While there are plenty of potions in jars, bottles and tubs alike that claim skin-changing miracles will ensue with use, touting collagen as one of these miracle ingredients, unfortunately, won’t do much (apart from separate you from your hard-earned cash). When applied topically, collagen doesn’t do much in the transformation department; rather, collagen replenishment and stimulation of its production has to come from within. Read on to find out how to get the good stuff in you — and working hard for you — the right way.
What is collagen?
Simply put, collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It’s imperative for supporting bone health and overall wellness, as it makes up all of the body’s ligaments, tendons, muscles, and skin. Apart from the obvious necessity of those components staying in tip-top shape, collagen has the added benefit of majorly improving skin’s vitality and youthfulness: by strengthening skin, collagen boosts elasticity and hydration and is especially important to keep collagen levels stable as they naturally drop off as we age. But there’s a catch when it comes to collagen: the molecule is too large to penetrate when applied topically and must be ingested for any absorption and benefits to be present.
The Lowdown on What’s What
Let’s get one thing straight, straight away: there is no such existence of vegan collagen. While there are ten different types, and each can come from a variety of sources. But which type reigns supreme? Marine collagen comes out on top, and for a variety of reasons. For starters, marine collagen is smaller than other types, giving them a superior edge in bioavailability and digestibility. This means the enhanced absorption makes it easier for your body to flood your skin and joints with more of the skin- and bone-boosting benefits, and you’ll really reap the benefits of the supplement. Lastly, marine collagen also contains higher levels of the amino acid hydroxyproline than other types of collagen, which ultimately means skin, joint and bone cells are more stimulated by collagen synthesis.
Get the Good Stuff
Not all collagen supplements are created equal, but Skin B5’s brand new Clear Skin Superfood Booster supplies high-quality collagen as well as boasting ingredients that provide nutrients that further stimulate collagen production from the inside out. Providing elasticity to the skin, the Clear Skin Superfood Booster is a rich source of Vitamin C&D, Silica and marine collagen — all ingredients your skin craves for optimal health and improved elasticity and hydration. Radiant skin needs collagen and all essential skin health nutrients to truly glow from the inside out, and SkinB5’s Clear Skin Superfood Booster delivers just that in one convenient formula.
Aimée Wice is a beauty junkie, fashion fanatic, health and fitness freak and travel lover currently living in love with her better half in Sydney. She has contributed to print and digital publications such as FASHION, Fitness First, Sporteluxe, Style Nest UK, Women’s Health Australia, The Beauty Insider, whimn.com.au, The Huffington Post’s Blog, BEAUTY/Crew, Best Health Magazine, The Lifestyle Edit, Elite Daily, Esprit Magazine, ELLE Canada, nine.com.au, and Glow, to name a few.
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