Whether it's on a billboard or the back of a beauty product, the term collagen isn't new to any of us. We've heard of it before and know it does a world of good for our skin. But what is it really? If you've found yourself asking that question, you've come to the right place.
Collagen is one of the body's most abundantly produced proteins which is present throughout the tendons, cartilage and skin. It contains a cocktail of amino acids and makes up for a large part of our skin. Collagen holds the internal structures of the body in place and is responsible for keeping the skin firm and supple. Says Dr. Rashmi Shetty in her book, Age Erase, "Proteins are fundamental components of all living cells and are the key element in our skin and hair makeup."
As one's age progresses, the body's production of collagen declines. Till around 35 years of age, collagen is produced regularly until it isn't. "As your skin ages, the collagen and elastin regenerate less and the structure gets damaged," confirms Dr. Shetty in Age Erase. That's why you may spot your skin changing drastically during these years. Its decline causes the outermost layer of the skin to thin out, making it loose and saggy.
While collagen infused creams and serums do exist, they aren't known to be highly effective as their molecules are either too large to penetrate through the skin or too minuscule to merge with the skin's own collagen. However, all isn't lost. The most effective way to give your skin the benefit of collagen is with collagen injections or more accessible, a diet that's rich in collagen.
To give your skin a boost of collagen in the most natural and nutritious way possible, add fish, bone broth, eggs, soy and berries to your diet. They work to internally give your skin's collagen production a helping hand and promotes healthy, supple skin.