THE SCIENCE OF BEAUTY! Attribute your beauty to Collagen
Who doesn’t wish for a radiant, glowing skin? Well,
everyone does! Nevertheless, there’s no single, sure answer to the question “How
to get a youthful, radiant, or glowing skin?” Lotions, creams and masks may
give you a temporary effect; but won’t give you that real glow unless it comes
Well, if you’ve tried out everything on the planet
and still wonder what would really keep make your skin glow; the answer is Collagen - the protein that
exists abundantly in your body.
Do you know?
75% of skin’s protein is made from Collagen that causes
skin to appear
youthful and responsible for elasticity and softness of skin
Collagen keeps our skin from sagging, and gives it
that plump, youthful look.
Collagen is not only produced in the body
naturally; but is also a popular supplement and a common ingredient in beauty
products. It is known to improve the health of your skin. Studies show that collagen
improves skin elasticity, reduces visible wrinkles, and increases blood flow to
the skin. So let’s find out what exactly collagen does to keep your skin
Collagen's role in the body:
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body.
Human body has different types of collagen; and it is the major component of all
connective tissues that make up several body parts; including tendons,
ligaments, skin and muscles. Collagen is involved in many important functions,
including providing your skin with structure and strengthening your bones.
Do you know?
After the age 25, Collagen decreases by 1.5% per year,
due to this skin looks dry, dull, sags and wrinkles appear.
Your body naturally makes collagen, but this production
decreases with age. Starting with the mid-20s, we slowly begin to lose
collagen. Women can lose up to 30% of their collagen production in the first 5
years of menopause. Therefore, many women resort to taking collagen
supplements as their anti-ageing regimen.
Different Types of Collagen:
Collagen Type I:
This accounts for about 90% of your body’s
collagen. It provides structure to bones, tendons, ligaments, connective
tissues amongst many other organs
Collagen Type II:
This collagen is made of
loosely packed fibers and found in elastic cartilage which provides cushioning
Collagen Type III:
This third type of
collagen helps in building the structure of muscles and arteries
Collagen Type IV:
This is the main collagen
component of the basement membrane. It is a network-forming collagen that
underlies epithelial and endothelial cells and functions as a barrier between
Sources of collagen
Besides being produced naturally in the body,
collagen content in the body can be increased by consuming certain foods like
eggs, fish, chicken or citrus fruits. Also other foods that help in increasing
collagen content are legumes, lentils, pulses, cottage cheese, soy, tofu,
yogurt, rice, pasta, whole grain bread, quinoa, and barley to name a few.
Collagen is also available as a supplement.
How do collagen supplements work?
Collagen supplements are generally safe, quite easy
to use, and worth trying for their potential benefits. According to studies,
supplemental collagen may help improve skin texture and muscle mass, as well as
reduce osteoarthritis pain. There are no specific precautions to observe while
taking collagen; except for hypersensitivity to the source or any of the
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