Collagen. It’s the bouncy protein that makes up the main scaffolding of our skin. It is what gives our skin strength and elasticity and it’s responsible for making our complexions look smooth, youthful, plump and supple. Essential stuff.
It does not stop at our complexions. “Collagen is basically the ingredient that holds everything together in the body,” explains Lisa Borg, nutritionist at Pulse Light Clinic. It’s essential for keeping our bones strong. “It supports joints and tendons and it strengthens hair, teeth and nails,.
Sounds like good stuff, right? Except, of course, as we age, our bodies ability to produce collagen depletes. And, when our bodies are low on collagen, “it is used for more essential repairs such as muscle building,” says Lisa, which means our complexions do not get much of a look-in.
What is collagen?
“Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and it’s essential for building muscle and cell repair. It’s a long, fibrous, structural protein – it’s rope-like in appearance – that gives the skin strength and elasticity,” says Alexis Granite, dermatologist at Mallucci London.
Often described as scaffolding for the skin, it acts like a trampoline providing a supportive base structure and giving us the ‘boiiing’ we need for bouncy, healthy-looking skin. Think plump, juicy skin.
With its fundamental face-perking credentials, it stands to the reason that beauty brands and consumers want in on the action with skincare that contains the ingredient and promises to give our skin added oomph.
Where does collagen come from?
Collagen is not just an essential component of the skin, but it can also be found throughout the entire body. “There are at least 28 different types of collagen, but over 90% of the collagen in our bodies is type one. It’s found in skin, tendons, blood vessels, organs and bones,” says Granite. Essentially, it works like glue to bind tissue together. Whenever we encounter damage in or on our body, collagen production is triggered within our cells to help repair and heal the wound.
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