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Surface application COLLAGEN vs Consuming Collagen

Collagen is one of the most commonly mentioned terms when it comes to skin care. It has become an indispensable ingredient in many creams, serums and lotions that promise beautiful and well-groomed skin and anti-aging effect. But on the other hand, we have become more aware of the fact that in the long run it is much more effective to nourish the whole body from the inside, including the skin, which is our largest organ. In recent years, the greatest attention has been paid to collagen as a supplement and a handful of different manufacturers have appeared on the world market.

Collagen levels decline in our body starting around 25. On average, the average annual decrease is about 1%, and different tables of life also affect the rate of decrease in its level, such as: smoking, excessive exposure to the sun’s rays, insufficient fluid intake, diet poor in quality foods and processed foods. Over time, this all leads to dehydrated skin, the appearance of the first wrinkles and fine lines, declining muscle mass and of course to reduced elasticity and firmness of the skin and only then most begin to think about the introduction of collagen replacement that promises elasticity and shine of the skin and generally improved appearance of the skin, hair, and nails.

Is there a difference between superficial application of collagen and consumption of collagen supplements?

Superficial application of collagen involves applying collagen directly to the skin in the form of creams, serums and lotions, while consuming collagen as a supplement means taking collagen orally in liquid form or in capsules. The result of superficial application of collagen is instantly hydrated, shiny and smooth skin, while consuming collagen supplements have a long-term effect on the condition of the skin.

Namely, collagen molecules in cosmetic preparations are too large for absorption into the deeper layers of the skin, i.e. into the dermis, and therefore we will notice only the immediate effect. Therefore, it is recommended to choose a supplement called hydrolyzed collagen peptides which means that collagen molecules are so tiny that in the digestive tract they easily connect with enzymes and thus get into the parts of our body where we actually need them, which are skin, hair, nails, joints, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bones.

Research shows that by consuming 10g of hydrolyzed collagen per day, we can contribute to 28% better skin hydration. Of course, it is important to note that the visible results depend on the regularity of consumption, the quality and purity of the selected supplement and the lifestyle of the consumer.