Achieving Younger Looking Skin Isn’t As Hard As You Think
It might be a surprise to know that the collagen levels of the skin—the protein that keeps it firm—start to decrease as early as your teenage years, says New York City dermatologist Patricia Wexler, MD. Most women start to notice fine lines and slackness of skin around age 25. "Genetics play a big part in the way we age," Wexler says, "but it’s how we start taking care of the skin early on that plays a predominant role in changing that."
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, making up about one-third of its protein composition. It’s one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
You may think of it as the “glue” that holds all these bodily parts together. In fact, the word actually comes from the Greek word “kólla,” which means glue.
As you age, your body starts to produce lesser and lower quality collagen. One of the most noticeable signs of this is in your skin, which becomes less firm and supple.
How is our skin different at certain ages?
Late 20s –
Genetics, lifestyle choices and environmental factors will determine the stage at which the epidermis and the dermis start to thin out but, from the age of 25, the first signs of aging may appear, most likely in the form of fine lines.
When the skin starts to get thinner, its barrier function and its natural protection against UV rays also gradually reduce.
Collagen mass and flexibility begin to decrease at a rate of approximately 1% a year.
During your 30s –
- Skins barrier functions weakens
- The metabolic processes of the cells begin slow down
- Skin’s moisture loss increases as skin produces less hyaluronic acid
- Collagen continues to deplete at 1% a year and more fine lines and wrinkles form
40s to late 50s –
The ordered arrangement of the individual layers of the epidermis is lost. Fewer cells form, existing cells shrink and the top layers of skin become much thinner. This leads to:
- Skin becomes rougher and drier
- An increase of fine lines and wrinkles
- Hyperpigmentation starts to form (Also known as age spots)
- Impair wound/scar healing
The connective tissues in the center layer of the skin lose their fibrous structure and water-binding ability and start to break down. This leads to:
- A loss of skin plumpness and a change in contours of facial skin
- The development of deep set wrinkles
60s & 70s –
- A continued lack of hyaluronic acid and collagen results in dryness, dehydration and deep wrinkles.
- Skin regeneration slows down and it becomes increasingly thin, resulting in loss of elasticity
- Wound/scar healing is impaired
- UV sensitivity increases and is even more prone to hyperpigmentation
- Skin’s immune function has reduced, making it susceptible to infection.
How do we delay aging skin?
Aging skin problems are still on the rise even though women use different kinds of anti-aging, hydrating and anti-wrinkle skin care products almost every day.
This is because these skin care products can only reach the outer layer of the skin without being fully absorbed by the skin. This results in the continuation of aging skin, therefore, it is necessary to start supplying collagen to the skin directly from the inside through oral collagen supplements.
What options are there?
There are many ways you can supply the skin with collagen, such as eating collagen-rich foods and there are also medical and aesthetic institutions that can provide collagen injections. However, these methods tend to have many disadvantages.
Collagen-rich foods such as trotters and beef tendons may be rich in collagen, but the collagen molecules are far too large to be absorbed by the human body. Hence, this method does not work.
Getting injections of collagen also has its risks. The collagen that is used by medical and aesthetic institutions contains heterogeneous types of collagen and it is likely to cause skin allergic reactions. Excessive injection may also cause abnormal local skin nodules.
Hence, the safest and most effective way of replenishing collagen in the skin is oral supplements. Collagen molecules that enter the intestine through oral administration will be further broken down into glycine, proline and lysine by digestive enzymes, and then absorbed by the intestine. The amino acid raw materials are then re-assembled in the body to supplement the missing collagen in the skin and other various parts of the body.
What oral collagen supplements should I take?
Many different kinds of oral collagen supplements have been advertised all over the world with mixed results, so one must be careful when selecting a suitable collagen product. Your choice should be evaluated based on the brand reputation, molecular weight of the collagen molecules, and the active ingredient content of the product.
For the molecular weight, it is directly related to the absorption rate. The optimal weight is around 1000D-2500D (anything above 3000D cannot be absorbed easily by the body, and anything that falls below 1000D is not stable enough).
Lastly, the effective content of the product collagen is in the ingredient list. The product can only work when the effective content is sufficient.
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