Collagen. If you’re in the beauty space (or just familiar and keep up with articles and updates), you would have heard and seen the word “collagen” almost everywhere. How beneficial is collagen for your skin specifically, and is it worth the hype? The Secret Beauty Club will always let you in on our skincare secrets. We’re going to unpack collagen step-by-step.
So, where does this popular ingredient come from? Collagen is made naturally in the body. Animals have it too! It is a protein that helps us build and connect tissues within our body (think skin, bones, and all of those beautiful connective tissues). As we get older, our body’s ability to naturally create collagen starts to decrease, and this is where the gap is to feed and boost your skin with a product. External factors such as smoking, pollution, and UV exposure can also cause our levels to decrease. Your diet (taking in too much sugar, unprocessed foods, and refined carbohydrates) and high-stress levels can also play a role. The Secret Beauty Club takes a holistic approach to beauty - feeling good and taking care of ourselves is both an internal and external thing.
Research has shown that there is a distinct link between nutrition and skin aging. There’s a lot that we can tell by just listening to our bodies. When you’ve had a stormy night’s rest, your skin may look and feel puffy. Your eyes are dry, and you could have dark under-eye circles. If you’re eating on the go and loading up with lots of caffeine and sugar, your energy can crash quickly, you retain water, and your skin can end up feeling dehydrated and looking blotchy. When you are in your usual routine of drinking enough water, getting the right amount of sleep for your body, and using your skincare products - you will probably feel a lot more “together,” and your skin is happier too. Some nutrients have been found to support the production of collagen. One could start with including vitamin C (look to your citrus foods such as oranges, lemons, and strawberries), proline (you can get this by loading up on egg whites and other proline-rich foods such as cheese and cabbage), and vitamin A (this is high in animal organs such as liver). When you’re enjoying a diet full of collagen-rich foods, you’re taking in a diverse plate of vitamins and minerals and can rest well knowing that you’re doing what you can to load up on your collagen in the most natural way!
Collagen helps our skin stay soft, flexible, and plump. It is also vital in maintaining flexible joints and strong bones. In the last while, we have seen an influx of collagen drinks, collagen supplement powders (for the addition to tea, coffee, smoothies, soup, broth, and casseroles), collagen-infused snacks, and even sweet treats and chocolate bars. Yes, variety is the spice of life, but the research must be there to hold up the claims when it comes to expensive, more luxury-type products.
The Secret Beauty Club has created products that deeply penetrate the skin and work with our bodies to stimulate collagen production. Our Apple Seed Cell Serum contains apple seed extract, which helps rev up the skin’s ability to produce collagen. This powerful ingredient does a lot for aging skin, and if your aim is collagen production, we recommend pairing this serum with our Micro Derma Roller. This combination is designed for easy, at-home use. The tiny needles in this roller penetrate the skin - allowing the serum to soak into the lower layers of the dermis. As the skin works to “repair” the tiny punctures the roller has made, the body starts to gear up to produce collagen. As this restoration takes place, it is the beginning of a plumping up of the skin, and you’ll enjoy a natural glow. With a consistent approach, continued use, combined with lifestyle management, you’re able to make the most of the benefits of collagen and your skin health.
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