Collagen and my skin - get the facts
What is collagen?
Collagen is a vital skin protein; it is nature’s own ingredient for keeping our bodies firm, springy and supple. You’ll find collagen not only in skin but in your nails, connective tissues, bones, muscles and blood vessels. It is essential for tissue repair, joint health and cell regeneration.
Described by our founder James as “the glue that holds us together”, collagen is also crucial as a structural protein. It affects the way that we look, feel and move.
Am I losing my collagen?
Our bodies naturally produce more collagen for everyday repair and renewal but from our early to mid-20s, the rate of collagen production begins to slow down. This means that every adult is losing collagen as they age.
Scientific studies show that we lose up to 1.5% percent of collagen each year; by the time we are 40, our collagen levels have dropped by 30%. This loss accelerates for women during and after the menopause.
The signs of collagen loss
While collagen occurs in many parts of the body, it is our faces that help us to most easily gauge the state of our collagen levels. Signs of collagen loss in our skin include:
- Increase in fine lines and wrinkles.
- Sagging skin and poor skin elasticity.
- Dry skin that lacks vitality.
- Slow recovery form skin damage, including acne.
How collagen supplements help
The results from clinical studies on VERISOL® – the collagen formulation used in our ingestible beauty capsules and drinks - show that collagen supplements can support skin wellbeing.
Ingesting collagen capsules or drinks boosts collagen levels in the body. The key benefit is from the body sensing an abundance of collagen in the system and believing that collagen is being lost. The brain reacts by triggering the production of more collagen and the net result is that extra collagen is available to support skin and tissue renewal.
Science is essential
The collagen that we use in our supplements is sourced from the hides of pasture-fed cows. Our topical skincare uses plant-based collagen.
With other forms of collagen supplements on the market, we wanted to take a moment to explore why we have chosen to use bovine collagen. For us, the science is essential here.
Collagen is not just a vital protein in humans but in other mammals too. It is also is abundant in marine and plant life.
Clinical studies into VERISOL®, the bovine formulation used in our supplements, have consistently delivered strong results. This formulation has been the subject of a large number of studies and we take time to scrutinise these. Bovine collagen also shares some of the same characteristics as human collagen and this aids its bioavailability (how our bodies can use and absorb collagen).
The scientific research behind both marine and plant collagen is less compelling and these sources have been studied far less than bovine collagen. We continue to monitor the science and the wider market for collagen supplementation and will always consider new products when clinical results can demonstrate effectiveness.
Clinical studies on our collagen formulation - Study the detail behind the clinical studies on VERISOL® here.