Collagen is an important protein in our body that is found in tendons and ligaments, skin, bones and eyes. It is a fibrous protein that acts as a “glue” to keep our body together. In our youth, our body has an abundance of collagen, but after age 35 collagen starts to degrade. That’s the beginning of aging: our skin loses its elasticity and strength, causing wrinkles. Bones get weaker. Cartilage starts to wear down causing joint pain.
All is not lost, though. Science has found a way to stabilize collagen by combining it with various anti- aging substances. Due to this stabilization process, it is now used in cosmetic applications such as facial and lip fillers, (no “fish” lips, please), to plump up our face and make skin smoother, younger looking. Collagen fillers are safe, as it is a natural substance. Collagen is also found in many anti-aging creams, as well as a supplement. The thinking behind that theory is that supplements build up collagen levels from inside making it more effective.
Collagen in cosmetic procedures only lasts a few months, so it could be a costly procedure. Collagen supplements that have hyaluronic acid added are a good combination to be used in supplements to aid in our anti-aging endeavors. It’s wonderful to age “gracefully”, but I think it’s better to be proactive, rather than reactive.
The idea here is, to maximize the effects of collagen, by combining it with creams and supplements, thus building on it from inside out. Just because you are of a “certain” age doesn’t mean you have to act it.