Understanding how collagen works, this from Founders of Optima Nutricosmetics Karissa Mather and Cate Lilja
What is Collagen?
Most of us know collagen plays a major role in promoting our health and beauty but we at Optima feel this skin superstar deserves a little more airtime. Collagen is a VIP (very important protein) – a major cellular building block, providing structure to our skin, bones, joints and organs. It’s just unfortunate that as we age, we start to have less of it in our skin, leading to the visible signs of ageing. Luckily, we can boost our body’s own production with the right collagen supplement. Stay with us to discover how collagen works, why it’s essential to looking our best, and how to get more of it into our lives.
Where does it come from?
The body makes five different types of its own collagen for different bodily tissue. The collagen in human skin is comprised of 90 per cent type 1 collagen. As well as skin, type 1 collagen is also present in bones and blood vessels. From the age of about 30, the quantity and quality of collagen produced in our skin diminishes, resulting in the visible signs of ageing. This is where supplements can help. But before you pop just any old collagen, it’s important to understand that there are different types of collagen – both produced within our bodies and in supplement form that we put into our bodies. Supplementing the right collagen for our skin will produce the best results – like the right key for the matching lock.
Why is it important?
Ageing, lifestyle and environmental factors all impact the production of collagen in our skin. This leads to loss of structure and the visible signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, loss of elasticity, and dehydration. As we age, our collagen fibres can also become weak and fragmented, resulting in increased oxidative stress, thinning of the skin, impaired wound healing and reduced vascularisation. Supplementing collagen not only provides the amino acids the body requires to produce more, better quality collagen, but certain types of collagen supplements – such as the type 1 hydrolysed marine collagen featured in our collagen supplement – can also stimulate our fibroblasts to produce more, better quality collagen.
The skin will resultantly retain more moisture and elasticity, making it more resilient and beautiful as we age.