Collagen. It’s everywhere — literally.
We know there is a — lot of buzz around and with so many collagen supplements on the market, it can be hard to know what to try and what not to. There’s a lot to learn about quality, benefits, and advantages of adding collagen to your Pro-Aging skin care regimen. Let this article serve as your guide.
What is collagen?
Simply put, collagen is the substance that holds our body together and is the most abundant protein in the entire body. This is important because without a strong foundation beneath the surface, the visible top layer of our skin cannot look its best. And this foundation is collagen.
The visible signs of healthy, ample amounts of collagen are smooth, supple and elastic skin which holds its integrity and bounces back quickly.
On the contrary, among other symptoms, the signs of not having enough collagen are skin wrinkles, ripples, and sagging.
While we only see the very top layer of our skin, but in fact, our skin is made up of three layers:
- The epidermis
- The dermis (this is where you skin’s collagen lives)
- The hypodermis
Since collagen is only found in the dermis layer of the skin, we only have two methods to naturally boost our collagen production:
Method 1 : Topically
The problem with collagen is that the molecule itself is too big to pass through our skin topically. This means that topical products containing collagen do not (and can not) increase collagen and cannot be absorbed through the skin.
But, there is one product that can benefit your collagen production — in fact, it’s essential to it!
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, skin-brightening nutrient which is required by our body’s synthesis of collagen.
Vitamin C in a high concentration (20%) is proven to be essential in the creation and production of collagen. So instead of purchasing a serum with (useless) collagen in it — reach for a high quality Vitamin C Concentrate instead!
(Psst... We have one, just for you, Face Yogi!)
Most collagen products on the market only offer up to 10% vitamin C, ours was designed for your aging skin, with 20% vitamin C from multiple vitamin-c rich sources.
Method 2: Through Supplements
Since skin care cosmetics which include collagen are a complete waste of time and money, your best option for boosting your body’s collagen is by incorporating it into your nutrition.
But, before you go browsing all across the internet for a collagen supplement — keep reading this article to know what works, and what doesn’t.
Why we need an ingestible collagen boost?
Although the aging process is natural and beautiful, it does devastate your natural collagen. By the time we hit 30 years of age, collagen production starts to take a massive drop, deteriorating by 1-2% every year.
If you’ve hit this milestone, you’ve noticed that your skin doesn’t bounce back like it used to, that you see more lines and creases from daily activities like sleeping, talking on the phone, and working.
Unfortunately, it’s not just your habits that are causing these wrinkles.
There are external factors at play against collagen and we experience many (or all) of them every single day:
- Diets high in sugar
- Processed foods
- Stress and illness
- Your age
Exposure to these puts you on the fast-track to collagen loss. But the good news is that if you understand how to rejuvenate and maintain the collagen in your body, like the two tips above you have a real fighting chance to maintain radiance!
Do collagen supplements work?
Collagen supplements work by introducing smaller, easy to digest molecules directly into the gut where it is digested and broken down into smaller particles our tissues can use.
Within one hour after ingestion, collagen from a powdered supplement appears in our bloodstream. That’s pretty fast!
Furthermore studies have demonstrated that this absorbed collagen can reach our skin where it can be retained in our tissues for up to two weeks. (Ok, we’re impressed!)
A growing number of lab-based studies have proven the potential for collagen supplements to show visible effectiveness and benefits like supporting*:
- Skin, hair, and nail luster and strength
- Wrinkles and scar tissue
- Stronger bones for an unstoppable body
- Healthy joints
TIP: Add collagen to your existing diet in the drinks you already consume every day.
What should I look for in a collagen supplement?
So, you’re ready to commit to a collagen supplement — that’s awesome! We’ve been doing all the research, testing, trial and error so you don’t have to and we’ve come up with some must haves (and some must not haves) for you.
First up, hydrolysis.
Research and scientific data prove that hydrolyzed collagen is the very best method for extracting collagen if you want to see benefits in your skin.
Hydrolyzed collagen is collagen that has been broken down from the source, through a water-driven process. These smaller, digestible particles are designed to be easily used by your body and provide a much higher chance of making it through the digestive process, improving your opportunity to reap the benefits for your skin, hair, nails, and joints.
Now that we know what process to look for, let’s talk about collagen type.
There are dozens of types of collagen proteins, but if you’re looking to support your skin, hair, nails, you want to find a collagen supplement with Type I and Type III collagen. Warning: Be wary of more than two types of collagen per supplement, because this can be a sign of dilution.
The Source Matters
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein which can be found in a variety of living things. When shopping for a collagen supplement you will see sources like bovine, chicken, pork, and marine.
Ingredients To AVOID
We believe that what you eat shows on your skin and that your nutrition is a fundamental part of healthy skin, and skin care. We recommend a well-balanced diet that limits sugars, artificial ingredients, and preservatives as much as possible, while giving your body what it desires.
Beware of hidden sugars, preservatives, and flavors in collagen supplements which can cause adverse effects on your skin...
Meet Your Collagen SuperPowder
You may have thought that finding a worthwhile way to boost your collagen was a mission impossible. But we’ve done it!
We’ve spent over two years crafting the perfect collagen supplement with an all-natural herbal recipe our Founder, Fumiko Takatsu drinks every day to support her skin.
We sustainably sourced our hydrolyzed collagen from wild-caught cod, added in some delicious and beneficial herbs, and added in a pinch of hyaluronic acid to give your skin a well-rounded superfood you can enjoy every delicious sip of!
We plan to launch our Collagen SuperPowder in our Shop very soon. Get on our waitlist to be the first to try the SuperPowder difference!
The Face Yoga Method Collagen SuperPowder supports*
- Overall improved skin look and condition
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Balances skin tone from hyperpigmentation and dark spots
- Healthy hair and nail growth
- Healthy joints
- Mood and memory
- Stronger bones for an unstoppable body
True beauty comes from the inside, our unique blend of all-natural ingredients go beyond the ordinary collagen supplements, offering your skin, bones, joints, hair, and nails essential vitamin support.
Using the highest quality marine collagen gives you rejuvenating support of collagen loss and aging. Then, seven beneficial herbs boost your benefits for your entire body and skin.
This handcrafted supplement powder is perfect for mixing into hot or cold liquids, or including in your favorite baking recipes. Delight your body and satisfy your cravings whenever you add this nutritious collagen SuperPowder to your day.
We believe beauty comes from the inside. Support it there.
At the Face Yoga Method we believe that quality skin care supports your inner beauty, and not just what we see on the surface. We know that a stunning lit-from-within glow is possible when you reclaim your skin care regimen and we help you unlock the ancient secrets of holistic skin care. It is our mission to empower you with the Tools, Products, and Skin Care you need to reveal your inner glow today, tomorrow, and beyond.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.