If you are past 25, you should be familiar with the term collagen, or in fact, are researching on how to increase collagen production in your body to prevent ageing. With all the articles on collagen and its importance in our quest for the fountain of youth, we are going to go more in-depth and find out what exactly this magical ingredient is, and how we can get our collagen fix.
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What is collagen?
Collagen is a protein produced by the human body that gives our skin strength and elasticity. However, its production slows down as we age, along with other factors like over-exposure to the sun, environmental pollutants, and unhealthy lifestyle. The decrease in collagen levels will show on our skin through signs of ageing — wrinkles, loss of volume, dull complexion, and sagging skin. This is the reason why many of us are trying to replenish our skin’s collagen level to reverse the ageing process.
Different ways to up your collagen level
The demand for collagen supplements has risen over the years as consumers are well-informed of its benefits, and many brands have come up with different products to satisfy the market needs.
We did a poll with our readers and 43% of them uses collagen supplements. Out of the 53%, 39% choose to ingest them orally, with only 14% of them getting their collagen fixed from skincare.
Let’s find out if collagen supplements really work, and here are some of the different ways you can get your collagen fix.
1. Ingestible collagen
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Ingestible collagen supplements come in many forms — from powder to pills and jelly. While it used to smell and taste fishy in the past, collagen supplements can taste really yummy and even fruity these days. While some people swear by it, the science behind it says that because collagen is a protein, it breaks down into amino acids during digestion. This prevents the collagen that you eat from benefitting your skin. But amino acids are known as a muscle maker and even a mood lifter so if having a collagen hotpot makes you smile, then tuck in!
2. Collagen-infused skincare products
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Walk down the aisle of any beauty departments in the mall and you are bound to see the word "collagen" everywhere. Although some say that collagen molecules are too big to penetrate into the skin, some collagen-infused skincare come with ingredients like peptides and vitamins C that contain hydrating and firming properties so there is no harm including them to your skincare regime. Some reports also say that the type of collagen used in skincare makes a difference in efficacy. Marine collagen, for instance, is said to have the smallest particle size, which aids its absorbability by our skin.
3. Dermal fillers
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Injecting dermal fillers is a common lunchtime treatment to contour, re-volumise, and even out wrinkles on our face. This helps to restore a youthful look to the skin!
What many do not know is that some fillers like Sculptra and Radiesse contain microscopic particles that prompt the body to produce its own collagen to plump up the skin. The filler that is injected, combined with the collagen production properties, works together to give us smoother and fuller skin.
Ultherapy is a focused ultrasound treatment to target ageing skin. The ultrasound waves penetrate the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) layer of our skin without disrupting the surface of the skin. This triggers the body to produce its own collagen to tighten and lift the skin.
If you still have questions on how to get your collagen fix after this, why not book an appointment with Halley Medical Aesthetics to find out more about the different collagen-boosting treatments available and which treatment is most suitable for you.
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