Sagging Skin and Collagen Supplements: The Truth

  • By RenewAlliance, Inc.
  • 06 Jun, 2016

We uncover whether collagen supplements can help sagging skin. 

Can Collagen Supplements Help Tighten Sagging Skin? | RenewAlliance Blog
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and acts as an outer shield. It protects you from the elements, environmental irritants, the sun’s rays, and more, so it’s no surprise that you start to see signs of wear and tear on your skin as you age. One telltale sign of aging skin is the loss of elasticity. Elasticity is the skin’s ability to stretch and then return to its normal state.
Loss of Elasticity Causes the Skin To Sag
During the aging process, the underlying structure of your skin starts to break down, and your skin renews itself less frequently. Factors like sun damage, changes in your weight, and genetics are also to blame. Fortunately, by replenishing your skin’s collagen, you can counteract the loss of elasticity and keep your skin looking firm and youthful.
What's The Relationship Between Collagen and Skin Elasticity?
Collagen Type I & III makes up approximately 80% of the dermis, which is the deepest layer of the skin. It forms a dense network throughout the dermis. Together, collagen and elastin form the extracellular matrix, giving skin its elasticity, firmness, and structure. We naturally lose collagen as we age, and the skin starts to sag due to the breakdown of collagen, elastin, and fat. As a result, the skin becomes thinner and less springy, hence sagging skin.
Collagen in the skin is primarily produced by fibroblasts. Aged fibroblasts tend to synthesize lower levels of collagen, and an aged dermis exhibits changes in collagen and elastin production. For example, a photo-aged dermis contains disorganized collagen fibers and abnormal elastin. Smoking can also change components of the dermis and affect collagen synthesis. Activating fibroblasts results in the increased production of collagen, and that’s where the benefits of collagen supplementation lie.
Taking a collagen supplement can help with collagen depletion, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. | RenewAlliance
Topical Collagen Skin Care Products: Worth the Hype?
There are many collagen-based products on the market today that promise to make your skin look younger by stimulating collagen production. However, the benefits of these products are often questionable. Many people believe that they can tighten sagging skin with a topical collagen cream or serum, but the reality is that the collagen molecules from cream are far too large to actually penetrate the dermis of our skin. The only proven way to boost collagen production and help keep your skin firm is to take a hydrolyzed collagen supplement and stimulate collagen production from within.
Benefits of Ingesting Hydrolyzed Collagen Supplement for Skin
The molecular weight of collagen is measured in Daltons. In its natural form, collagen has a molecular weight of over 200,000 daltons, which makes it too dense to reach the dermis. In order for a collagen supplement to get transported into the dermis layer and produce noticeable effects on the skin, the collagen must be hydrolyzed and broken down into peptides small enough to cross the intestinal barrier and reach the bloodstream. A multitude of scientific studies have shown that taking a hydrolyzed collagen supplement can increase collagen production, rebuilding and strengthening the skin. 
How to Tighten Sagging Skin with the Right Collagen Supplement
Collagen supplements will produce the visible results if you pick the right one for the job.

It’s important to select a collagen supplement that is highly bioavailable and contains a high concentration of hydrolyzed Type I & III collagen. Bioavailability is defined as the amount of a dietary bioactive compound that crosses the intestinal barrier, reaches the bloodstream, and is available to be metabolized and stored in the body. A highly bioavailable collagen supplement is more easily absorbed by the body. Studies have shown that collagen peptides can be efficiently absorbed and distributed to the dermis where they stimulate the proliferation of fibroblasts and increase the density and diameter of collagen fibers. For a guide on how to buy the best collagen supplement, click here
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By RenewAlliance, Inc. 30 Jun, 2017
We all live for the summer months! Nothing is better than going to the lake, beach, or hanging out at the pool with your family and friends on a long, hot summer day. While this is therapeutic to the mind and spirit, it may not always be so great for your skin. And we all know that we’re supposed to wear sunscreen on the regular to help protect our skin from the sun’s damaging rays, but maintaining coverage and reapplying sunscreen is sometimes a task that escapes us while we are having fun. Unconsciously, we may end up with a sunburn, which is a clear indicator of immediate skin damage. This damage accumulates over time, and accelerates the skin aging in all of us, resulting in dark/sun spots (hyperpigmentation), and contributes to other subcutaneous skin structure breakdown that leads to lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Which is a major bummer for our beauty goals.
By RenewAlliance, Inc. 16 Jun, 2017

Aging is kind of a bummer, am I right? 

Even though our mothers gave us the heads-up that things are going to change, we then wake up one morning (approx. age 35 for me) and realize that 1) Things HAVE changed, along with 2) Mom was right…AGAIN . And unfortunately, our skin is usually where we see the effects of aging in our bodies first. From dryness, to volume loss and fine lines, to perhaps even the oh-so-unfair adult onset acne, time has a way of wreaking havoc on our once pristine skin. 

But the great news is, we can reduce these effects by nourishing our skin from the inside, out. And as a registered dietitian, I’m here to provide a few proven nutrition tips and real-life tricks, to nourish your skin to help keep it glowing and healthy for years to come.

By RenewAlliance, Inc. 02 Jun, 2017

Protecting your skin from the sun is important, no matter what time of year it is, but it’s especially vital in the summertime. While you might want to bare your skin in the summer to achieve a beautiful, sun-kissed complexion, UVA and UVB radiation from the sun can wreak havoc on your skin and cause premature aging if you aren’t careful.

UVA rays, which account for 90 to 95 percent of the UV radiation that reaches the earth, penetrate deep layers of the skin and cause tanning. UVB radiation accounts for only 5 to 10 percent of solar radiation, but it damages the epidermis, or surface layer of the skin, causing sunburn.

  UVA rays cause the collagen in your skin to break down at a higher rate than normal aging . They do this by penetrating the dermis, or middle layer of the skin, and lead to the abnormal buildup of elastin. This elastin accumulates and results in the production of enzymes that break down collagen.

The more sun exposure you get, the worse the damage becomes. UV radiation also creates free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that increase the number of enzymes that break down collagen. An excessive amount of free radicals in your body can also weaken your vascular system, cause poor circulation, and lead to deteriorated eye health.

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