Collagen

Have you ever wondered what is in your makeup?  What is in your skin care?  Well, this is the page to find out.  Together we will explore different ingredients and find out if they are things you actually want to put on your skin…

 

Collagen is one of the miracle ingredients of youth.  Found in muscles and tendons, skin, bones and muscles; Collagen makes up over 25% of the bodies protein content.   It is touted as the ingredient in life that gives us plump cheeks and a youthful glow.  Basically, it makes the skin denser.  As we age our skin becomes thinner, saggier, we see more veins and dark circles.

Collagen has a ton medical applications from wound care to bone grafts.  In terms of cosmetic applications collagen is used in injectable fillers (also called Dermal Fillers) supplements and creams.

There are two types of Collagen.  Regular: Think Jello gelatin and Hydrolized:  This is gelatin that has been broken down in to peptides so that it is easier for the body to absorb.  This is what you would see in Collagen supplements.  With supplements approximately 90% of the Collagen is readily absorbed by the body.

Now for the ugly parts:

When used as a dermal filler Collagen can provide a happy long lasting result.  However, redness and allergic reactions have been reported.

Used in topical applications the Collagen has no way of penetrating the skin deeply enough to actually affect the tissues underneath.  At least in terms of anything that I have run across in my research, I would love to hear feedback if there is more information out there.

Oral use can alleviate joint discomfort but, you may also run into side effects such as: Swelling, allergic reactions, constipation, heartburn, hypercalcaemia ( A high level of calcium in the blood), and a really bad aftertaste.

Collagen is typically derived from marine sources (fish) or bovine sources (cows).  This makes it completely unsuitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.  Because yes, you are wallowing in ground up animal skin and bones, yuck.   I have heard reports of a Vegetarian Collagen made from Silica.  But, I have not been able to find out much about it, and I have never seen a Vegetarian Collagen marketed in the store.   I have seen Vegetarian capsules marketed, but I think it is just a way to trap the unwary consumer who doesn’t understand that they are having a Vegetarian capsule full of animal products.

In the interest of full disclosure I should tell you that when my back was really bad I did try the bovine collagen supplements.   I ended up bloated and swollen with no major difference in my back or in my skin.  Animal welfare is a complex issue and what is right for me, may not be what is right for you.  To each their own.  Personally, I won’t buy it again.

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