What is collagen? - Technically, collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It's found in your hair, your skin, your nails, and is the main protein in your connective tissue, which basically connects your whole body.
What does collagen do? - Collagen helps the connective tissue function properly. An easy way to explain it is to think of your connective tissue as a wet sponge. You can stretch it, you can pull it… it's pretty elastic. But when it's not in good health, it's like a dry sponge; it's not as hydrated, not as bouncy, and not as full. And as a result, it doesn’t function as well and you appear older.
To accentuate the effectiveness and important of collagen, Dr Paul Banwell, a plastic surgeon and skin expert for Skinade recently told Harper's BAZAAR.
"Our natural collagen production slows down from our early 20s by 1-1.5% every year and by the time you turn 50, most individuals will have lost about 50% of the collagen in your skin.
It's also important to be aware that women experience a dramatic collagen reduction after menopause. Less collagen = more wrinkles, weakened joint cartilages, thinner hair and vaginal laxity. What is Vaginal Laxity? Dr Sabika Karim, a physician at Revere Clinic in London, answered this question in her interview with Marie Claire
“Just like skin, vaginal tissue relies on collagen for its support. With the normal ageing process or physical stresses from child-bearing, the tissue can become overstretched and weakened” Dr. Karim said. “The result is very commonly a feeling of vaginal looseness called laxity, the side-effects of which can be a loss of sensation during intercourse, inability to orgasm or fewer orgasms and even urinary incontinence"
Why is collagen important to beauty? - As you get older, your collagen production reduces, which is why young people have bouncy, full skin and as you get older your skin seems less elastic. The more you can boost your collagen levels, the younger you will look and feel. That’s why collagen supplementation is great as you get older because it actually provides a daily source of what your body is creating less of and it makes you look fresher and younger.
What's the best way to boost collagen? - There are lots of skin creams, oils and topical treatments out there, but the best way to boost your collagen levels is by eating it! That’s because your body can start to use it immediately.
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