We have something very exciting up our sleeve for this week’s classroom piece. It’s something that’s been around for a long time and almost every person in the world has heard about. You guessed it, we are of course talking about skincare supplements.
With a new addition to the Ology32 family the amazing brand Ancient + Brave deserves it’s time in the spotlight. They have some fantastic products that should be talked about more, but there is something more specific that we would love to talk about today and that is collagen supplements. Ancient + Brave have a wide range of supplements and they even do vegan formulas. Adding collagen to your routine in form of supplements can do wonders for your skin and body. It helps with the hydration levels in your skin, fine lines, plumpness and the skins ability to heal itself.
Let’s just stop for a second and talk about what collagen actually is. Collagen is the main component of your skin, it makes up about 75-80% of the total weight of your skin. Collagen is an umbrella term for protein that’s found in the body. There’s about 28 different types of protein in the body and each of them is found in different places for a specific purpose. All that protein makes up the majority of the skin, connective tissues, muscles and parts of the bones. As we age the amount of collagen that’s found in the body slowly starts to decline. This is why when we get older wrinkles occur, our skin loses hydration, and appears thinner and with less elasticity.
You may be left thinking that since there’s collagen creams, lotions, serums, etc. Why do I need to take supplements? Excellent question. Luckily it’s a very easy answer. The collagen molecules within serums, lotions and creams are too big to penetrate the skin which makes it harder to be absorbed with this method. Therefore by ingesting supplements it’s easier for the body to absorb and distribute the collagen more effectively.
The main question about any sort of skincare or beauty treatment is always: does it actually work? We’re here to tell you that yes it does. During a study from the University of Kiel in Germany half of the people within this trial where put on placebo and the other half used supplements. After both week 4 and 8 there was a statistically significant increase of skin elasticity. Another study from the journal of cosmetic dermatology did a similar test. Three groups where used in this study: one using a placebo, the second using “supplements A”, and the third “supplement B”. The group that used the placebo had no difference in their skin. While group A had an increase of skin hydration of 12% after eight weeks and group B had an increase of 16% after 4 weeks.
In conclusion, by regularly using supplements it will improve the over all health of your skin and helps to hydrate and keep pesky fine lines at bay. What is great about the Ancient + Brave supplements is that it comes in powder form, so it’s easy to slot into your day. You can have it in both hot and cold beverages and even let it rest on your overnight oats.
Disclaimer: If you are currently taking any form of medication or under going treatments from either a doctor or dermatologist, please consult them before taking any form of supplements. That includes vitamin supplements.
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