Smooth, supple, plump skin looks (and feels) good, no matter your age. And supporting your body’s collagen production—which starts to drop at the ripe age of thirty—is the most effective way to age gracefully.
Supporting collagen production is a two-pronged effort. External factors like a nourishing diet, regular exercise, and staying out of the sun are important, as are collagen supplements which keep skin youthful from the inside out.
Collagen is the “glue” that keeps our skin tight and youthful, after all—and even if growing old is inevitable, supplements can prevent sagging and the early onset of wrinkles. Collagen supplements provide critical amino acids to prolong our youthful appearance, and in just eight weeks, you’re promised a visible effect in your skin.
But if want to ensure your supplement is working, we crafted a simple guide, complete with information on whether you’re ingesting the correct variant, amount, and pairing it with the right supplements to guarantee results.
One of the most important elements in a collagen ingestible is the collagen itself. In case you weren’t aware, many collagen varieties exist. To know exactly what you’re ingesting—and what effects it promises, we’ve listed the 3 collagen varieties you will come across:
- Type 1 Collagen: Supports the skin
- Type 2 Collagen: Works to support the joints and cartilages
- Type 3 Collagen: Also supports the skin as well as the muscles
Type 1 and type 3 collagen are commonly paired in supplements while type 2 collagen is usually ingested separately. When checking the ingredients list of an ingestible, you might also want to see which collagen is used: marine or bovine.
Marine collagen is made up of fish and contains primarily type 1 collagen. Bovine collagen is made up of beef and contains type 1 and type 3 collagen. While marine collagen is a smaller molecule making it slightly easier to absorb, bovine contains 2 types of collagen.
COLLAGEN AMOUNT TO INGEST
Another important element? Knowing what amount of collagen to ingest. Apparently, the collagen serving you ingest matters. People ingest 5 grams to 30 grams of collagen everyday.
5 grams of collagen is the minimum amount to improve your overall wellbeing. 10 to 15 grams is ideal when you want to see visibly improved skin. 30 grams can aid in easing joint pain and growing muscle, which is perfect when you exercise often.
COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENT PAIRINGS
While collagen is wonderful enough on its own, you can pair it with other supplements to increase its effectivity. We listed 6 vitamins and minerals you might want to use along with collagen. Lucky, many collagen supplements contain ‘em already:
- Hyaluronic acid: Glues collagen to elastin, which gives your skin its stretch
- Whey protein: Considered a “complete protein,” which aids in weight loss and muscle growth
- L-arginine: Supports collagen production and circulates the collage more quickly
- Vitamin A: Aids in producing more collagen while supporting immunity
- Vitamin C: Like vitamin A, aids in collagen synthesis and leave skin glowing
- Zinc: Another MVP in collagen synthesis and maintaining skin’s overall clarity
Know of any more ways to get the most of your collagen? Sound off in the comments section!
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