What Are The Beauty Benefits Of Collagen?

What Are The Beauty Benefits Of Collagen?

What Are The Beauty Benefits Of Collagen?

Over the last decade or so, collagen has taken the supplement industry–and social media– by storm, promising to improve the look of skin, wrinkles, hair, nails, and more. I mean, based on those benefits alone, it’s hard not to want to jump on the bandwagon, right? But does incorporating collagen into your daily routine actually work or make a difference in terms of your beauty goals? The short answer is YES, but there’s a lot more to it than that. For starters, collagen is not a magical elixir of youth, despite some of the claims that you might see online. However, when taken on a regular basis, there are many long-term beauty benefits of collagen supplementation.

What is Collagen?

Collagen is a protein that is produced by the body in order to maintain and strengthen various parts of the body like tendons, ligaments, and skin. It is a key part of our cell structure, which is why it is often associated with that youthful glow. This is because it also plays a role in the structure and strength of our skin (skin elasticity), bones, joints, and even the body’s natural healing process.

You might be surprised to learn that there are over twenty eight types of collagen within your body. But for the sake of this article and our new product, we are only going to focus on the two most naturally occurring types; and those are Collagen Types I and III.

  • Type I: This is the most common type of collagen and makes up about 90% of the collagen found throughout the body including skin, bone, tendons, cartilage, cornea and connective tissue.
  • Type III: This type of collagen contains the main component of reticular fibers, which are found in your muscles, arteries, and organs.

The Beauty Benefits of Collagen

Okay, so now that we explained the role of collagen in your body, let’s dive into some of the beauty benefits that come with incorporating a collagen supplement into your daily routine.

As we mentioned, collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body, but as we get older our body’s natural production of amino acids and proteins begins to decrease significantly. This is where supplementing your diet with a collagen protein can actually assist in your body’s natural production of amino acids and proteins.

Sure, you can consume protein-rich vegetables and bone broth- which you one hundred percent should, but unless you plan on eating over 100 red bell peppers a day and over 2 liters of bone broth, you might want to consider a daily dose of collagen in powder form.

  • Supports Beautiful Skin
  • When it comes to the benefits of collagen, one of the most researched topics is skin health. So what does that mean? Well, when we say skin health, we aren’t just simply referring to fine lines associated with aging or dry, damaged skin. Healthy skin also refers to cellular turnover, wound healing, overall elasticity and hydration. But can the use of collagen supplements actually make a difference and improve the appearance of your skin?

    Studies point to yes. One study in particular found that daily use of collagen supplements did, in fact, increase skin elasticity, hydration, and dermal collagen density. The study also indicated that the preliminary results were “promising for the short and long-term use of oral collagen supplements for wound healing and skin aging.”

  • Supports Hair & Nail Health
  • Healthy nails and hair have some key components in common: namely keratin and collagen, which are both structural proteins that are naturally found in your skin, hair, nails, and connective tissues. Supplements containing hydrolyzed collagen are packed with the amino acids that your body naturally uses to form keratin. The increase of keratinized cells can help reduce the brittleness of nails while also promoting shine to the hair. So it’s really a win-win for your nails and hair.

    Collagen + Electrolytes

    At Ultima, you most likely know that healthy and proper hydration is kind of our thing, so you might be wondering why we are even talking about collagen supplements. Well, it’s because we are excited about our latest product launch— Ultima Beauty Collagen + Electrolytes — to help keep you hydrated while supporting healthier looking hair, skin, and nails.

    The hydration drink mix contains essential electrolytes, trace minerals, grass-fed (bovine) collagen, vitamin C and zinc to support beautiful hair, skin and nails. And as always, you can count on our hydration mixes to be gluten-free and keto-friendly.

    Want to learn more about Collagen? Try our blog on How Long Does It Take Collagen Supplements To Work? next!

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