It’s a war out there – your skin needs help
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, accounting for up to 30% of the total protein content of the body and around 70% of the protein content of skin.
Collagen plays a vital role in giving the skin its strength, firmness, fullness, smoothness and elasticity. In addition to your skin, this flexible protein is responsible in supporting many functions in the human body, being one of the major building blocks of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Throughout our body there are many types of collagen. The highly tensile Type I Collagen is the most common (over 90% of total collagen). Type II collagen can be found within cartilage in our articulated joints, ie knee, elbow etc.
Our dermis is made up of more than 80% Type I collagen and 15% Type III Collagen, fibroblasts, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Together they are the key components for the extracellular matrix which gives our skin its structure, elasticity and firmness. Therefore, collagen I is often described as the key foundational proteins for healthy, youthful-looking skin.
Somewhere around age 25 -30 or so, the body ceases production of collagen. As the years progress, we experience a small but constant incremental drop each year in collagen levels. As our skin continues to be exposed to many adverse attritional environmental factors, (UV, Pollution etc), it’s ability to maintain a “younger look” becomes increasingly compromised. This natural loss of collagen that occurs combined with ageing and sun exposure is largely responsible for skin ageing and wrinkles.
So, what happens when collagen starts to deteriorate? Well, imagine a trampoline, when it’s new, you jump on it and it springs back to it’s taut state. Over time however, the springs stretch and it loses it’s bounce. With ageing, a similar process is happening under the skin as the natural decrease in collagen production is unable to rebuild as before. The once strong cellular structures (the springs) within the skin (the trampoline) begin to stretch and weaken, losing it’s ability to bounce back……
Sounds like my skin needs help!
Good news, help is at hand. Collagen replacement is now available in a supplement form. With advances in science and technology, you can now take Hydrolysed Collagen to give your body the tools it needs to restart your body’s collagen production process and help rebuild your skins structure.
Hydrolysed collagen is a form of collagen that has been broken down into smaller particles. This process results in a pure powder that is highly bioavailable, meaning it can be easily absorbed into the body. Once ingested, your body detects the high concentration of collagen peptides in your bloodstream, triggers the wound repair response in your brain and in turn activates a group of specialised cells in your skin called “fibroblasts” and begin producing new collagen again.
Easy to take – start your skin recovery process.
HealthReach Collagen Pure, available at Whelehans Pharmacy, contains the highest quality hydrolysed collagen. Health Reach Collagen Pure also contains Vitamin C which contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin and bones.
A major scientific study* has shown that taking 5g of collagen per day helps to improve collagen production and strengthen the skin’s dermis and helps your skin to retain moisture and look fuller.
One daily scoop of HealthReach Collagen Pure powder provides this recommended daily 5g. It dissolves easily in water and is naturally flavoured and sweetened to give a pleasant drink.
In addition to the visible benefits of using collagen for skin, studies show taking collagen supplements could offer other health benefits. Some studies have shown that collagen supplements may help treat osteoarthritis. Because these supplements allow collagen to accumulate in the cartilage, researchers believe this can help decrease the painful symptoms of osteoarthritis and can improve joint function.
Collagen can also help your gut function more effectively, reducing leaky gut and potentially helping your body naturally repair the lining of your gastrointestinal tract so it works properly. Finally, if you’ve noticed that your nails and hair have started to weaken and break easily, consuming more collagen can support your body’s production of this structural protein, reinforcing hair and nail strength.
HealthReach Collagen Pure is available in either 120g size for €19.95 or 200g size for €28.95 at Whelehans Pharmacy, 38 Pearse St, Mullingar.
*Clinical Study, “Visualisation and Assessment vs Placebo of the effect in Vivo of the Oral intake of Hydrolysed Collagen on Skin Properties, Investigational Products” Cosderma, France 2012
Supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet. Not meant for long term use. Consult your healthcare professional. Keep all supplements out of the reach of children
For comprehensive and free health advice and information call in to Whelehans Pharmacies, log on to www.whelehans.ie or dial 04493 34591 (Pearse St) or 04493 10266 (Clonmore).