We all know that beauty isn’t only skin deep—it’s what’s on the inside that matters most. Still, there’s something to be said for looking your best. It’s why skincare is a billion-dollar industry.
However, creams, serums, and time-consuming skincare routines can only do so much, as topical products only penetrate about 25% of our skin. The “it’s on the inside that matters most” mantra applies to skincare, too—what we put in our bodies plays a much bigger role in skin health than what we put on our skin. Collagen is one of those things that supports skin health and beauty from the inside out.
Collagen: Supporting beauty from within
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and an important one that supports the structure of the skin. It helps keep the skin supple and hydrated, which we need to help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
But as we age, our bodies produce less collagen. And our skin bears a lot of the brunt of our lifestyles, from occasional stress to pollution to diet. All of this adds up to skin that is less youthful-looking than we might like.
Fad or science?
Collagen has risen in popularity because of its beauty benefits. Clinical studies have shown that a daily collagen supplement can help support skin health, thereby reducing the visual effects of age. In a study looking at the effects of TruMarine fish collagen, 68% of participants said they noticed a difference in their skin after eight weeks.
In other words, collagen is more than just a beauty fad. Many have noticed benefits to not only their skin, but their hair and nails as well after taking a collagen supplement.
Finding collagen in the foods you eat
The body produces collagen on its own, but as mentioned earlier, this production starts to decline as early as age 25. We can get more from our diets, primarily from animal-based foods. Not only does dietary collagen provide our body with the amino acids to synthesize collagen in the skin, but studies have shown that it also helps regulate protein synthesis to stimulate the production of collagen.
Some common food sources of collagen include:
Fish (with skin on)
You can also never go wrong with fruits and vegetables, especially those high in vitamin C. While these foods don’t contain collagen, they do encourage the body to make its own. Additionally, antioxidants such as vitamin C help support skin health.
A supplement your skin will love: Collagen Plus
Likely the best way to increase your body’s collagen production is through a daily collagen supplement. They come in both pill and powder form, but powders are generally believed to be more effective because they digest more fully.
Unicity’s Collagen Plus uses innovative science to support skin structure, starting from the inside and working outward. Containing high-quality fish collagen, it supports the body’s collagen production to help support skin health, and also contains other beneficial extracts and antioxidants.
Most people start to see results after 4 to 8 weeks. Taking Collagen Plus daily is a good habit to get into if skin health is a priority for you.
Mix it up
Another great thing about Collagen Plus is that its berry flavor mixes well with many foods and drinks. If you ever want to shake things up a bit, here are a few other ways to get your daily boost of collagen:
Mix with any drink to give it a berry-flavored boost
Stir into a plain bowl of yogurt for a healthy snack
Mix with a vanilla-flavored protein drink (we recommend Complete!) for a berry-vanilla meal on-the-go
Add to pancake batter for a berry twist and added skin-health benefits
Support your skin from within
Collagen does a lot of work for our bodies, and the skin is often where this is most noticeable. A collagen supplement like Collagen Plus can be a valuable addition to any beauty regimen because it supports skin health from within, something creams, serums, and powders can’t do.