We constantly hear about about new miracle collagen supplements and creams, but do they have the benefits that they claim to? In this blog, find out why your skin needs collagen, the collagen products you need to avoid, as well as which collagen supplements are Dermoi approved.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is an essential bodily protein. It is the most abundant protein in our bodies and makes up around one third of our total protein-composition.
It is the building block of all connective tissues, bone tendons, cartilages and muscles. Think of it like the glue holding our bodies together; in fact the actual name derives from the Greek word “kólla,” which means glue.
Why Does Our Skin Need Collagen?
Collagen plays a vital role in strengthening the skin by helping our skin cells adhere to one another. It also improves skin elasticity and boosts hydration. It’s vital for skin to have a healthy structure.
Collagen supplements become increasingly more important as we age. With age, our bodies produce less collagen which is the number one cause of premature aging, and issues such as dry skin and fine lines and wrinkles.
High collagen levels equal soft, smooth and durable skin. It helps skin cells renew and repair themselves which is why it’s become so important in skincare.
Why We Need Collagen Supplements
Protein-rich foods, including meat, eggs, fish, beans, and dairy foods all supply the body with a range of amino acids. The body uses these acids to produce collagen.
However, the foods we eat have become increasingly processed over time. This has led to a reduction of our intake of vitamins and minerals.
As a result of this, we often don’t get the amount we need to meet our needs, which can have a detrimental impact on our bodies collagen supply.
As we age our bodies produce less and lower quality collagen. In fact after reaching our early 20s, our bodies lose 1% each consecutive year.
A study asked 114 middle-aged women to take 2.5 grams of a branded hydrolyzed collagen daily for 8 weeks. Afterwards it was found that the volume of wrinkles was reduced by 20%.¹
There was a second study conducted on 72 women aged 35 years or older. The women took 2.5 grams of hydrolyzed collagen daily for 12 weeks. It was found that wrinkle depth was reduced by 27%. Skin hydration also increased by 28%.²
Things That Can Damage Collagen
Aside from our collagen levels decreasing naturally as we age, there are other external factors which damage and deplete our skin’s collagen levels.
Sun exposure can have a huge negative impact on collagen. Ultraviolet radiation reduces collagen production. The deterioration of the collagen and elastin fibers caused by sun damage serve as additional sensitizers of photooxidative stress, which contributes to premature aging³. Sun protection and SPF are vital for preserving our skin. In severe cases, sun exposure can even lead to skin cancer.
Smoking is another factor which decreases collagen production. Smoking causes premature aging and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. One study found the synthesis rates of type I and III collagens to be lower by as much as 18% and 22%, respectively, in the the smokers compared with non-smokers⁴.
Eating too much sugar is a third factor as sugar interferes with collagen’s ability to repair itself.
Collagen Creams Don’t Work
In recent years we’ve been inundated by blogs, magazines, and supposed ‘experts’ about the need for collagen creams.
These supposed miracle creams advertise that they add collagen to your skin and reverse the physical signs of aging.
Sounds too good to be true right? That’s because it is.
Collagen molecules are large which makes it highly difficult for them to penetrate the skin’s surface. When applied topically on the surface of the skin, they’re unable to penetrate deep into the dermis layers.
So while creams may make your skin feel nicer due to their hydrating nature, they are doing nothing to promote collagen production in the skin.
The way we get collagen through supplements is through collagen peptides. These are smaller molecules than the collagen itself and are made of amino acids. Each peptide contains between two and 100 amino acids.
Why Osmosis Skincare’s Collagen Supplement is Revolutionary
Unlike creams, Osmosis’ Collagen Activator works from the inside out to boost a healthy amount of collagen and hormones for stronger looking skin.
Rather than the molecules sitting redundantly on the surface of the skin without having any positive effects, this supplement promotes collagen production internally to deliver much more effective results.
The high quality capsule provides a slow and controlled release of its active ingredients which boosts the stability and absorption of the supplement in the gastrointestinal tract.
This advanced supplement contains Osmosis’ AC-11 patented technology to repair DNA, with the help of several potent antioxidants like riboflavin, niacin, and co-enzyme Q10 for anti-aging benefits.
It is clinically proven to support cellular metabolism which supports healthy cellular activity, leading to improved skin health.
The Benefits of Osmosis Skincare’s Collagen Activator
- Enhances collagen production in the skin
- Has anti-aging benefits
- Boosts skin elasticity
- Hydrates skin
- Helps eliminate deep wrinkles
- Repairs cellular DNA with patented AC-11 technology
- Powerful source of antioxidants
- Supports muscle maintenance
- Supports strong & healthy bones
- Strengthens hair and nails
- Boosts cell energy with ATP formation
Author: Sam Pennington
- Proksch, E., Schunck, M., Zague, V., Segger, D., Degwert, J. and Oesser, S., 2014. Oral Intake of Specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides Reduces Skin Wrinkles and Increases Dermal Matrix Synthesis. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 27(3), pp.113-119.
- Bolke, L., Schlippe, G., Gerß, J. and Voss, W., 2019. A Collagen Supplement Improves Skin Hydration, Elasticity, Roughness, and Density: Results of a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Blind Study. Nutrients, 11(10), p.2494.
- Bosch, R., Philips, N., Suárez-Pérez, J., Juarranz, A., Devmurari, A., Chalensouk-Khaosaat, J. and González, S., 2015. Mechanisms of Photoaging and Cutaneous Photocarcinogenesis, and Photoprotective Strategies with Phytochemicals. Antioxidants, 4(2), pp.248-268.
- Knuutinen, A., Kokkonen, N., Risteli, J., Vahakangas, K., Kallioinen, M., Salo, T., Sorsa, T. and Oikarinen, A., 2002. Smoking affects collagen synthesis and extracellular matrix turnover in human skin. British Journal of Dermatology, 146(4), pp.588-594.