Is collagen the answer to younger looking skin?

Celebrities swear by nutrient-rich beauty collagen formulas. But should they? To answer that, let’s look at what collagen is and how it impacts the body.  

Collagen makes up about a third of our body’s protein composition found in our bones, tendons, blood vessels and internal organs. It is quite literally the glue that holds our bodies together.  However, when people talk about the importance of collagen, they are generally referring to its benefits for the skin. Collagen helps skin cells renew and repair themselves. When we are young, the skin is soft, smooth, and firm. As we age, our bodies manufacture less collagen, so skin becomes thinner and easier to damage, sags or wrinkles, tendons and ligaments become less elastic, joints become stiff and hair loses life.

Maintaining healthy collagen levels before we begin to notice these tell-tale signs is important.  Besides helping rejuvenate and hydrate skin, collagen supports the production of other proteins including elastin and fibrillin which gives our skin a youthful glow. 

While collagen is essential for healthy looking skin, there are several myths surrounding how you can get more of it. One is that it can be applied directly to the skin with creams and lotions. The truth is, yes, it can be applied this way but it’s doubtful you’d receive any benefit from doing so. It’s believed collagen molecules are simply too big to cross into the lower layers of the skin which means that most of the collagen creams on the market could well be a waste of money. Instead, you need to work from the inside out which is why everything from a well-balanced diet, the way you protect and care for your skin, exercise and supplements can make a big difference to achieving smoother, glowing skin.  

In terms of supplements, Radiance has several collagen formulas available to help you glow from the inside out - naturally.

Radiance Collagen Beauty Powder targets the signs of ageing and supports firm, smooth skin with a high dose of scientifically researched marine collagen peptides. With no taste or smell, it can be easily dissolved in water, tea, blended into smoothies or added to your favourite baking or meal.

As skin regenerates most at night, Radiance Beauty Sleep has been formulated with complementary ingredients to support restful sleep and the skin’s repair processes. Radiance Beauty Sleep powder is easily dissolved in warm water for a delicious, sugar-free night-time drink to support a restful and rejuvenating sleep.

Radiance Ageless Beauty is the ultimate in age defying beauty from within, containing ingredients carefully selected for their effects on the skin. At the heart of this unique formulation is the pure, unadulterated goodness of New Zealand marine collagen to sustain skin elasticity and firmness, along with Hyaluronic acid. The combined effect provides intensive skin nourishment, locking in moisture for smooth supple skin.