Invest in Your Skin by Nutritionist Steph Geddes
WHAT IS COLLAGEN?
Collagen is the main naturally occurring protein in the human body, found in our skin, bones and connective tissues such as ligaments, cartilage and tendons. It makes up 70% of the protein in our skin so there is no wonder it is being deemed as a beauty must-have.
There are many different types of collagen within the human body but from a consumer perspective, you will hear mostly about type I, type II and type III. Each of these types are found in differing amounts depending on the area of the body but type I is the most abundant and collectively their main role is to provide strength and elasticity.
WHY WOULD ONE CONSIDER TAKING COLLAGEN AS A SUPPLEMENT?
Collagen in its natural state is far too large to be absorbed by the body. Instead, collagen is broken down or hydrolysed into collagen peptides (also called hydrolysed collagen or collagen hydrolysate). This is what you will find in the beauty products and sold as supplements which is a very fine powder that dissolves in hot or cold liquid and easily absorbed by the body.
Given that collagen makes up 70% of the protein in our skin, much of the research looking into the effects of hydrolysed collagen peptides is in relation to skin health. Studies have shown that supplementation of low molecular weight collagen peptides can improve skin hydration, elasticity and wrinkling (1). This highlights the use for low molecular weight collagen peptides to be used as a functional food ingredient as part of a beauty routine to promote healthy skin.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TO FIND A QUALITY PRODUCT TO ADD TO YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE?
When it comes to beauty benefits and skin health, marine collagen is popular because of its low molecular weight. There is a study to suggest that due to this, it has increased bioavailability, being absorbed 1.5 times more efficiently by the body than other sources of collagen peptides (2).
Dr. LeWinn’s Marine Collagen Peptide+ Inner Beauty Range products are a great option because not only are they sourced sustainably, but they contain hydrolysed marine collagen for optimal absorption. They are also formulated with powerful antioxidant blends which contain essential nutrients like Vitamin C which are required for collagen formation. It is also important to look for products with clinical trials so that you know what you are spending your money on has proven results! The Dr. LeWinn’s Marine Collagen Peptide+ Inner Beauty Range products are clinically trialled and shown to improve skin firmness, skin-tone and luminosity while improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles.*
So whether it is the Inner Beauty Powder in your daily cups of herbal tea or the Inner Beauty Liquid Shot in your morning smoothie, these Marine Collagen Peptide+ Inner Beauty products are high quality supplements to help boost the skin from the inside out, giving you a healthy-looking complexion and glow.
*Results based on an independent consumer trial. Percentage of users who noticed a visible result after 1 liquid shot per day or 3 powder sachets per day over 4 weeks.
(1) Kim DU, Chung HC, Choi J, Sakai Y, Lee BY. Oral Intake of Low-Molecular-Weight Collagen Peptide Improves Hydration, Elasticity, and Wrinkling in Human Skin: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Nutrients. 2018 Jun 26;10(7):826. doi: 10.3390/nu10070826. PMID: 29949889; PMCID: PMC6073484.
(2) Sripriya, R. and Kumar, R. (2015) A Novel Enzymatic Method for Preparation and Characterization of Collagen Film from Swim Bladder of Fish Rohu (Labeo rohita). Food and Nutrition Sciences, 6, 1468-1478. doi: 10.4236/fns.2015.615151.