Winter Hydration From the Inside Out
The cold, dry winter months can leave our skin feeling tight, dull, and lackluster. If you're looking for a little extra skin TLC, hydrolyzed collagen could be the perfect addition to your skin self-care routine to help achieve that winter glow. Here we dive into what collagen is, how it functions in our body, some of collagen's potential benefits, and where to find it.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that functions to provide structure to many parts of the body, including muscle, skin, bones, ligaments, and tendons. It is found in abundance throughout the body and can be thought of as the body's 'glue' holding everything together.
How Does Collagen Work in Our Bodies?
Collagen plays an essential role in providing structure and support in our bodies. Not only does it contribute to cartilage elasticity, which cushions and protects our joints, it also contributes to the structural integrity of our muscles, organs, and skin.
Benefits of Collagen
Studies show that collagen may be beneficial for skin hydration, elasticity, and protection against UVA radiation. Research indicates that collagen peptides can efficiently absorb and distribute to the deepest layer of the skin, the dermis, where they may increase the density of collagen fibres, increase hyaluronic acid production, and potentially activate sun protective properties. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Journal of Skin Pharmacology and Physiology showed that daily oral intake of hydrolyzed collagen peptides improved skin elasticity in women aged 35 to 55, after only four weeks. Another placebo-controlled study published in 2015 showed that daily oral supplementation of collagen peptides was linked to improved skin hydration, collagen density in the dermis, and increased collagen production in the body.
Sources of Collagen
As we age, our bodies produce less and lower quality collagen, with one of the visible signs manifesting as less firm and supple skin. While you can find naturally occurring collagen in animal foods such as poultry and beef, you can easily increase your intake through supplementation. Organika's Enhanced Collagen line has been specially formulated with hydrolyzed collagen peptides, which helps to facilitate improved absorption and utility within the body. This Canadian-owned company created their Enhanced Collagen line to meet the diverse needs of its customers. Whether you are looking for skin-supporting ingredients (Enhanced Collagen Pure Beauty), boosting your energy with antioxidant-filled matcha powder (Enhanced Collagen Vitality), or winding down after a long, busy day (Enhanced Collagen Relax), Organika's Enhanced Collagen line has just what you need.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and plays an integral role in structure and support. Studies show that there may be some benefit to supplementing with hydrolyzed collagen peptides. Organika's Enhanced Collagen line makes it easy (and delicious) to customize each product to your specific needs and fit into your daily routine.
About Our Guest Author
Ally Choo is a Registered Dietitian working towards her Intuitive Eating Counselor Certification. She prides herself in being a weight inclusive practitioner and believes health includes mental, physical, and emotional well-being.