Why Vitamin C And Collagen Are Better Together
Two trends that I noticed gaining a lot of momentum during 2020 were skincare and an increased interest in health & wellness in general. In 2020, everyone from celebrities, influencers, and your average Jenny-from-the-block took you through their 12-step skincare regimen on Instagram. It was, and still is, very in vogue to care about your health and your glow.
Organika is a pioneer in this field and has been coming out with on trend products that are high quality and affordable for over 30 years. Two of my favourite and most relevant products in terms of skin care are the Enhanced Collagen, and their Instant-C line.
Vitamin C and collagen benefits
Collagen’s role in skin care
We’ve been consistently hearing about collagen for the past couple years now, and for good reason. Anyone in their mid-twenties will benefit from collagen. Why? Because collagen production starts to dwindle in our mid-to-late 20s, and we start losing 1% per year after that. By 40, the reduction accelerates dramatically. What does this mean? We begin seeing signs of aging such as wrinkles and dry skin. Additionally, our joints stiffen, we don’t have as much energy and take longer to recover from physical activity. Collagen is important not only for healthy skin, hair and nails, but also for reducing aches and pains in our muscles and joints and even gut health, too.
Vitamin C’s role in skin care
Most of us associate vitamin C with immunity, because this nutrient is a powerful antioxidant and boosts our immune systems, but ever since we discovered that scurvy was due to a deficiency in vitamin C, it’s been widely accepted that this vitamin supports the skin, and this knowledge is used as rationale for the addition of vitamin C to beauty products. Our skin, specifically our keratinocytes, contains high concentrations of vitamin C, which aid in collagen production, wound healing / minimizing scar formation and assisting in antioxidant protection against UV damage, all of which ameliorates signs of aging skin.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is vital for maintaining healthy skin and collagen production, due to the vitamin C concentration. However, Vitamin C has such a wide range of appreciable benefits that supplementation should be part of everyone’s diet. The RDA for Vitamin C is no more than 2000 mg a day, with a minimum of 75 mg, though experts will argue this is too low to have any beneficial effects.
Can I use collagen and vitamin C together?
Yes! Collagen and vitamin C supplements work better together. Why? Because vitamin C plays a major role in collagen production and maintenance. Vitamin C is needed for collagen synthesis, by binding collagen fibers together, which ultimately decreases signs of aging skin. Taking collagen and vitamin C together will likely boost your skin health more than taking either on its own.
Vitamin C and collagen synthesis
If you type in ‘Vitamin C and Collagen’ in PubMed and you’ll get 1,971 results. There has been ample research into the synergy of taking these two compounds together. This study shows that Vitamin C plays a critical role in the maintenance of a normal mature collagen network by preventing the auto-inactivation of certain collagen enzymes that are key in collagen biosynthesis. This study demonstrates that vitamin C is important for wound healing because of its essential role in collagen synthesis, and that vitamin C enhanced the formation of collagenous proteins. Lastly, this metaanalysis is a great resource for further studies linking vitamin C to collagen production, skin hydration, wound healing, wrinkle reduction, and improved inflammatory skin conditions.
When buying any natural health product, including collagen and vitamin C supplements, you want to make sure that it is high quality. Check the ingredient list: your collagen should be a clean, single-ingredient formula, sourced from grass-fed pasture raised cattle, free from all hormones, antibiotics, GMOs and gluten. Your vitamin C ingredient list should be completely natural.