Ingredient Breakdown – Collagen

Over on our Instagram, we received an intriguing question during one of our #LetsTalkTuesdays – a weekly installment where we discuss skincare topics and tips. We were asked: 

“What will help firm up one’s skin? Can we consume collagen to produce collagen?” 

With such an interesting question, we felt it would only be fair to research, discuss and share our findings with you! 

Why is everyone so obsessed with Collagen? 

Collagen is a protein that accounts for one third of your body’s protein composition and is the major building block of bones, skin, muscles, tendons & ligaments. Collagen also facilitates healthy skin cell functioning and is one of the reasons why your skin looks healthy and plump in your youth.  

As you age, your collagen production greatly decreases to the point where your body is unable to produce collagen rapidly enough to replace collagen that has been broken down by the body. This leads to more obvious signs of aging (like wrinkles, sagging and loss of suppleness in the skin). Undoubtedly, no one wants to go through this process if they had an alternative to slow it down or bring it to a halt completely. This desire to look forever young led to the creation of technology, treatments and supplements to help slow the process of aging.  

Collagen Supplements – Do they work? 

Among the many options available to help slow the inevitable aging process, supplements have been touted as an easy solution. But does it really work? 

There are two types of collagen used in supplements: Whole & Hydrolysed. 

Whole collagen is collagen that comes whole and will be broken down as peptides in your digestive system. Hydrolysed collagen is collagen that is already broken down into peptides. The difference?  Apart from where the collagen will be broken down into peptides, not much. However, it is important to note that collagen peptides are better absorbed into the bloodstream as they are much shorter chains of amino acids compared to whole collagen.  

The effectiveness of collagen supplements is still a highly debated topic amongst scientists and dermatologists. Although collagen supplement sales people will tell you that their products are effective, there have not been sufficient, well-funded and large enough studies to prove that collagen supplements (both hydrolysed and whole) are effective in boosting the skin’s collagen production and skin elasticity.  

Moreover, when you do consume collagen supplements, much like any other supplement, your body directs and absorbs the collagen in areas that need the most repair. Therefore, it does not guarantee that the collagen you consume will all go to boosting your facial collagen.  

But not all hope is lost, there are still other scientifically proven methods to get your collagen production going! 

Technology & Treatments for Collagen 

Technology has advanced to a point where it can directly stimulate your fibroblasts – a cell that is responsible for producing collagen & elastin –and be extremely relaxing.  

Thankfully, Porcelain has curated a selection of equipment and crafted treatments to create a luxurious and effective experience for you! 

Here are several options: 
CryoZap: 
The pinnacle of customisation: derived from a combination of luxury, technology and in-house formulated products, this facial utilises Intense Pulsed Light to zap your fibroblasts awake (and subsequently product collagen) while a CryoProbe chills the surface of your skin to achieve micro-circulation. An incomparable experience that will leave your skin feeling youthful and radiant.

Proionic: 
Sit back, relax and experience the warm sensation of ionic exchange and long wave frequency that heightens cellular regeneration and collagen & elastin production. Emerge with brighter, healthier and refreshed skin.

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