Collagen – pain or pleasure?
There’s a reason ‘collagen’ comes up in conversation when people get to their middle years and start to fret about facial lines and wrinkles. This natural protein is responsible for supporting the structure of the skin, and when it naturally breaks down as we age, the skin unfortunately begins to sag – leading to what some describe as that ‘lived-in look’.
For many, maintaining a youthful look is a priority, not least because we are living longer and we’re just not ready to leave fun and enjoyment of life to the youth of the world.
The unvarnished truth however is that, in our youth, we get the best from the presence of collagen in our skin. As young adults, the collagen framework in our skin is usually still intact and the skin stays moisturised and elastic. This means it bounces back when we pull all the normal facial expressions such as smiles and frowns, and the skin also resists what the climate and the environment throw at us. In time, sadly, this supportive structure weakens as our collagen decreases. Our skin loses its youthful elasticity, and every time we show our emotions on our face, we put more stress on the collagen in our skin. There’s a cumulative effect, leading to the appearance of those facial lines.
Skin: The Science
Skin is made up of two layers – the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis (the top layer) is a protective barrier that controls water loss from cells and tissue. Without it, the body would quickly dehydrate. Just under the epidermis is the second layer known as the dermis. While it hosts nerves, blood vessels and hair follicles, the dermis mostly consists of the protein collagen. This protein creates a lattice of fibres that supplies a framework for the growth of cells and blood vessels. As it is the major component of the dermis, collagen essentially is the skin’s support structure.
What can we do about the breakdown of collagen? Warning: the following paragraph is not for the squeamish.
For some time, the treatment of choice has been direct injections of collagen into the skin on the face, designed to replenish this protein in pursuit of giving your skin a more smooth and plump appearance. Can you guess where the collagen has often been sourced from? Cows, pigs and sharks, to name three unfortunate animals. As if this realisation wasn’t enough to contend with, there’s the little matter of being jabbed in the face… all because we want to hold back the signs of ageing. And should you have an existing fear of needles, this method of collagen replacement wouldn’t just be painful, it could verge on the traumatic. One alternative is a collagen supplement – but swallowing such tablets still makes animal lovers uncomfortable, and is a complete no-no for vegetarians.
Fast forward to today and the development of food-based supplements that aim to help us produce more collagen ourselves. A huge sigh of relief all round – especially when such a nutritional supplement is vegetarian, a far cry from the animal sources of collagen injections.
One supplement stands out in this regard – Qsilica PRO COLLAGEN. It contains Silica which aids absorption of nutrients, Lipowheat™ (wheat ceramides) which is clinically researched to improve skin hydration, and Vitamin C which is known to boost collagen production.
Backed by hard science and research, Qsilica PRO COLLAGEN in essence spurs your body to produce more collagen itself. Completely vegetarian and even vegan, this food supplement gets to work on the deeper layers of the skin – from the inside. The aim is to target the visible signs of skin ageing from within.
As leading holistic practitioner Dr Sohère Roked says, “It’s important to give your body the tools to make its own collagen. The result will be more natural and have beneficial effects all through the body.”
The proof is in the eating – literally, in this instance. Forget painful and frightening needles, no need for distasteful animal ingredients, just try this natural food supplement for at least 12 weeks and see what it can do for your appearance and confidence.
Yours, Jessica Palmer at Qsilica