Most of our patients that come to us tend to have a similar skin care goal: anti-aging. Although we offer many skin care treatments and products at ReNew 360, The Aesthetic Center of Arizona, one of my top skin care tips that I like to recommend to my patients is to add hydrolyzed collagen supplements to their diet and I’ll explain to you why…

Collagen production in the body typically starts to decline as we age. Generally speaking the body’s collagen production decreases by about 1% per year starting in our mid-20s. By the time we reach our 40s, collagen production has decreased enough that we may start to notice visible signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of skin elasticity. This decline in collagen production can be further accelerated by factors such as exposure to the sun’s UV rays, smoking, and a poor diet. However, it is important to note that while collagen production decreases with age, it doesn’t stop entirely, and there are things we can do to support our body’s natural collagen production, such as laser and radio-frequency skin treatments, consuming ad healthy diet, avoiding smoking, and protecting our skin from UV radiation. Additionally hydrolyzed collagen supplements can help increase collagen levels in the body, leading to improved skin health and other health benefits.

What is Hydrolyzed Collagen?

Hydrolyzed collagen powder is a popular dietary supplement that is derived from collagen. Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body. It makes up connective tissues in nearly every system. Collagen can be found in bones, joints, cartilage, the lining of internal organs, and most importantly in the skin. The collagen is hydrolyzed, or broken down, into smaller peptide chains, making it easier for the body to absorb and use. Hydrolyzed collagen is known to have several potential skin care benefits.

Here are some of the ways in which hydrolyzed collagen can benefit your skin:

Improved skin hydration: Hydrolyzed collagen is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture in the skin. This can help improve skin hydration and reduce the appearance of dryness and flakiness.

Increased skin elasticity: Collagen a key component of the skin’s structure and helps keep it firm and elastic. Hydrolyzed collagen supplements can help the skin appear tighter and more youthful.

Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles: Decreased production of collagen can contribute to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkle. Hydrolyzed collagen supplements can help reduce the appearance of these signs of aging by increasing collagen production in the skin.

Improved skin texture: Hydrolyzed collagen can help improve the texture of the skin, making it smoother and softer to touch.

It is important to note that while hydrolyzed collagen has many benefits for skin, joints, bones and gut, it is always important to talk to your doctor before starting any new supplements. Additionally, using a combination of skin care products and practices, such as a daily sunscreen, a healthy diet, and regular exercise, can help you skin looking and feeling its best.

Author Weimin Hu MD, PhD Board Certified Dermatologist Mohs Surgeon Aesthetic Dermatologist

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