How Collagen Benefits Your Hair and Skin
Many of you have probably heard of collagen. It’s a protein in the body that makes up a large part of our skin, nails, and hair. Collagen is a polypeptide that contains a mixture of amino acids like proline and glycine, which can be found within the vital organs of the body and in all connective tissue. Though collagen is used in many beauty products and shampoos, its real benefits come internally from your body. Here are some of the ways your hair and skin benefit from collagen.
What is it?
In nature, collagen is found exclusively in animal tissue, specifically bones and connective tissue, and is the most abundant protein in the body. It is a long chain of amino acid that is responsible for giving skin elasticity, strength to your hair, and your connective tissue the ability to hold everything in place. Collagen protein makes up 30% of the total protein in the body, but makes up a whopping 70% of the protein in the skin! As we age, our collagen production gradually decreases. Poor lifestyle choices such as unhealthy diets and leading a stress-filled life can also inhibit your body’s natural ability to make collagen.
How it Benefits Your Skin
Collagen is the power behind the “plump” in our skin. Our outer layer of skin, the epidermis, thins and loses elasticity as we age, causing our skin to appear wrinkly. Luckily, there are ways to help reinvigorate your skin’s production of collagen to help bring back its elasticity. Our Collagen Induction Therapy facial stimulates collagen and elastin production to help bring back your youthful, suppleness and glow.
The Key to Healthy, Youthful Hair
Obviously, people know how important collagen is for youthful skin, but it’s also vital for the health of your hair as well. Each bulb of hair on your head is surrounded by a sheath of collagen, which is connected to micro-vessels that deliver much-needed nutrients for thick, shiny hair. Just like it plumps your skin, collagen helps each strand of hair on your head maintain its thickness.
While it may be a major player in maintaining our youthful looks and locks, collagen also benefits other aspects of our health, such as hormone balance, digestion, and can even help provide significant improvement to joint pain.
If you think your skin’s collagen production is sluggish, come to Botanica for a special consultation with one of our skincare experts to see how you can win the battle against pesky wrinkles!