Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body.
Around 30% of all tissue in the human body is made up of collagen. It is the primary building block that keeps your skin and hair looking young, while helping your body perform and feel as best as naturally possible.
Collagen has specific hair and skin benefits for women, and has been known to play a key role is postpartum recovery.
Below are the top 3 benefits of collagen for women.
Collagen for Women’s Skin
Quick history lesson on Collagen for women’s skin:
For decades, women have been using collagen for their skin. Generally speaking, it is nothing new.
However, for a large portion of that time, the collagen was not being utilized properly.
Women would use collagen infused skin creams and topical ointments. The problem with doing this is, the skin can only absorb so much. In other words, you are only getting a fraction of the benefits and results.
Then came along hydrolyzed collagen peptides.
Hydrolyzed collagen peptides is collagen broken down, making it easy to absorb and ingest. Our body can only work with and build from what we put into it – and beauty from within is a real thing.
Also, to note, when we mention “collagen” from now on, this is the type of collagen we are speaking about: hydrolyzed collagen.
So, What Can Collagen Do For Your Skin:
Collagen is the botox-free boost for your skin.
Many studies and trials have shown positive results such as: less wrinkles, smoother skin, and reduction of cellulite.
The main reason for these positive results is the amount of collagen in woman’s skin. Around 70% of a woman’s skin is made up of collagen.
Collagen is responsible for the elasticity and health of a woman’s skin. The more elasticity a person’s skin has, the more smooth and healthy looking it will appear.
Collagen also plays a role in the structure and thickness of a woman’s skin. Cellulite starts appearing when the thickness of your skin layer goes down, and the layer of fat beneath the skin starts to protrude up. Studies have shown that adding collagen to your daily vitamin and supplement regiment may help improve the structure and thickness of your skin – leading to the reduction of cellulite.
Improve The Health of Your Hair & Nails
Hair health, and collagen’s role in it, all comes down to Keratin.
A woman’s hair is primarily made up of Keratin. Collagen and Keratin share some of the same basic components (amino acids). When you take collagen, and your body starts to break it down, these shared amino acids are released in your body. These amino acids then may be used to increase the kertain in your body – promoting hair growth and strength.
Some studies have also shown collagen to have strong antioxidant abilities.
One study actually found that collagen may be a more effective antioxidant than compounds found in tea. This means that collagen may have the ability to fight free radicals from potentially damaging hair.
A recent study also found that collagen’s effect on nail strength is directly correlated with its ability to prevent nail brittleness.
The 2017 study found that a daily collagen peptides treatment promoted an increase of 12% nail growth rate and a decrease of 42% in the frequency of broken nails
Collagen Can Help Women During Postpartum Recovery
The common benefits collagen has been known to give directly combats the symptoms some women experience after a pregnancy.
Hair loss, dry skin, pelvic floor pain, and joint pain are some of the symptoms women face after a pregnancy.
Collagen can play a direct role in lowering the prevalence of each of those symptoms and has shown to boost the health of hair, skin, bones, and joints.
In regards to postpartum hair loss – this is what Kim McDevitt, a Registered Dietitian (RD) specializing in family nutrition and nutrition for women, had to say:
If you’re postpartum, one of the things you may have noticed around the 3 month mark is crazy hair loss. While this is a normal process, it’s quite alarming and you’ve likely convinced yourself on more than one occasion that you’re going bald. As soon as I started taking daily collagen the rate of hair loss significantly declined and at 8 months, I’m back to normal loss levels. But beyond that, my hair is thicker, shinier and healthier than it has ever been. I’ve also noticed better complexion and noticeably stronger nails.To Read More About Kim’s Postpartum experience with Collagen Click Here