Right off the bat, I do. However, I don’t think all collagen supplements are created equal and that they work for everyone. I’ve tried a couple of collagen supplements, powders, drinks and whatnot and read a lot more reviews to conclude that—hey, I’m neither a doctor nor a scientist but— if collagen supplements work for me without dissolving my kidneys… why not?
Recently, I’ve started taking collagen supplements again after stopping for months because I noticed that I’ve been looking a bit off my game lately due to stress and lack of sleep. And as expected, I’m seeing some of my glow back!
The magical glue that is Collagen
Collagen is a fibrous type of protein which… okay, scratch that. Collagen is like the glue that holds all the stuffings in our skin. As we age, our body starts to slow down the production of this magical glue and that’s why everything starts to fall apart and head south. Think ‘old pillow versus new pillow’.
Are we drinking collagen supplements in vain?
The dilemma is—regardless of whether it works on me or on a thousand other girls out there—there seems to be little scientific proof that collagen supplements taken orally can really help rebuild collagen. I’ve searched for hours and I can’t find any article that explains whether collagen supplements work without selling me a collagen pill. I’ve found a couple on how collagen can help repair joints but none–at least none that’s reliable enough to me–discussed in scientific hieroglyphics how collagen supplements can make someone look younger.
So, what’s my take?
Yes, to a certain degree (and plumpness of my skin, thank you!) I do believe that collagen supplements can deliver. However, I don’t think that whatever extra collagen we take gets automatically sucked into the layers of our skin as new human-type collagen. Most collagen supplements are made from fish or pig collagen and I’m pretty sure I’m not half-mermaid and neither is Ms. Piggy my cousin. At the most, the ‘plumpness’ is usually just temporary — I don’t think real collagen dissolves overnight like that.
But probably, along with other ingredients found in most collagen supplements nowadays (e.g. Vit C, glucosamine, MSM, hyaluronic acid, etc.) they help nourish and support skin health in general.
How about you?