We need to talk about collagen
I don’t know about you, but I get a bit blinded by science when I’m confronted by shelves of skin products. They all claim to improve and enhance or combat the signs of ageing. And if I am honest, I’m really not clear on any of the ‘wonder’ ingredients they contain. How do I know what works and what is simply clever marketing?
So when a friend of mine (in her late 50s) whose skin and hair always look particularly fabulous whispered the word ‘collagen’ to me I was intrigued.
I started in on my own research, and when I came across Ingenious Beauty, and their patented Collagen supplements – I wanted to know more. In this article we’re going to look at the way your skin changes as you age, and the role of collagen supplements during and after the menopause.
Skin; the largest organ in your body.
When I was younger I really didn’t pay too much attention to my skin, aside from slapping on a bit of moisturiser in the mornings. Oh, the arrogance of youth! Now that I’m knee deep in the peri-menopause, (along with a whole host of other delightful menopause symptoms), I’m noticing dry patches, fine lines and wrinkles popping up at an almost alarming rate.
To understand these changes better, let’s start with the role and function skin plays in your overall health: Skin is the largest organ in the human body and it is a vital barrier that protects you from external aggressors. It’s your body’s first line of defence against the viral, bacterial, fungal infections that can harm your overall health.
Skin is comprised of two layers: The epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the thin, superficial outer layer which contains the melanin that gives your skin its colour. The dermis is the deeper layer, and forms the main bulk of the skin, and it is vital in giving your skin its resilience as it supports blood vessels, nerve endings, and fibres that are predominantly collagen and elastin.
What happens to skin during menopause?
The Hormone oestrogen plays a huge role in the signs of ageing and preserving your skin’s youthful quality. With the onset of menopause, oestrogen levels in a woman’s body fluctuate and then start to decline. Studies have shown that this drop in oestrogen is associated with various skin issues, such as wrinkles, fine lines, flushing, dryness, and impaired wound healing (1). When the oestrogen levels start to drop, facial wrinkles and creases progressively deepen (2) and with the drop in oestrogen levels, collagen levels also start to decline (3).
What is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, (it accounts for about one-third of the bodies protein composition) Collagen a major building block in skin, bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons, and makes up about 80% of the dry weight of adult skin (4). The word collagen has its roots in the Greek word “kólla,” which means glue. So we can think of it as the “glue” that holds things together, and gives your skin its firmness and elasticity.
Studies show that as much as 30% of collagen is lost in the first five years after menopause (5). And it’s this drop in collagen that speeds up wrinkling and sagging.
Can we combat this decline in collagen production?
Your body makes collagen naturally, by combining amino acids — nutrients you get from eating protein rich foods like beef, chicken, fish, beans, eggs and dairy products. But as you age, your body may no longer absorb nutrients as well, or be able to synthesise them as efficiently, so collagen levels start to drop. One way to combat this to take collagen in supplement form.
And this is where we introduce Ingenious Beauty…
Ingenious Beauty is a ground-breaking supplement that promises smoother skin, healthier hair and stronger nails. But what makes this claim any different from the other collagen products on the market?
Firstly we need to remind ourselves that the ‘studies’ quoted in marketing spin are often merely consumer surveys which are based upon opinion rather than clinical measurements and don’t include a ‘control’ group, which is the cornerstone of good scientific practise.
Ingenious are different. They put Ingenious Beauty to the ultimate test in the UK’s largest and most reliable independent clinical trial of a collagen supplement. The trial was conducted by Cutest, the UK’s leading dermatological testing organisation.
In this double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial, undertaken in late 2019, Ingenious Beauty was scientifically proven to significantly improve the appearance of skin in 98% of women after 12 weeks and to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by up to 85 per cent in 77 per cent of women.
Yes you did read that correctly, 98% of the testers experienced a significant improvement to the quality of their skin in at least one of the clinical measurements.
You can find out more about the clinical trial here
What’s in the Ingenious Beauty collagen supplements?
Ingenious Beauty combines a blend of 3 ingredients
- Hyaluronic Acid – to plump up skin and add moisture.
- Marine Collagen Peptide – to help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.
- Astaxanthin – an antioxidant that combats free-radicals and provides natural UV protection.
Each ingredient originates from natural sources, without the use of synthetic or chemical processes.
Not all collagen supplements are created equal.
And the really clever thing about Ingenious is their patented delivery formula, (which roughly translated is how the collagen gets where it needs to go).
David Hyland, Co-Founder of Ingenious. explains; “when ingested, collagen can be degraded by the digestive action of the stomach before the collagen peptide is absorbed, and so is effectively ‘wasted’. Ingenious Beauty has a patented ‘delivery system’ which protects the ingredients as they travel through the body and delivers them directly to the small intestine where it is absorbed most effectively”
This world-first approach to protecting collagen has garnered Ingenious Beauty worldwide praise and 9 coveted industry awards including “Best Collagen Supplement” which was won in 2020, 2019 and 2018.
Why you should invest in you.
At The Midlife Hub we’re big on investing in self-care. The hormonal changes during and after menopause can wreak havoc on your skin. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do. First and foremost, take care of yourself, put ‘you’ at the top of your to-do list. Maintaining a good diet, exercising regularly are the basics. And commit to (and invest in) a skin care routine that consists of scientifically proven products suitable for your skin type.
The earlier you develop a preventative approach, the better it is for the skin in the long term, but it is never too late to start taking care of your skin.
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Updated: August 4th 2020.
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1. Sullivan, Michele G. “Early Intervention May Forestall Menopause-related Skin Aging.” Dermatology News. Dermatology News, 30 Aug. 2015. Web. 23 Jan. 2017
2. Langen, Stéphanie Barros, Maria C. Fidelis, Margareth O. Pereira, and Adilson Costa. “2.” Skin, Mucosa and Menopause. By Elisangela S. P. Pereira. N.p.: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2015. 15-23. Print.
3,4,5 Calleja-Agius, J., and M. Brincat. “The effect of menopause on the skin and other connective tissues.” Gynecological Endocrinology 28.4 (2012): 273-77. Taylor & Francis Online. Web. 31 Jan. 2017.