Here’s a bit of bad news, after age 25, collagen levels in the body start to decline at a rate of 1 to 1.5% a year. The good news is you can help keep your skin plump and increase your collagen and even hyaluronic acid levels with the right supplements. I’ve been hearing the buzz about these types of supplements for a while. Collagen supplementation is extremely popular and mainstream in Asian countries – where they’re serious about their beauty regimens and skincare. We all witnessed and indulged in the BB/CC cream frenzy that started in Asia and this will be huge here as well.
I’m a business consultant for a skincare/medical spa distributor and this is a brand I represent to my medical accounts. I had advanced training on the formulations and technology of this company, which was founded by a scientist and formulated with a doctor. Since I saw so many success stories, I had to try this for myself. I started taking the supplement about a month ago and I’m excited to see the changes to my hair, skin, nails and even a nagging injury to my ankle I got on a hiking trail a couple of months ago. Collagen supplementation is also very good for the connective tissue in the body since it’s comprised of collagen. It’s important to note, these types of supplements don’t deliver instant results – so I’m being patient (and consistent!) and just know from the clinical studies and the glowing reviews of those around me that this works. It makes sense to me as an Esthetician and Nutritionist since everything we ingest- good or bad- effects our skin’s integrity and health. The right internal supplements can be just as important as your topical treatments, and will definitely be a welcome addition to a comprehensive approach to taking care of your skin.
The product I’m using is called Advanced Connective Tissue Formula, by Collagen MD. What I really like about this is that it’s a pharmaceutical grade hydrolyzed collagen type I and III. It’s also sugar free, doesn’t have a taste, and it’s free of sugar, soy, dairy, preservatives and gluten. Some high-end spas are using this formula to make their own signature elixir for their clients to indulge in on their visits. I have been mixing up a drink in the morning with coconut water, and any type of fresh organic berries I have on hand. When I’m in a big hurry I just add a couple scoops of the powder to my water bottle – shake it up and drink it right away. It’s also a great way to boost your water intake as well. What’s important to note is that you don’t want to take the supplement with a protein since it has to be the sole source of protein at the time you ingest it for it to assimilate properly. For the first two weeks I would only put 1 scoop in my drink and after a couple of weeks I increased it to the recommended 2 scoops. There is a very small percentage of the population (4%) that are sensitive to taking collagen supplements so it’s very unlikely you would have any issues especially since Collagen MD is free of extra ingredients you don’t need.
This supplement also contains Vitamin C, which is needed by the body to produce collagen. It also contains one of my favorite skincare ingredients which is also naturally occurring in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid, also known as, “Nature’s Moisturizer”. Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan that gives our skin a supple, hydrated appearance, and provides the body with lubrication. It also contains folic acid, biotin and B12 – necessary for skin health and collagen synthesis. What’s also important to me to note, is that this is a very “clean” supplement. I always read labels and make sure the supplements I’m taking don’t contain fillers, sugar and preservatives. Collagen MD is manufactured in the U.S. and has quality ingredients without any cheap filler ingredients you don’t want.
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