Though most people have heard of collagen, few people know what natural collagen really is. Collagen is a protein — the most abundant protein in the human body, making up between a quarter and a third of total mass — and its tensile strength is responsible for quite literally holding the body together. When combined with keratin, collagen is responsible for giving skin its elasticity and waterproofing, and collagen loss is what causes wrinkles as people age. It’s also what gives cells their structural integrity. As people age, their bodies naturally produce less collagen, leaving both men and women in their 50s and 60s wondering what they can do to combat this loss.
There are two main ways to use live collagen for Baby Boomers’ particular concerns: for assuaging skin concerns and alleviating join pains.
- Collagen Skin Products
Collagen creams for face and body are designed to create tighter, firmer, less wrinkled skin. Most designer creams are also designed to brighten skin and prevent moisture loss. Since moisture is another key component in creating the appearance of firm, glowing skin, these creams offer multiple strategies for attaining a more youthful appearance. There are also specific serums made for the sensitive skin surrounding the eyes, where crows’ feet appear.
- Collagen Supplements
Decreases in collagen due to aging affect not only the skin, but also bones, cartilage and ligaments (and therefore joints, since osteoarthritis starts with cartilage breakdown that allows bones to rub against each other without padding). Collagen is available in pill form to combat this problem. While the research supporting such use is ongoing, many patients have reported that their joint aches and pains are alleviated by a collagen regimen. At the very least, these supplements provide amino acids that are vital to joint health. And since collagen is natural, it doesn’t have the nasty side effects of some manufactured pharmaceuticals.
Can you think of other ways to use live collagen for Baby Boomers’ aging concerns? Have you ever used a collagen anti wrinkle cream or joint supplement? Share your thoughts in the comments.