Plant-Based Collagen: Is It As Great As It’s Hyped Up To Be?
If you have ever mindlessly scrolled through Instagram skincare recently, chances are you've heard of “collagen”. The buzzy term has gained more attention than a viral TikTok video and it’s here to stay. Collagen is that magical ingredient that claims to hold powers to flawless skin and hair. But, hold up! How much do you really know about it?
Collagen actually plays a massive role in how your skin (amongst other things) feels, looks, and behaves. Think of it as the glue that binds it all together. Simply put, it is a natural protein that pretty much comprises 1/3rd of your body’s protein content. You’ll find it in your skin, muscles, ligaments, bones. It is the primary element that holds your skin taut, prevents it from sagging, and helps in quicker healing of wounds and skin conditions. So where does it disappear?
When you’re younger, your body produces more collagen than it loses. As you age, this process reverses and your body starts to break down more collagen than it produces. To top it off, environmental stressors like UV exposure, poor diet, and unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking and lack of proper sleep, can accelerate the breakdown. Less collagen leads to sagging skin that is prone to the signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. It also means that skin conditions like acne and eczema will tend to heal a lot slower.
THE INSIDE OUT APPROACH
Collagen supplements swoop in to the rescue. While topical treatments like creams, serums, and oils help stimulate your collagen from within the skin, more often than not, it’s not enough. Collagen supplements take an inside out kind of approach where they not only aid in keeping skin healthy and glowing, but also help with your body’s overall health..
ANIMAL DERIVES VS PLANT-BASED COLLAGEN
Animal-derived collagen supplements are pretty popular and are one of the most common types of collagen. They are derived from bones, hooves, hides, and joints of animals (where collagen is found in plenty), and are manufactured into tasteless or flavoured powders that can be mixed in your coffee or daily smoothies. Here, you are literally consuming collagen from another animal to replace your own.
Animal-based collagen supplements may often contain harmful contaminants like herbicides and pesticides. The main issue with animal derived collagen is that it is more of a quick fix and doesn’t treat the root cause of collagen loss, but merely provides a temporary fix to boost collagen in your body.
Plant-derived collagen supplements on the other hand, are a more effective way of boosting collagen. While the plants themselves aren’t loaded with collagen, they contain elements and ingredients that in turn encourage your body to produce its own collagen naturally. Most plant-based collagen supplements also contain vitamin C, an important antioxidant that helps in the creation of collagen within the body. Think of vitamin C as the enabler between two significant enzymes that allow for collagen synthesis. So essentially, plant-derived collagen gives your body all the ingredients that are required to produce collagen.
WHY WE LOVE PLANT-BASED COLLAGEN
Most animal-derived collagen supplements contain extracted collagen. However, once this protein has been extracted, it is no longer alive –– hence, losing all its positive benefits which then cannot be reproduced. This makes animal-derived collagen supplements less effective than consuming ingredients that are naturally high in collagen and encourage your body to produce its own.
MAY WE PRESENT ✨FEEL GOOD SKIN✨
Powered by vitamin C, vitamin E, omega-3, and antioxidants, our Feel Good Skin mix is a plant-based blend that nourishes your skin from the inside out. Other than stimulating and protecting your body’s natural collagen production, the mix is also formulated with the necessary ingredients that your skin needs to renew cells and replenish lost nutrients. Rather than giving you surface level results, it helps your skin heal faster at a cellular level, improves detoxification for a ‘healthy glow’, gives you a boost of antioxidants and heals any sort of damage caused by environmental factors.
Meet The Star Cast
🌿 Budrock Root
Key role: Detoxifies your liver
The result: Improved radiance, prevents acne
Key role: Anti-inflammatory, collagen support, produces a type of collagen
The result: Speeds up healing and repair
🌿 Goji Berry
Key role: Antioxidant rich
The result: Boosts overall skin health
SO... IS IT WORTH THE HYPE?
In short? Yes! Although plant-based collagen isn’t ‘real’ collagen, a holistic skin supplement like Feel Good Skin can host a bunch of ingredients that not only help boost your body’s collagen levels naturally, but also improve blood purification, hydration and more. So rather than straight away replacing what’s lost, dive deep into the root cause of your skin concerns to nourish yourself from within.
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