What in the World is Collagen?

While scrolling through social media, you may have seen pictures—or read blog posts—of people using collagen supplements in their beauty arsenal to improve the appearance of their skin and hair. You may have also asked yourself, what the heck is collagen? Do I need collagen? 

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein created by the body. It is the primary structural protein of organs, connective tissue, and skin. As we age, collagen production declines—this is perfectly normal—this results in the formation of wrinkles, a lack of firmness and a dull appearance.

Picture your skin as a side-cut view of a mattress. Your top most layer, the fabric on your mattress, is your cuticle. The layer of foam that protects you from the springs, is the epidermis. Finally, below this, we have the springs, this is your dermis. In the dermis, collagen forms a fibrous network of cells called fibroblasts, which looks and acts much in the same way the springs in your mattress do. With age, the springs weaken, and your mattress no longer provides you with the comfort it once did. Similarly, when your collagen production diminishes, the fibroblasts aren’t as performant and that is when wrinkles become visible, skin sags, and there is a loss of density (this is what makes your lips and cheeks plump and youthful).

Although genetics do play a role in our collagen production and premature aging, you can prevent collagen loss by protecting yourself from UV rays (wearing sunscreen, wide brimmed hats, sunglasses, and long sleeved shirts), avoiding tobacco use, and eating a diet rich in lycopene, zinc, vitamin C and lean protein. 

However, be aware that many companies source their collagen from slaughterhouse by-product. Vegetarian collagen, a cruelty-free alternative, stems from vegetables. However, to support collagen synthesis, you need a host of nutrients and peptides such as Anthocyanidins, Copper, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Proline to help stimulate the youthful production of collagen, replacing the collagen that was lost.

So why did Fitglow Beauty make vegan collagen and antioxidant vitamins its star ingredient in its new Color Lip Serum? Because when the two are absorbed and perform collagen synthesis, evidence shows your lips will look fuller, healthier, and will regain their youthful appearance. Not only will you be applying a gorgeous color to your lips, you will also be providing them with an evidence based treatment. So why wear just colour when you can treat your lips at the same time with the Lip Colour Serums.