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Let’s chat: why do YOU need collagen in your daily routine ...

Let’s chat: why do YOU need collagen in your DAILY routine ...

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We’d be nothing without collagen, quite literally. It’s a protein that acts like glue in your body, and helps to build strong bones, joints, teeth, muscles and tendons. So yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. Collagen is also essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails, which is why the beauty world is *very* obsessed with it.

So we’ve all heard of collagen and agree it’s great, but many people don’t know much beyond that. But to understand why we care about collagen, we need to go deeper into how it’s made.

In our skin’s dermis layer (which is the thick, middle part), fibroblast cells encourage the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. You’re sure to recognise all three of those terms because they are must-haves for our skin to a) exist, b) stay strong and c) look gorgeous.

But wait, if it already exists in our bodies, why do we need to add to it? The amount of collagen our body produces gradually starts to drop from around the age of 25, at a rate of one to two per cent per year. (How unfair: just as we’re starting to get it together, our collagen production is slowly heading towards retirement.) Since collagen is a key part of creating firm and bouncy skin, this depletion results in fine lines, wrinkles, and lacklustre skin.

Before you start mourning the loss of your late-teens and early-twenties skin, it’s not all bad news, honey. Collagen has stolen the beauty supplement show because it can help replace some of what you’ve lost. This means you can re-gain and maintain pillowy skin with a daily supplement, plus it encourages Rapunzel-level hair growth and diamond-strength nails.

Most collagen supplements in the market at the moment come in a powder, tablet, capsule, liquid or gummy form, so you can decide which format is easiest for you take (and that you’re least likely to forget about).

Pour Les Rebelles loves: KISSED EARTH 100% PURE HYDROLYSED BOVINE COLLAGEN PEPTIDES - i mean Rachel Finch knows her stuff.

This tasteless, odourless collagen powder has been formulated with bioavailability in mind. Internally, this means as much of the active ingredients are absorbed into the blood stream as possible, making them better at doing their job. Externally, you’ll love seeing firmer, plumper skin, healthier hair growth and chip-resistant nails.

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