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8 Ways Collagen Benefits Your Hair, Joints, and Skin

Your body is made up largely of proteins. Collagen is one such protein that is found throughout the connective tissues in your body (i.e., skin, joints, bones, fat, and blood). Around 30% of your body protein content is collagen, and your skin is 75-80% collagen.

Collagen makes up much of your body.

The quality and quantity of collagen in your body affect how well these tissues work and how well your skin looks!

The problem is that as the body ages, its ability to produce collagen diminishes. The cosmetic signs of a collagen deficit are fine lines, deep wrinkles, and sagging skin. Remember that your skin is an organ in your body, so it's a dramatic visual example of the degeneration that happens when your collagen fades.

Inside your body, joints start to experience pain, discomfort, and stiffness when the collagen that makes up their cartilage starts to fade. This collagen provides the cushion that allows bones to move without scraping each other, and it gives you flexibility.

Supplement to Renew Your Collagen Content

Be grateful that you can supplement with effective collagen formulations that can give you a youthful amount of collagen once again!

Hydrolyzed collagen is an effective supplement that supports the production of collagen in your body. “Hydrolyzed” refers to collagen proteins that have been broken down into smaller peptides (short chains of amino acids as opposed to the longer chains of proteins). Hydrolyzed collagen gives your body the building blocks it needs to create more collagen.

Let’s look at the ways in which collagen supplementation benefits your hair, joints, and skin.

1. Skin: Less Wrinkles

Collagen is responsible for keeping your skin firm. Think of collagen fibers as the pillars of a building. When the pillars are no longer there, the roof collapses in a mangled mess.

Without collagen, your skin collapses, so to speak, and you’re left with deep indentations called wrinkles.

By supplementing with hydrolyzed collagen and reinforcing the collagen framework of your skin, these wrinkles can be reduced [1][2]. In a human study, it’s no surprise that there were “visible” reductions in wrinkles since a “significant increase in collagen” was measured [1].

Researchers have solid evidence that the peptides in the hydrolyzed collagen are responsible for this effect because the formula that contained the highest amounts of peptides had the most effect [2].

2. Skin: Better Moisturized

Skin dryness causes your skin to look less attractive, lifeless, flaky, and less firm. Aging skin loses some of its ability to stay moisturized, and part of the reason is the lack of collagen since this protein strengthens the skin’s barrier and helps retain moisture [3].

Supplementing with hydrolyzed collagen increases skin moisture. In a period of 8 weeks, moisturization increased by 28% [3][4].

3. Skin: Greater Elasticity

When collagen is lost, the skin loses its youthful elasticity. When it’s elastic, the skin can extend (imagine a hand pulling on your check skin) and then effortlessly slingshot back into its firm starting position.

But when collagen is lost, the skin sags and can’t return to its proper firm form.

Luckily, hydrolyzed collagen increases skin elasticity [3][4]. So get ready for your skin to return to its youthful firmness and flexibility.

Researchers also noted an increase in the elastin protein as a result of the supplementation of collagen peptides [3]. This protein is specifically responsible for increasing the elastic ability of the skin.

4. Bones: More Resilience

Believe it or not, collagen is even in your bones. Collagen provides the soft part of the framework for your bones, whereas calcium provides the hard framework. Bones are supposed to be strong and hard as well as flexible. This combination of traits makes bones able to withstand the stress that living puts on them.

Diminishing collagen in the bones is not a good thing, and researchers think that supplementing with hydrolyzed collagen increases collagen production in the bones and could help improve the lives of people with weak or aging bones [5].

5. Joints: Less Pain

A published review of collagen’s effects on joints showed that supplementation is evidenced to decrease joint pain and function [6]. If you supplement, the collagen provides cushion and range of movement for the cartilage in your joints.

6. Muscles: Stronger and Bigger

Collagen is an important part of muscle tissue and contributes to its ability to contract. That’s why researchers put hydrolyzed collagen to the test to see whether they increase muscle strength. They did [7]! Even muscle mass was increased. When you’ve got more collagen protein in those muscles, is it a surprise?

7. Skin: Less Cellulite

Unsightly cellulite bothering you? It’s estimated that about 85% percent of women experience cellulite [8].

Researchers know that collagen supplementation can improve the density of the skin’s structure so that the under-skin fat doesn’t pop up into visible cellulite. That’s why the appearance of cellulite has been reduced in women taking collagen peptides [8].

8. Hair: Stronger and Grows Faster

The effect of oral collagen supplementation on hair hasn’t been studied as much as the protein’s effect on skin and joints.

Researchers have found indications of two positive effects. First, oral collagen intake upregulates genes involved in growing hair; second, oral collagen stimulates keratinocytes, which are cells that generate the main structural protein of the hair - keratin [9].

If your hair grows faster and has more of the strong keratin protein, you’ll have fuller, more attractive locks!

Suffering from dry brittle hair, weak or chipped nails, or sagging dull skin?

These symptoms could be telltale signs of a nutritional deficiency.

A diet low in key vitamins, minerals, and nutrients like biotin, vitamin E, and silica can cause your body to look tired and make people ask you if you are feeling okay.

Fortunately, you can reverse these signs by giving your hair, skin, and nails the nutrition they need to thrive.

The question is: how do you get started?

Find out in this detailed guide that shows you how to start growing stronger, healthier nails and hair and get more radiant, youthful-looking skin.

Download it right now by clicking this link.

Evan has years of experience researching and writing about the health effects of food and nutritional supplements. He is especially passionate about nutritional pharmacology and the bioavailability, efficacy, and actions of supplements. He wants to spread knowledge about how effective diet and supplements can be at treating ailments and promoting well-being. Learn more about Evan here.

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