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Everyone wants to age gracefully. We want to unlock the secrets of Gwyneth and J-Lo, Halle and any other prominent ageless wonder you can think of. While some of them can boast that they stay fresh, young, and healthy without any crazy, expensive methods, you have to wonder what they aren’t telling you.
You might question if there’s a skin care regimen out there that’s accessible to you. And as someone who cares deeply about the ingredients that go into and onto your body, you want an all-natural approach to healthy skin.
You might have noticed all the influencers swearing by a certain brand of collagen or even get blasted with ads on your favorite social media app. But maybe you don’t quite understand the hype around collagen, or are looking for the simplest, healthiest way to incorporate it into your day.
First, let’s talk about what collagen is and how it works within your body.
What is Collagen?
Let’s start from the beginning. What exactly is collagen? This is the most abundant protein found in your body. Collagen forms the building blocks for the foundation of bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen literally holds you together and keeps you on your feet.
Collagen is broken down into types that your body puts to different uses.
- Type I - provides structure for skin, bones, tendons, cartilage fibers, connective tissue, and teeth.
- Type II - helps cushion your joints.
- Type III - supports the structure of muscles, organs, and blood vessels.
- Type V - also supports skin, bones, tendons, connective tissue, cartilage, and teeth.
As children, our body is constantly producing plenty of collagen because we’re at the stage of life where we’re always growing. As we age, we produce less and less collagen.Typically, once we reach our late twenties collagen production slows down. We see this change appear in loss of firmness and suppleness in your skin, resulting in wrinkles and dryness.
Dryness can affect the skin barrier function and our overall collagen density beneath the skin decreases. One study showed that consuming collagen significantly increased hydration of the skin after eight weeks of use. A healthy, functioning skin barrier is important in protecting against dehydration, the penetration of foreign microorganisms, allergens, irritants, and radiation.
MORE THAN AGING SKIN
But the effects of collagen loss are more than skin deep. Other signs of low collagen production include cartilage weakening or deteriorating and joint pain. One study demonstrates that the consumption of Type II collagen helped increase the quality of life for osteoarthritis patients after ninety days of use.
A study that measured both the waviness of skin as well as the dermal density was conducted on a group of patients to determine whether consuming collagen would show improvement. The results showed a reduction in skin waviness after three months as well as significantly higher dermal density after six months.
With the strengthening of connective tissue seen in our skin comes the strengthening of connective tissue felt within our joints, ligaments, muscles, organs, and bones. When we can see that our skin is healthy, it’s a good (but not the only) sign that the connective tissue throughout our entire body is healthy as well.
Cell turnover is another health benefit of collagen. When you increase your collagen consumption, you’ll notice your hair and nail growth accelerate. You might even see an increase in the strength and quality of both. Cell turnover is how your body heals itself. This is why you might feel that you bounced back from injuries much faster when you were a kid. That’s because your body had more collagen at its disposal back then.
Now that you know all the benefits of collagen, let’s address the second part of your question. Where can I find an all-natural source?
OWL Bone Broth To Boost Your Collagen
Bone marrow is an excellent source of collagen and the vitamins and minerals that support healthy skin. When we make our broths, we simmer animal bones for over twenty-four hours. The heat pulls these nutrients from the bone marrow and into the surrounding liquid.
All of our bone broths are mineralized with apple cider vinegar and simmered with healing herbs, roots, and veggies. Most importantly, our broths are made with locally sourced, grass-fed bones for the highest quality, most nutritious bone marrow.
Supportive skincare that nourishes the skin on the outside helps support the work of collagen on the inside. OWL’s skincare collection is in no short supply of healthy, dermis-supporting benefits that fit every skin type.
Using a moisturizer that also protects from the sun is the perfect way to give your skin the TLC it deserves. Our Sun Potion Daily Moisturizer protects against the sun, balances your skin’s pH levels, and helps boost collagen production.
As a human being, you need refreshment throughout your day to keep you going. So does your skin! OWL’s Rose Toner is a stupendous blast of moisture to keep your skin hydrated and helps reduce redness and irritation.
The skin on our face is different from the rest of our body, and it needs a little extra lovin’. Our Moon Wash Cleanser is perfect for the end of the day treat for your skin. This oil cleanser helps remove impurities and reduces hyperpigmentation.
The perfect addition to your bedtime routine, our Moon Glow Evening Serum will nourish your skin all evening while you get your beauty sleep. This daily moisturizer helps slow the signs of aging, hydrates your skin, and is a natural antibacterial.
Healthy Skin, Inside & Out
Aging is a natural and beautiful part of life. Some consider aging a privilege, something that’s earned. Those laugh lines come from years of smiles with loved ones that you wouldn’t trade for the world. The goal is to take care of your body during all of its stages to help it function to the best of its ability. Your body is something sacred, something to cherish. If you treat it with the honor it deserves, it will repay you with a high quality of life for many years to come.
Julie is a self-made writer on a forever journey of fitness and health. As a high school music teacher, she has seen and experienced the challenges of maintaining good health while simultaneously balancing a career and healthy relationships.
Julie has always lived a healthy and active lifestyle. She loves the outdoors, hiking, and camping. Over the years she has continued to learn smarter and better ways to take care of her body while continuing to do the things that make her smile. Naturally, all of her teacher friends wanted to know how she did it - what was her secret?
Julie found herself explaining over and over everything she'd learned in her research, and sharing her experiences through trial and error. Her friends would take her advice, try some new things, and then come back to ask how to take it to the next level.
"You should charge for this kind of information!" Became a constant phrase, and so began her career of writing to share her knowledge with the world through health and wellness companies looking to spread healing and healthy habits within their communities. Now Julie gets to combine two of the things she enjoys most - writing and wellness - and use them to affect change in a real way.
When not making music with her kiddos, or writing wellness tips for a higher quality of life, you can find her reading, hiking, drumming, and fitnessing