What is Collagen and Do I Need It?

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As we grow older, we accept that wrinkles are inevitably going to show up on our face and body. But, have you ever wondered what can slow down the appearance of wrinkles? Today, we are going to take a look at a key protein called collagen and the role it plays in the aging process. 

What is collagen? 

Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids and is the most abundant structural protein found in animals. We naturally produce collagen through our bodies. There are also ways to intake it through foods and supplements. Some even apply it topically using lotions and creams that have collagen in them. 

Benefits of collagen 

Collagen has a lot of awesome benefits and uses. It provides support to the tissues and according to healthline’s official website, it plays a key role in tissue repair, immune response, cellular communication and cellular migration, a process necessary for tissue maintenance.

Many know collagen as being vital in the battle against aging signs such as wrinkles and sagging skin! This is because wrinkles and sagging skin occur when collagen becomes fragmented in the body and the fibroblast function is impaired (2). Collagen can help smooth wrinkles and improve skin’s elasticity. One review found that collagen can go so far as to improve hydration within the skin- youthful glow anyone? 

Toxins in makeup that disrupt collagen 

As we know, so many beauty products contain a never-ending list of chemicals that all have an impact on our body. But, did you know that some of these toxins can actually decrease collagen production? While you’re busy trying to look younger, the chemicals you’re using could be working against you and aging you faster. It turns into a profitable cycle for those beauty brands-the more you age, the more makeup you’ll use! While I don’t know that is always the intention, it can be a bit disturbing. 

Carbon World Health’s official website lists Parabens as one of those collagen production disruptors. They are commonly used as preservatives in makeup products to ensure a longer shelf-life. We recommend that you always check the label on your beauty products. If a product contains Parabens these are potential ingredient labels it will have: propylparaben, isopropylparaben, butylparaben, and isobutylparaben. 

How you can increase collagen production in your body 

One great way to increase collagen in your body is by, you guessed it, incorporating collagen in your diet. You can search for different powders and supplements to take daily. Food wise, one great source of collagen is bone broth! I like to add some spices into mine and drink it out of a mug-especially on cold days. 

Another important way to protect your body’s collagen production is by avoiding toxins in your beauty products. Definitely opt for products that don’t contain toxic chemicals like Parabens. I reach for organic ingredients and beauty brands that I know prioritize the consumer’s health. 

Clean Beauty by Joy’s Approach to Collagen 

Toxins like Parabens generally do more than just disrupt collagen production and have a profoundly negative impact on your health. For this reason, Clean Beauty by Joy’s products are Paraben-free! In addition, Clean beauty by Joy’s makeup avoids using toxins that could negatively impact your body, age you faster and have negative effects on your health. 

Instead, our makeup contains natural and organic ingredients such as Aloe Vera. Clean Beauty by Joy includes Aloe Vera as a common ingredient in our products because of all of its great benefits. One of those benefits is that Aloe actually supports collagen production! Yup, you read it right. Clean Beauty by Joy has no intention of aging our customers faster. We uphold that consumers should be able to have clean beauty without compromising their health. 

For toxin-free, cruelty-free and organic beauty products follow this link: https://cleanbeautybyjoy.com/collections/all


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507709/ 
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/collagen 
  3. https://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-beauty/potential-health-benefits-of-collagen-and-thing-it-cant-do/ 
  4. https://jddonline.com/articles/oral-collagen-supplementation-a-systematic-review-of-dermatological-applications-S1545961619P0009X/ 
  5. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/aloe-vera-for-face#benefits 

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