If there’s one thing we’re obsessed with at Standard Dose HQ right now, it’s collagen. We’re stirring it into our morning oats, raving about collagen lattes, and have tested far too many brands to count. See Exhibit A:
However, we also understand that you may have a few questions about collagen. What exactly does it do for your skin? How do you know if you need it? We’re here to clear the air.
Soo…what is it?
The first thing you may be wondering is, “What exactly is collagen?” Glad you asked. Collagen is a protein found throughout our bodies, specifically in bones, muscles, skin, and tendons, that’s responsible for holding everything together. As we age, though, our bodies produce less of it. Other factors like time in the sun, diet, and genetics can also play a role in the slowing down of this process.
What you eat makes a difference
As with many things, a balanced diet full of powerful plants can make a huge difference when it comes to collagen. In terms of what to limit, cutting back on sugar can be worth it as a high-sugar diet can damage collagen and contribute to visible signs of aging. On the other hand, whole foods and foods rich in vitamin C are known to support collagen synthesis.
Can a supplement really boost my skin health?
The short answer: yes! Collagen supplements have a wide variety of benefits, but one of the main ones is promoting healthy skin by boosting hydration and elasticity. Taking collagen can also help strengthen hair and nails and support strong bones.
What are the different types?
If you’re looking to introduce collagen into your daily routine, there are many options. Firstly, it's important to note that many collagen supplements on the market come from animal sources such as beef or fish, and so are not vegan. At Standard Dose, however, we're proud to offer a collection of collagen products that are 100% vegan. Rather than containing collagen themselves, the products we carry draw on plant-derived ingredients like tocos and vitamin C that support, boost, and protect your body's natural collagen. Plus, they come in a variety of forms. You can mix a vegan creamer into your morning coffee, pour an elixir into water or a smoothie, or simply take a capsule daily. It’s truly never been easier to boost your skin health!