Top 5 myths of collagen unveiled!

Myth Buster 1 - Can you put Collagen on your skin?⠀⠀⠀⠀

The plain answer: Not really! One of the biggest myths about boosting your collagen levels is that you can apply it directly to the skin. There's so many body creams, lotions & moisturisers containing collagen claiming to boost collagen levels, whilst these lotions topically applied will help moisturise the skin, that's about the extent of what they can do, as collagen molecules are too big to cross into the lower layers of the skin and are of no real use, (collagen has molecular weight making it too large to penetrate the top layer of skin, we call this the 500 Dalton rule, and it applies to ANY cosmetic you are meant to topically apply to your skin. If it can absorb into your skin, it no longer can be classified as a cosmetic).  Applying collagen topically isn't shown to stimulate collagen synthesis or growth from the inside... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Collagen is a major component of your skin, and plays a role in strengthening skin, plus may benefit skin elasticity and hydration.  As you age, your body produces less collagen, leading to dry skin and the formation of wrinkles. So when you ask can Collagen Creams smooth my wrinkles? The answer really is - collagen creams only work on the skin surface and, like other moisturisers, mainly slow the rate of water loss from the skin and help keep the skin supple from the outside.

Myth Buster 2 - You cannot restore your bodys’ own collagen!

The Truth – You CAN boost collagen levels in your body with active ingredients, good food and supplements..... Your body does not stop producing collagen as we age, rather, it is the rate of natural collagen production that is reduced as we age.... we lose about 1% to 2% per year from our mid 20s!! This reduced level of collagen production cannot be increased by the topical application of typical collagen creams.  Instead, collagen production needs to be stimulated by TAKING premium collagen supplements and products!! Simply.... you need to consume collagen, and regularly and consistently to gain the benefit – it’s all about consistency which is key!  We suggest trying Fusspot Collagen Beauty Tea...  organic tea infused with hydrolyzed collagen peptides.... and we recommend drinking two cups daily, consistently to build up the collagen levels in your body. You’ll not only gain the benefits of collagen but also the support from the powerful antioxidants from tea!! Your skin will love you!!

Myth Buster 3 - Collagen can't be absorbed by the body in its whole form.

Actually collagen proteins must be broken down into smaller peptides, or amino acids, before they can be absorbed.... and as such, collagen contains the amino acid hydroxyproline that’s unique in youthful skin. Prolyl-hydroxyproline, a collagen fragment, can also help trigger skin cells in vitro (in the cell), when absorbed, to produce more hyaluronic acid, a key component that’s important for boosting the skin’s water content and wrinkle free looking skin ( that you have when you’re younger), when absorbed!! This is why we use premium, concentrated hydrolyzed collagen peptides in all 11 blends of our Fusspot Collagen Beauty Tea range, so you can drink the benefits easily and regular consumption is facilitated by drinking a delicious tea that has been formulated to support your complexion goals!!


Myth Buster 4 – Vegan Collagen questions….

For those looking for a vegan collagen product, you should be informed that collagen mainly comes from animal sources.  We see many vegan “collagen” products out in the market that claim to support collagen production, but they don’t actually contain animal-based ‘collagen’ and also many sell ‘collagen-boosters” as supplements which contain various vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C and Zinc that our bodies need to make collagen. So, it does raise the question whether the scientific facts are there to justify that vegan collagen works and whether the science can support the claimed health benefits. However, it is possible to supplement your diet with foods and vitamins that boost collagen production in your own body which can be vegan-based.  We read about many new developments and research, where scientists have been able to genetically modify yeast and bacteria to re-create the amino acid structure of collagen by breaking down various bacteria ( think bacteria’s P. pastoris and pepsin), as well as other plant proteins,  (think hemp, soy, and pea protein) and re-combining specific amino acids to mirror the amino acid structure of collagen. Plant-based collagen builders provide similar amino acids as animal collagen, only from non-animal sources. So, yes there are some revolutionary ‘vegan’ collagen products on the market, but just be careful to read the labelling of what it really is you’re consuming first.

Myth Buster 5 - Marine Collagen is better for anti-aging than Bovine Collagen….

Which to choose? We hear this a lot!!! Actually, there isn’t any research that dispels or proves that bovine collagen sources are better absorbed than marine, or vice versa. The evidence shows that hydrolyzed collagen is your best choice as research available shows that hydrolyzed collagen peptides are the form that's absorbed best, used most effectively, and make the biggest impact on joint and skin health, which is what we have infused our teas with.  We don’t believe there’s any affirmative research showing one type of collagen is better than the other with scientific results and clinical outcomes. What it actually comes down to is your personal flavour preference for a bovine or marine source of collagen,  and if you can taste the marine collagen in your drink or product, where marine can tend to have some natural flavour compared to bovine, (unless it’s a really premium marine collagen). With Fusspot Collagen Beauty Tea, we use a premium bovine collagen that is flavourless, odorless and colourless, so you won’t even know you’re drinking it and will only enjoy the flavour of the tea blend of your choice!


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