As you age, the connective tissues in your body begin to break down, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The production of collagen reduces with age and this protein is a vital component in your bones and connective tissues. Skin with a healthy collagen level has good skin moisturizing balance and together with another protein, elastin, it gives you smooth skin.
Various skin products contain collagen and the idea is that the cream should reduce the appearance of wrinkles. However, skin products that contain collagen do not stimulate natural production of collagen. Collagen molecules are large, and they cannot be absorbed by the skin. But collagen creams can hold moisture and be used as a moisturizer.
There are super collagen liquid, tablets and powder. Super collagen consists of hydrolyzed collagen, and it's absorbed into the blood stream. Hydrolysis means that the bonds between individual collagen strands are broken down by using heat and a chemical solution. This collagen matches the structure of your own collagen in your body, and it is suggested that it repairs connective tissues and improves skin elasticity. A problem is that the molecule is small and applying it directly to the skin does not increase collagen production. Super-collagen tablets are often mixed with vitamin C, and they can help to support healthy skin and hair. Super collagen is often extracted from the skins, bones and connective tissues of beef, pork and fish. Hydrolyzed collagen can reach into joint tissue and this supplement is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Hydrolyzed vs. Non-Hydrolyzed Collagen
Collagen supplements can also consist of collagen from bovine sources that have not been hydrolyzed. Thus, the difference between collagen and super collagen is that super collagen has been hydrolyzed. Collagen consists of large molecules, while super collagen molecules are smaller. Super collagen is taken internally.
Japanese women have taken collagen supplements for centuries. Water containing collagen is common in Japan, yet the scientific consensus on the benefits of liquid supplements remains undecided. However, this has not prevented people from consuming collagen supplements.
- Paul Tearle/Stockbyte/Getty Images