Collagen makes up approximately 30% of your total body protein and 75% of your skin. It gives your skin elasticity while keeping it firm, makes your hair shiny, and keeps your nails strong1.
There are more than 28 different types of collagen, but the three most abundant are Types I, II, and III2:
Type I: The most abundant form of collagen that is found in tendons and throughout the body. It’s a key building block for hair, skin, nail, blood vessel, and teeth health.
Type II: This type of collagen structure is found in joint cartilage.
Type III: This is the second most abundant form of collagen and is found in association with Type I collagen.
Your body naturally produces the collagen it needs, but production starts to decline around the age of 25 by about 1-2% each year and is not replenished3. Most of the changes in your skin caused by aging happen in the dermis layer, which loses about 20-80% of its thickness. Once you reach the age of 30, the effects of collagen loss can become more noticeable. Some of the signs of collagen depletion include:
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Increase of wrinkles
- Loss of volume
- Changes in the color and texture of the skin
By the time a woman reaches the age of 40, she will have lost between 10-20% of her collagen3. By the time a woman reaches the age of 50, she may have lost up to half of the collagen in her skin. During the first 5 years following menopause, there is a decline of collagen production due to a significant drop in estrogen levels4. The lack of estrogen production makes our skin thinner and less elastic, which leads to more wrinkling and sagging. The collagen levels in your skin can decrease by up to 30% during this time and after that, it slows down to a loss of 2% each year.
Taking a collagen supplement can help slow down and prevent the loss of collagen that occurs when you age. But when should you start taking collagen supplements?
You can start taking a supplement in your 20’s to get a head start. Just remember that it’s never too early or too late to start taking a collagen supplement. It will help to slow down the signs of aging and start restoring aging skin due to a decline in collagen.
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4. Estrogen and skin. An overview, 2001;2(3):143-50