The Hidden Power of Marine Collagen: Part Four – Stressed?
Have you ever wondered why your skin seems to break out when you’re stressed? Well, in short, it’s because there really is a biological correlation between psychological stress and skin health. Research has shown that our skin is both “an immediate stress perceiver and […] a target of stress responses”. Under a stressful situation, our body’s fight or flight response is triggered, which diverts blood flow towards vital organs such as the heart, brain, and lungs. This also means that all that nutrient-rich blood is diverted away from the skin, which inhibits the body’s ability to produce collagen and leads to our skin looking dull and more aged.
How can collagen help reserve the effects of stress on the skin?
Prolonged periods of emotional or physical stress, may also lead to inflammation and oxidative stress in the body, which further depletes natural collagen reserves in the skin and can provoke an array of skin issues such as acne, chronic irritation, fine lines, and wrinkles.
According to Shawn M. Talbott, PhD, a nutritional biochemist and author of Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection the primary stress hormone responsible for ageing is Cortisol. To combat its effects, Talbott suggests incorporating regular rhythmic exercise such as yoga into our everyday routine, along with increasing our dietary consumption of antioxidants and essential fatty acids and reducing our dietary intake of trans fats and refined carbohydrates.
However, further research suggests that the most effective way to fight off the signs of stress-induced ageing is by regulating our body’s collagen production through the use of collagen supplements. In an article medically reviewed by Marvin Singh, MD, Gretchen Lidicker explains how the use of collagen peptides are able to support skin elasticity and dermal collagen density by promoting our body’s natural collagen production and other skin-boosting molecules such as elastin and fibrillin.
What ingredients should I look for in my collagen product?
BeBamBu’s three blends (Healthy, Happy, Strong) pack also contains another powerhouse of skin health – Vitamin C. A newly-minted beauty essential, Vitamin C also combats free radicals, promotes the skin’s regenerative properties, and repairs damaged skin cells. This, in combination with hydrolysed collagen, produces a strong antioxidant to help reverse the adverse effects of stress on the skin while maintaining and stabilising the production of collagen within the body.
So, if you’ve found your skin to be particularly stress-ravaged as of late, it might be time to give BeBamBu’s premium-grade marine collagen a try! We offer 100% naturally-sourced ingredients, wild-caught and specially designed for better absorption and bioavailability to help restore your skin’s natural vibrance and give you one less thing to stress over.
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