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Do Collagen Supplements Really Work?

The use of collagen supplements is all the buzz on the Internet these days. In powders, pills and creams, this supplement is credited with making your skin appear younger-looking, strengthening your hair and nails, and eliminating joint pain. But is it really the key to the fountain of youth?

There are people who say it is, and people who say it isn’t, so Pure Vive Med Spa wants to weigh-in, and offer some alternatives that can produce the same results. First, let’s start with a little background on the supplement.

What is Collagen?

Collagen is a structural protein that connects all parts of our body – think ligaments, muscles, tendons, bones and skin. It makes up 80 percent of our skin and works with other proteins to keep our skin elastic.

Collagen in our bodies naturally diminishes as we age, especially with the help of sun exposure, pollution, a high-sugar diet and/or cigarette smoke. We essentially lose it faster than we can replenish it.

Do Collagen Supplements Work?

The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology showed in a double-blind placebo controlled study, that it is possible these benefits can be obtained, but it all depends on the method they’re ingested.

Edible collagen supplements – the ones that come in powders, waters and pills – run their course through the digestive system and end up as waste. Other studies mention concerns about the artificial ingredients the collagen supplements contain.

Our Recommendation

Pure Vive Med Spa, under the direction of Lindsey Carter, board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, proposes that instead of using edible supplements, you can increase your own collagen supply the natural way.

Here are a few ways to do it:

● Eat a wide range of foods containing amino acids, such as beef, chicken, fish and eggs

● Eat more vegetables

● Avoid sugar

● Drink more water

● Spend time outside (but use sunscreen)

● Exercise

● Add a supplement such as ShieldUp, which supports healthy immune response and promotes maximum defense levels

Most importantly, consume Vitamin C – It’s the nutrient required during the pre-collagen production phase and can help repair the body and regenerative tissue. Pure Vive Med Spa’s 10% Vitamin C Self-Activating cream promotes an even skin tone and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

You can also improve the look and elasticity of your skin with IV Hydration. At Pure Vive Med Spa, we offer both a fluid and blends therapy that is designed to rehydrate, replenish fluids, and promote skin health, immunity and recovery.

If you are interested in improving the health of your skin and helping it look young and vibrant, Pure Vive Med Spa has what you need! From reputable products to comprehensive services, we can keep you looking young and feeling your best from head to toe! Visit our website to learn more or book an appointment with us! For tips and our latest updates, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

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