Collagen makes up one-third of all protein found in the human body and is a major building block of hair, skin, and nails. As we age, our collagen production decreases and can become depleted from diet, stress, and normal wear and tear. This is why it’s no secret that as we age, our skin gets dull and more wrinkled. But don’t worry, that only causes more stress and wrinkles! Collagen is the solution since it helps firm and plump up the skin to keep it looking younger.
Collagen has been studied for centuries by scientists and beauty therapists looking for ways to improve the skin and slow aging. Studies have shown that using collagen may slow signs of aging by keeping the skin hydrated. Keeping the skin hydrated also helps to prevent more wrinkles.
Collagen peptide powder is typically made from bovine (beef) or porcine (pork) sources. We choose to source our collagen from grassfed and pasture-raised beef. We use collagen in some of our formulas including a few shampoo soaps, face masks, and other hair care products.
Hydrolyzed collagen (HC) is a water-soluble mixture of small peptides obtained from through the hydrolysis of collagen. These peptides are rich in the amino acids found in collagen. Our hydrolyzed collagen is derived from marine proteins. Recent research has shown good properties of HC found in skin, scales, and bones of marine sources, such as fish, and invertebrates such as shellfish, jellyfish or sponges. No allergens are left in the final product.
When used in hair preparations, hydrolyzed collagen enhances the appearance and feel of hair by increasing hair body, suppleness or sheen. It can improve the texture of hair that has been damaged physically or by excessive treatment. Hydrolyzed collagen used in skin care products enhances the appearance of dry damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness.
Hydrolyzed collagen is generally absorbed on hair, increasing tensile strength and elongation. It is also used in soaps to impart a soft texture to skin. It is generally referred to as enzymatically collagen.
We use grass-fed pasture-raised bovine collagen peptides or hydrolyzed marine collagen in some form in a few of our shampoo soaps, milk lotions, tallow butters, and haircare products. Some of our ingredients naturally contain high amounts of collagen such as egg yolks.