Our bone act as scaffoldings propping your skin up. While collagen keeps your skin taut, your bone moulds the shape of your skin. Without a solid skeletal skull structure, your skin will not have anything to wrap itself around in.
“Collagen” is a term derived from the Greek word “kolla” meaning glue, which is apt considering it holds our body together. It is a hard, insoluble, and fibrous protein that makes up to about 30% of the human body’s protein content. It is crucial in the replacement and restoration of dead skin cells. It is also part of our bone matrix responsible for skeletal strength and flexible framework.
Collagen cells grow in the dermis layer of the skin but as we age, our body stops producing this protein. This results in sagging and loose skin.
How are collagen and bone related to your beauty?
Although the media and beauty industry are consistently focused on the important role that collagen plays in keeping our youth, what is often forgotten is the role that our bones play in helping us look youthful. Without a solid skeletal skull structure, your skin will not have anything to wrap itself around in. Bones act as scaffoldings propping your skin up. While collagen keeps your skin taut, your bone moulds the shape of your skin.
But as your bones lose volume (commonly known as bone resorption) and amount of collagen decreases, your skin will begin to sag, revealing your true age or making you look older even. Wrinkles and sagginess will occur, although these are not the only features that will make us look older.
Bone changes in our face are also responsible for the aged appearance, as collagen and bone structure are closely linked both biologically and mechanically.
Sugar, salt, and all the stuff that deplete your bones
Sugar – Sugar and simple carbohydrates, primarily from refined grains, weaken collagen. Sucrose causes an increase in urinary calcium excretion and cortisol, the stress hormones, which lead to poor bone health. What’s more, sugar also promotes the formation of Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products, which weakens collagen.
Salt – Sodium is acidic and can cause calcium loss through urine, which will lead to the weakening of the bones.
Dehydration – Your body needs water for hydration and your bones need water to remodel healthily. Upon dehydration, cortisol level increases and bone loss increases.
Age – Bone density decreases with time. By exercising such as walking and light weight lifting, our bone can thicken and improve bone density.
Low estrogen and testosterone – Estrogen helps build bone and a decrease in this hormone can increase the risk of low bone density. Men with low testosterone are also at risk.
Insufficient Calcium – Unlike collagen, our body needs calcium but is unable to produce it. We get calcium from food such as dairy, greens, fortified tofu, and sardines canned with their bones.
Inadequate Vitamin D – To absorb calcium in the body, vitamin D is required. This vitamin is obtained from sunlight and foods such as egg yolks, fatty fish, cereals, dairy, soy, and orange juice. You can eat vitamin D supplements as well.
As much as collagen is essential in helping us look young and healthy, our bones are equally important as well. So taking care of yourself starts from the inside, and you’ll truly look beautiful on the outside.