Vitamin C is currently incredibly popular in the beauty and skincare industries due to its anti-aging and skin protecting properties. It’s all fully justified, so much so that we use it as a supporting ingredient in several of our products here at Pura Collagen. Vitamin C and collagen go hand-in-hand thanks to their shared interest in collagen production. This is particularly the case when considering our glow+ product, in which the collagen included specifically targets the same areas as vitamin C; namely, the skin. In fact, vitamin C plays a huge role in collagen synthesis, which is the reason they work so well together. But what actually is this process, and how are these two compounds so intrinsically connected?
What is Collagen Synthesis
Collagen synthesis is the act of stimulating natural collagen production within the body. The first step is the creation of procollagen, which is a chain of amino acids. Next, the procollagen is bonded with two other procollagen chains to create a triple helix. The structure of this is then pushed out of the cell, leaving only the ‘true’ collagen molecules behind, which form collagen fibrils and eventually collagen fibres.
What Does Collagen Do?
In the case of glow+,
VERISOL® collagen focuses on the collagen in the skin, meaning the peptides will only stimulate fibroblasts in the epidermal layer. This means that all the collagen you take in glow+ goes exactly where you want it to: your skin, hair, and nails, all of which it strengthens and makes healthier with visible results. For a more detailed breakdown of what collagen does, have a look at our previous blog post, What is Collagen and How Does it Work?
What Does Vitamin C Do?
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid; its main role in the body is to maintain healthy skin, blood vessels and bones and cartilage. You’ll notice that this is very similar to the parts of the body that our glow+
collagen formula targets. You only need to take 40mg of vitamin C a day to keep a healthy amount in your body, and you can take up to 1,000mg a day before coming into any kind of risk factor. It’s also common in many fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruits, so it’s easy to get all the vitamin C you need from a healthy, balanced diet. Think about it: a lack of vitamin C is the main cause of scurvy, which is typically associated with a poor diet, and one of the main symptoms of which is scaly, dry skin.
How Do They Work Together?
Vitamin C with collagen is a match made in heaven. Not only is vitamin C’s main purpose to maintain healthy skin, blood, and bones, but it does so through and with collagen. It binds cells together during collagen formation, so is integral to the natural collagen synthesis process. Vitamin C contributes to our natural collagen production, specifically the kind of collagen that targets skin for more firm, youthful-looking skin, which is why it works so well as an additional ingredient to our glow+ formula. Together, collagen and vitamin C benefits most types of collagen production in the body. Whether you’re looking to take glow+
for skin, hair, and nails, flex+
for joints and flexibility, or protect
for your immune system and general health, all of these Pura Collagen products are supported by the wonder-vitamin that is vitamin C. To find the perfect blend of collagen and vitamin C for you, browse our full collection of collagen powders