If you are entering perimenopause or have transitioned to menopause, you may have noticed that your skin doesn’t look as smooth as it did just a few years ago. Wrinkles and veins may seem more prominent, and scratches may take longer to heal. These are natural parts of the aging process for everyone. If you are experiencing aging skin along with other menopause-related symptoms, you may be drawn to try wrinkle creams and other commonly available products that promise to improve skin appearance. Two ingredients often found in anti-aging products are vitamin C serums and collagen. How well do they work?
Studies suggest that both collagen and vitamin C may have anti-aging skincare benefits. They also may work together to lessen symptoms of menopause, speed wound healing and support weight loss. Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids that provides support to connective tissues in the body including skin, ligaments and bones. Collagen production requires vitamin C. Because humans cannot create vitamin C naturally, we must get it through diet, supplements or topical skincare products.
Collagen for menopause and anti-aging skincare
Dietary collagen is often sold in powder form and can be added to food or drinks. Collagen is often an additional ingredient in skincare products.
Consuming dietary collagen can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and lessen skin dryness. Topically applied skincare products with added collagen can also improve skin elasticity and firmness. Taking collagen supplements may also help you feel fuller, making it a potential weight loss tool alongside proper diet and exercise.
Users of both topical and dietary collagen report few side effects, making them safe for most people. Results are typical after four weeks of continuous use, become more visible at eight weeks and may continue after 12 weeks.
Vitamin C for menopause and skin health
Topical forms of vitamin C include serums and creams. Vitamin C helps the body maintain collagen, retain moisture and reduce hyperpigmentation. This helps skin appear firmer and brighter when used over time. Vitamin C may also increase the benefits of a moisturizer. Vitamin C has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good option for those with sensitive skin.
Some research indicates vitamin C supplements may improve cognitive functioning, although more research.
Talk to your dermatologist about vitamin C and collagen for menopause and anti-aging.
Ask your primary care provider or dermatologist which forms of collagen or vitamin C are most likely to prove beneficial for your healthcare needs.
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