What Is Collagen?


Collagen is the main structural protein in the extracellular matrix found in the body’s various connective tissue, being cartilage, bones, tendons, ligaments and skin. As the main component of connective tissue, it is the most abundant protein in our bodies and makes up 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content.

Collagen is made up of amino acids bound tightly together to form a triple helix of elongated fibril known as a collagen helix.

Collagen is also abundant in corneasblood vessels, the gutintervertebral discs, teeth, and muscle tissue, and serves as a major component of the endomysium.

Collagen constitutes one to two percent of muscle tissue and accounts for 6% of the weight of strong, tendinous muscles. 

The fibroblast is the most common cell that creates collagen.

Over 90% of the collagen in the human body is type I collagen. 28 types of human collagen have been identified, described, and divided into several groups according to the structure they form.

All of the types contain at least one triple helix

The five most common types of Collagen are:

-Type 1: skin, tendon, vasculature, organs, bone (the main component of the organic part of the bone)
-Type 2: cartilage (a main collagenous component of cartilage)
-Type 3: reticulate (the main component of reticular fibers), commonly found alongside type I
-Type 4: forms basal lamina, the epithelium-secreted layer of the basement membrane
-Type 5: cell surfaces, hair, and placenta

Type 1 Collagen is found in skin, tendon, vasculature, organs, and bone (the main component of the organic part of the bone) / It assembles into fibers that form the structural and mechanical scaffold (matrix) of bone, skin, tendons, cornea, blood vessel walls, and other connective tissues.
This is the type of collagen you want to ingest in order to minimize fine lines, and wrinkles and improve skin elasticity and hydration. Not only does it help rebuild your muscles, eyes, bones, and spine, but it’s also good for strengthening your nails and helping you grow stronger, thicker hair.

Type 2 Collagen is often found alongside Type I. It makes up of muscles, organs, arteries, and some connective tissues in the liver, spleen, blood vessels, and internal organs, including the uterus.

So, to help create and maintain thick, strong, and healthy skin as well as strong healthy muscle tissue for our skin to sit upon we need to focus on Collagen types 1 and 2.

Look for Hydrolysed Collagen powders.

It’s important to look for ‘hydrolyzed‘ collagen – it’s a process whereby collagen is broken down into small peptide chains that make it easier for your body to use and makes the supplement more effective. Hydrolyzed collagen is thought to be the only kind of collagen that can impact the skin positively and it’s what clinical trials and data support.

Watch this video of Fiona Tuck, (the creator of Vita Sole supplements and Collagen-Boost Marine Collagen Powder) talking about why it is imperative that collagen powders be Hydrolysed.

I became interested in Vita-sol products due to Nancy Abdou founder, CEO & head trainer at The Australian Dermal & Laser Institute (TADLI) recommended these products and learned how respected the creator Fiona Tuck, (known as The Forensic Nutritionist)  is within the beauty industry.

Vitamin C is needed for the synthesis and maintenance of collagen.

It helps to produce collagen, as it has an active role in collagen synthesis. It also acts as a sort of glue that binds collagen fibers together. Vitamin C also helps in the process of regenerating vitamin E. Vitamin C is important for immune support, skin health, and the growth and repair of body tissues.

Ascorbic acid is the pure form of vitamin C, and as the name suggests, it’s acidic. Vitamin C is generally well tolerated. For some people though, the pure ascorbic acid form may be too acidic and cause some irritation in the digestive system. An upset stomach or diarrhea may result. If this is the case, then a non‐acidic form of vitamin C could be a suitable alternative.

When ascorbic acid is bound with a mineral such as calcium or sodium, it becomes buffered and this changes it to a non-acidic form of vitamin C.

Buffered forms of vitamin C are gentle on the stomach, but you still get all the regular benefits of Vitamin C. So, if you have stomach sensitivities you may want to choose a collagen supplement that contains Ascorbate calcium in place of Ascorbic acid 

Comparison of Ascorbate calcium and Ascorbic acid: 

-Supplements consisting of ascorbic acid contain 100 percent vitamin C. Calcium ascorbate, on the other hand, is a combination of calcium and ascorbic acid, so it provides about 890 to 910 milligrams of vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid per 1,000-milligram supplement, with the remaining 90 to 110 milligrams coming from calcium.

-Ascorbic acid supplements are absorbed just as well as the ascorbic acid that is naturally present in foods, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. Both the calcium and the vitamin C from calcium ascorbate are well absorbed. A popular vitamin C supplement containing calcium ascorbate and small amounts of other forms of vitamin C claims it is better absorbed than supplements containing just ascorbic acid, but the evidence for this is conflicting.

Side Effects to Consider:

If regular ascorbic acid supplements cause you to experience side effects, such as diarrhea, upset stomach, or heartburn, calcium ascorbate may be a better option because the calcium helps buffer the acid. There isn’t, however, strong evidence one way or the other that this reduces side effects.

If you choose calcium ascorbate supplements, make sure they don’t push your calcium intake over the tolerable upper intake level of 2,500 milligrams per day when you take into account the other foods and supplements you’re consuming.

Don’t consume more than the tolerable upper intake level of 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C per day unless advised to do so by your doctor. This could cause adverse effects, including stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and a reduction in the absorption of copper and vitamin B-12. If you have hemochromatosis, it could also make your condition worse because vitamin C increases iron absorption.

High intakes of vitamin C may increase blood sugar levels and heart disease risk for diabetics, and vitamin C may also interact with NSAIDs, antacids, blood thinners, the antibiotic tetracycline, chemotherapy medications, and protease inhibitors.


Do you need Hyaluronic acid within a Collagen Powder or supplement?

Hyaluronic acid is an important compound for collagen in the skin. It is found in foods rich in amino acids, such as beans, root vegetables, and soy. Adding hyaluronic acid to the diet through food can easily help to boost collagen levels. Hyaluronic acid is also available as a supplement.

So yes, if you can find a quality Collagen powder or supplement that contains Hyaluronic acid then great, if not make sure your supplement contains vitamin C (that’s a deal-breaker) and make sure to stay well hydrated, drinking 2 liters of water per day. Even if your Collagen supplement contains Hyaluronic acid you should work to drink 2 liters of water per day to maintain good overall health within all your body’s systems, keep the 3 pm dreaded brain fog at bay, and feel your very best.

I was NEVER a fan of collagen supplements until COVID-19 hit Perth in 2021 and I was separated from my clients for 3 months. When I was able to see my BeautyCats again two of them who had been taking collagen powders looked amazing, and we found it far easier to build on their treatment results due to them taking the supplement. I have listed the supplements these clients used below, as well as another brand I personally like. 

Let me make it very clear that these results were gained before a collagen supplement was used. Now, Jane, the client shown in the pictures above looks even better and enjoys ongoing results there are easier to build on due to taking a Collagen supplement.

Jane Albrecht is a friend and long-term client. She was one of the two clients who after taking a collagen powder whilst in lockdown due to COVID-19 for 3 months came out of it looking even better, and from that time onwards I have noticed it is a LOT easier to build on her results due to the supplement she is taking regularly supporting her body in creating new collagen and elastin.​ ​

Bulknutrients.com is where Jane sourced her supplement powder from.

Watch this video of Jane talking about her experience of my service and the benefits gained from taking a collagen supplement. 


Peta Eliot is another friend and long-term client who, for the moment has left my services, as shown in the pictures shared above enjoying her 60th birthday.

Being a Pilates and Fitness instructor Peta is an incredibly inspiring mature age woman who shows us all that age is nothing but a number! You can find out more about Petas amazing fitness classes by checking out her Facebook page: Peta’s Studio.​ ​

Peta was the second client I mentioned above about seeing incredible results from using a collagen powder over the 3-month COVID-19 Shutdown in Perth in 2021.

The brand of collagen powder Peta uses is Nutra Organics.

Products On Jessicat’s Radar Right Now!!

I am lucky enough to have my clients help me in my research and at the moment one of my clients is trialing the Pure Marine Collagen and Purity Wholefood powders from Vita-sol Australia.
In September 2022 one of our lovely BeautyCats has started trialing #1 GLOW YOUTH ELIXIR // PREVENTATIVE MARINE COLLAGEN.
We had not seen the results we had wanted after he rising the Vita Sole Marine Collagen powder, unfortunately, so we changed gears and we hope this product is more compatible with her body and individual needs.
This client has very problematic skin which struggles to respond to treatments due to it being genetically predisposed to premature ageing. I look forward to sharing more info on how our girl finds these products and the overall effects they have on her skin and gut health.

When you’re Vegan, it is harder to find supplements that work to support Collagen production, but they are out there!

Flexibility Minerals powder contains a nutritionally dense, vegan-friendly formula. Its multi-action formula works to support healthy hair, skin, and nail growth by delivering minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants into the body in order to give your body the building blocks it needs in order to create new collagen and elastin. 
This delicious, (seriously, it’s YUMMY! I enjoy it in a cup of warm soy milk) mild vanilla chai blend can be added to water, milk, smoothies, or added to food ingredients.
Other Vegan collagen supplements that look to be of good quality, (I have not personally tried them or know of anyone who has) can be easily found with a little searching on the internet such as Nutraviva Vegan Collagen Alternative and Nature’s Help – Plant-Based Collagen supplements.
Are you going through Menopause? I am, and I am looking into the Mister Jones Health supplement range due to hearing great things from my clients. This range of supplements is the go-to supplement I recommend to my clients to help improve sleep and energy throughout the day. I am currently working my way through my second batch of Sleep Tight and Rise + Shine supplements, and I look forward to sharing more info with you soon about my experience.

  I love using Flexibility Minerals powder to help support healthy collagen and elastin growth within my body and so far am loving the Sleep Tight and Rise + Shine supplements to keep me functioning optimally day-to-day and getting a good quality night’s sleep. Whilst I am in the throes of menopause at the ripe old age of 43 I feel day today I do not suffer many of the symptoms other women do due to the high starch, the low-fat vegan diet I follow. I do however work insane hours and do not sleep as much as I should and feel it is important for me to use a quality collagen powder, and Mister Jones supplements to help me perform at my very best whilst pushing my mind and body to their limits due to the lifestyle I choose to live.

Check out the Mister Jones website for more info.


The formula that rules my life!

I want to get the crux of the issue, solve it to the highest degree possible and move on!! From time to time I will come back and assess, but I have no interest in fussing about details that stop me from addressing issues head-on and moving on with my day-to-day life. Here I am thinking of topical skincare products and a world of advertising things we simply do NOT  need!

-Anyone who regularly reads the info on my Facebook page, and, or, comes to me for regular treatments knows I am always looking to peel back the layers of any subject and get to the bare necessities. 
-I believe only by doing that are we able to spend our money wisely and actually target issues that will help us to ultimately attain our goal, whatever it may be.
-When it came to me finding the technologies I now use to provide treatments to my clients and meet my own beauty needs, I had to first search for the right questions to ask, and this took many, many, many years for me to figure out, and a LOT of money!!
-The question was, why does our appearance change as we mature?
-The answer was, due to thinning skin, depleting bone, gum, fat, and muscle mass.
-Then I understood what the next question was.
-What causes this change?
-What happens in the body’s cells to stop the body from repairing and rebuilding the way it once did?
-The human body is the ultimate repairing and rebuilding machine, as you will well know when suffering from a cut, bruise, or even a broken bone or torn muscle or tendon.
-By looking at what changes occur on a cellular level in the body as we mature, I learned about Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). 
-ATP is referred to by biologists as the energy of life, and it is the very energy currency that fuels every cell in your body.
-Over time the body created less ATP which means your cells have less energy to do what they need to do. 
-So, thinking of the skin cells now, we understand they have less and less energy over time to create collagen and elastin.
-This made me look for ways to substantially raise ATP within the skin cells. 
-Using a quality Microcurrent skin device works to raise ATP by up to 500% in just 3-6 minutes, which is why all of my clients use a Microcurrent device daily, morning and night is even better over the top of quality Hyaluronic acid-based serum or gel, (the cells need hydration to create collagen and elastin). 
-Red LED Light raises ATP by up to 47% and does a whole lot of other incredible things for your body’s cellular functionality, which is why my clients use Red LED Light therapy every day, or every 2-3 days ongoing.
-When you compare the effects of a topical compound such as a Vitamin C serum or cream and the way that compound raises ATP in comparison to Microcurrent and Red LED Light therapy you learn it is like a drop in the ocean when compared to the way those technologies are able to affect ATP production, but of course, these products have their place, especially with skin types that suffer from pigmentation issues such as Melasma.
-I work to minimize my client’s need for topical skin care products due to their being able to hydrate and protect the skin, perhaps even help a little with resurfacing (such as CeraVe Smoothing moisturizer and cleanser), HOWEVER keeping ourselves looking timelessly youthful as we mature is an expensive business, and I prefer my clients channel their time and resources into using at home technologies and enjoying in-clinic treatments that utilize state of the art technology that triggers the skin and muscles into repairing and rebuilding in a way that topical skincare products simply CAN NOT achieve. 
So, now that you see my thought process I recommend you apply it to looking for the right Collagen Supplement. 
-First off, how is your gut health?
-Any supplement you take and the overall health of your body all start with your gut health.
-If you can absorb nutrients you put into your tummy, how can you expect to benefit from a product like a Collagen Supplement?
-Taking a Collagin Supplement should be considered only after you have invested and are using Microcurrent and LED Light therapy regularly within your at-home skincare routine.
-Because whilst we all should be thinking healthy in, healthy out, and making sure our diet, sleep, and exercise routines are optimal, and taking care of gut health and then looking to create the skin from the outside in, on a day-to-day basis we need a solid skincare routine in order to hydrate the skin properly and protect it from the sun.
-The skin of our face, neck, chest, and even our hands is our front line when presenting ourselves to the world, so it’s best we focus on the correct day-to-day skincare routine which is, cleansing the skin hydrating it properly, and working to keep ATP levels high within the skin cells daily so the skin can function optionally, creating rich collagen and elastin growth.
-Then we should be having the right in-clinic treatments to boost collagen, elastin, and blood vessel growth within the skin in the most dramatic way possible, and look to support the skin properly by targeting the muscles of the face and neck and working to attain and maintain a lifted, toned, and sculpted support structure for the skin to sit upon.
And then the next step is looking within, to how you can support all the at-home and in-clinic treatment work you are doing, and that is to take a quality Collagen Supplement, and whilst doing this, work to create better gut health so that you can properly absorb the Collagen Supplement.
-You now know it needs to contain Vitamin C, but the right Vitamin C will not cause side effects such as tummy upsets. 
-You also know that if possible it is good for the supplement to contain Hyaluronic acid, but Vitamin C is more important due to that being a MORE necessary component to create Collagen.
-Finally, in order to know if a supplement is working for you, it needs to be taken for 3-6 months, and often it is only when we stop taking a supplement we notice the things it was doing for us.

The date is 26-01-2022 and this blog has been written at a break-neck speed in order to share some info with my clients, and anyone else who may be looking to start using a Collagen Supplement. I will be going back over this blog to edit and add more info when I can and have made sure to list websites below where I quickly sauced info that makes up the content of this blog. 

As mentioned above until a little while ago I did not believe in taking a Collagen Supplement, but, after seeing some amazing effects of my clients using collagen powders I have to say I now endorse using a quality Collagen Supplement that works well within your individual body. 

I have also been told by a local plastic surgeon I have been working to create a relationship with and trust the advice that he believed Collagen Supplements to be of benefit to creating thicker, healthier skin, as well as using any device that helped improve blood flow to the skin, such as regular at-home Microneedling and Red LED Light therapies.

I hope you have found this info helpful and it serves as a jumping-off point to your doing your own research and finding the right Collagen Supplement for your body. Jessicat Xxx