Every other day there seems to be a breakthrough in the beauty industry, uncovering the secret to eternal beauty and youth. These discoveries range from the simplest of claims to the most outrageous of treatments (leech facials anyone?!). Whilst it’s always wise to take these ‘revolutionary’ discoveries with a grain of salt, there are some research-backed ingredients and treatments that are worthy of your time and attention – namely the noticeable positive effects of daily collagen supplements.
You’ve likely heard a little about collagen before, however you probably weren’t aware of just how much of an impact it has on your skin health – particularly as you age. Collagen is one of the key building blocks of you body, making up approximately 30 per cent of your entire body protein and a whopping 75 per cent of your skin.
It not only impacts the appearance and health of your skin, supporting elasticity, suppleness and firmness, but also your hair and nails, keeping them strong and shiny. As our bodies age natural collagen production starts to deplete, the result of which is a declining appearance in all of the areas that collagen is so vital in maintaining.
Natural collagen production begins it’s steady decline in the mid-20s…
Whilst there are a plethora of topical creams and serums that contain collagen and retinol (which boosts collagen), they aren’t nearly as effective as an ingested supplement. With the undeniable surge in the use of supplements over the past few years we’ve seen an expansion from the regular dietary supplements into formulations firmly planted in the aesthetics territory that actively repair from the inside out. Collagen supplements are perfect examples of this, addressing deficiencies that can be physically seen in our appearance. They assist in preventing and slowing future collagen loss – and the good news is today the range of choices is more abundant than ever.
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Narrowing down your choices…
Collagen supplements are available in pill, powder and drink formulations, which means you can easily find one to suit your preferences. There are however, a plethora of products on offer for you to choose from. To save you from having to trawl the market yourself, we’re sharing with you our top three recommendations.
As you may already be aware, at ACC we love ProPlenish Marine Collagen, a powder form that contains collagen and 9 beneficial vitamins, minerals and botanicals that assist in optimal absorption. The virtually tasteless powder, which has no added artificial nasties, can be blended into juices and smoothies for a delicious drink with an ongoing impact, giving your skin a much-appreciated boost.
Unsurprisingly, The Beauty Chef – the brand that arguably kick-started the current fascination into beauty-boosting pills, powders and elixir’s – have a highly effective collagen boosting supplement in their repertoire. Collagen Inner Beauty Boost is a bio-fermented probiotic elixir, that has been scientifically formulated to help increase collagen production, support healthy skin structure and cultivate a smoother complexion. Containing certified organic maqui berry, acai, papaya, blueberry, goji berry and pomegranate powders alongside grape seed extract, zinc and vitamin C, you know it’ll equally satisfy your skin and taste buds when included in smoothies and desserts.
Often you don’t have the time to whip up a smoothie or meal to incorporate a collagen supplement into, and for those that identify with this, Dirty Lemon’s +Collagen Beauty Elixir is exactly what you need. This drink, formulated with Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen Peptides, lemon juice, water and additional vitamins and minerals, is a great grab and go option. The liquid formulation mean that 90 per cent of the marine collagen is absorbed into your bloodstream almost immediately. Easy and efficient, this is a godsend for the time poor.
With the research done for you and your choices laid out to bare there’s nothing stopping you from including a collagen supplement that’ll pack a punch into your daily routine. Remember, in order to support your skin-loving efforts it’s important to always ensure that you apply broad-spectrum SPF daily and enjoy a healthy, protein and anti-oxidant rich diet to protect your collagen stores now and into the future.
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