Collagen supplements and their effect on skin is one of the most hotly debated topics in the beauty world. With a strong foothold not only in the skincare industry but also in the fascinating field of nutricosmetics, we take a look at the star protein on everyone’s lips.
What is collagen and do we need it as a supplement?
Collagen is a protein found naturally in our body (skin, nails, hair, cartilage). It helps maintain skin elasticity, keeping it looking healthy and firm. On the downside, collagen production slows as time passes, which is one of the reasons taking it in supplement form is so popular. Other factors that can accelerate decreasing collagen levels are sun exposure, smoking, alcohol consumption, lack of sleep, poor diet, etc.
Although taking supplements may seem like an easy fix, there is a lack of scientific evidence to back up the proof that they work. Furthermore, many of the existing studies were funded by the same companies that manufacture or sell collagen. While this is no reason to discredit the results, it is worth keeping in mind that these kinds of studies are often geared towards giving the answers the companies want to hear.
As one of the most studied molecules, it is well-known that collagen is used in your body for much more than just skin structure. This is why when taking collagen supplements, our body will break it down into amino acids and use them where it thinks they are most needed. Meaning that despite taking collagen supplements to give your skin a boost, you may not get the desired results.
What is the alternative to collagen supplements?
From a skincare point of view, our recommendations centre on two of our daily mantras – Wear an SPF religiously and use a serum packed full of antioxidants.
To spice up your routine and promote radiant skin, try the following formulas:
Artemisia Power Protection Moisturiser SPF50+: Enriched with artemisia extract, this 100% natural mineral-based moisturising SPF is your skin’s first line of defence against environmental pollution and harmful UV rays. It also contains buddleja extract, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants in the botanical world that helps neutralise free radicals generated by sun exposure and air pollution.
Ideal Moisture Level Serum: A light, silky serum that plumps and soothes skin. Powerhouse antioxidants protect your complexion and moisturising ingredients improve skin elasticity.
Intelligent Frontier Facial Oil: A lightweight face oil that not only hydrates and boosts radiance but also restores vitality and suppleness. Unsaponifiable oils fight against free radicals and help prevent premature ageing.
Nutritive Repair Emulsion: A luxurious moisturising cream which helps regenerate and strengthen your epidermal barrier thanks to its powerful combination of ingredients rich in unsaturated fatty acids, such as linoleic acid and phytosterols.
Something big is coming…
There is another skincare alternative that has us super excited here in the studio – Collagen formed from plant-based amino acids, one of the star ingredients in our coveted new product due to launch on November 20th, 2022.
The results from the studies have been jaw-dropping and although it is a relatively new active bio-compound, it has an enviable safety profile. Among its many skin benefits, the most notable is its ability to stimulate natural collagen production and strengthen the dermis and epidermis. It also improves the appearance of skin by smoothing fine lines and boosting radiance.
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