The new buzzword in the beauty and skincare industry is collagen. I’m sure you’ve heard of it and its amazing anti-aging claims. But with so much hype around this ingredient it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve got you covered with all you need to know about collagen and some of our favourite collagen products you should be using.
What Is Collagen
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein found in our bodies that gives our skin strength and elasticity, keeping it plump and taut. But as we age, our collagen levels begin to decline which is why people are using collagen products to give a helping hand when it comes to maintaining healthy and supple skin and preventing fine lines and loose skin.
There are many benefits associated with taking collagen products, most obviously its ability to encourage skin elasticity which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and its hydrating properties to reduce skin dryness. Collagen can also strengthen your bones, relieve joint pain and improve overall skin health.
If you are worried about depleting collagen in your body, there are a few activities you should avoid that actually speed up this depletion. Eating too much sugar and refined carbs interferes with collagen’s ability to repair itself. Smoking reduces collagen production and the UV light from too much sunshine also reduces its production.
How To Use Collagen
There are countless ways for you to incorporate collagen into your life, some of which you can find naturally occurring in food sources. Most commonly it is found in animal products such as gelatine, chicken skin, pork skin and bone broth. The BROTH & CO Immunity Beef Bone Broth is a great powder which you can use as a soup base, to braise vegetables and add to stir fries, casseroles and gravies.
For those who can't or simply don’t want to eat animal products, another way to consume collagen is through ingestible supplements like a collagen powder, elixir or tablet. Not only can they help boost your body’s natural production of collagen but also slow down your collagen loss. When you take a collagen supplement, you are receiving the benefits of even more skin loving ingredients such as vitamin C. Alongside improving skin health and elasticity, these supplements can also support hair, nails, joint and digestive health.
Collagen supplements are extremely easy to integrate into your lifestyle. It’s as simple as taking a tablet every day, or in the case of a powder and/or elixir, it can be mixed into smoothies, juices and even water!
Here are some of our recommendations for collagen supplements.
Try our best-selling Collagen Beauty from Nutra Organics. This flavourless powder will help you glow from the inside out!
If you’re looking for a conscious collagen option, the Wanderlust Collagen Booster is the product for you. Derived from various superfruits, its delicious flavour won’t make this supplement a chore.
The Beauty Shake is a premium edible marine collagen designed to nourish your skin, hair, nails, and joints. And don’t worry, it contains no artificial colours, flavours, additives, or preservatives.
The Nature's Way Beauty Collagen Tablets have a high strength formula that has been shown to help rebuild your skin's natural collagen levels and help smooth skin and wrinkles.
Looking for a collagen supplement that will improve your skin elasticity and has a delicious chocolate flavour? You should try Inner Bliss’s Chocolate Collagen Pea Protein.