When it comes to anti ageing the one ingredient that deserves the title elixir of youth is collagen.  This precious protein found in muscles bones and tendons is also the basic building block of the skin, forming mesh-like bonds to hold it firm, making the skin plumper, younger, and more radiant.

When we are young, skin is made up of around 80 per cent collagen. But as we age, our supplies drastically dwindle. After 25, we start losing collagen at the rate of about one per cent a year and by the time we get to 40, we’ve lost a third of our collagen and what is left isn’t quite as good quality as it used to be. Smoking, pollution, sun damage and other forms of free radicals, as well as a diet overloaded with sugar, will also affect and deplete our stores.

Like most anti ageing experts, we’ve always been sceptical about replenishing collagen with supplements. It is an incredibly complicated protein and its absorption in the body is an even more intricate process Most ‘artificial’ collagen for instance is broken down by the body before it has a chance to enter the bloodstream and work its magic on the skin

Collagen applied directly to the skin doesn’t work either because it cannot penetrate through the skin’s barrier, which a product must do in order to be effective

But knowing that collagen is the holy grail of anti ageing, researchers have been busy focusing on working from the inside out with the theory that consuming collagen can make a difference as long as it is better absorbed by the body. The result is a myriad of new collagen drinks and pills  – claiming   to boost collagen in the skin’s deeper layers by tricking the body into producing new collagen or by boosting collagen production because of their formulas and ingredients.  The result   fewer wrinkles, thicker plumper skin – and not just on your face. So the million dollar question – how do you know which collagen supplement will work. Our advice is to choose a high quality one backed by scientific evidence.  Look for one that contains collagen-building ingredients such as amino acids e and Vitamin C or one containing hydrolysed collagen which can be rapidly absorbed by the intestinal tract before it is broken down. In addition, eating foods that are known to support collagen production combined with collagen stimulating procedures at the clinic will also boost results. But don’t expect younger skin overnight. It takes anything from a month to three months to see the effects depending on health, age of skin and what products and treatments you are using. Remember too that once you stop using a collagen-supporting product your skin may revert if you don’t maintain results And no matter what products you use the only way to prevent future sun damage and collagen loss is to wear sunblock every single day. Aim for SPF 30 and ensure it has UVA and UVB protection. Below are some latest collagen super supplements along with our recommended treatments at the clinic


*Aneva Derma £110 (30 day’s supply) anevaderma.co.uk

A collagen drink, backed by scientific research and contains patented ingredients, including bovine collagen and vitamin C to boost skin hydration and rejuvenation.

How It works Basically, after the body breaks down the

collagen molecule, tiny fragments are absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed through the body, including the skin, where they remain for two weeks.  The body, however, thinks these tiny fragments are a result of collagen breakdown so kicks starts a repair process, stimulating fibroblasts to produce more collagen

Must be taken at night as a cool drink.

Recommended initial course 90 days.

Clinical trials showed 95 per cent absorption rates with visible improved hydration, skin texture and volume in six to nine weeks.

*IOMA Paris Collagen Renew £89 (one box 105 tablets/a month’s supply boots.com)

Collagen supplement created after ten years of research, including five years of clinical testing performed on over 500 women by ioma research teams in conjunction with Unilever

How it works Contains a unique mix of ingredients to kick start collagen production including vitamin E, vitamin C and Omega 3

Three capsules to be taken daily, am or pm, preferably after food.

Recommended initial course 14 weeks to guarantee effectiveness.

Research results showed a 25 per cent reduction in lines and wrinkles, along with softer and smoother skin.

*Pureologicol Collagen Peptide Skin Supplement £39 (90 tablets/one month’s supply) www.purelogicol.com

Collagen capsules backed by clinical trials.

Contains high quality collage and amino acids.

Three tablets to be taken, before bedtime, but safe to increase to up to six tablets daily.

How it works Collagen peptides are broken down by the body into small collagen peptides – around 15 per cent absorb in their intact form the rest are broken down into amino acids which assist in collagen production The absorbable collagen peptides stimulate fibroblast  to produce collageb

Recommended 3 month initial course for optimum results   but results see after 4 to six weeks- to maintain results continue at the same dosage

Clinical results showed a thicker, less wrinkled skin 43.3   per cent reduction in wrinkle width and 25.8 per cent increase in moisturisation

*The Perfect Range Pure-Col Collagen Bioactive Matrix Supplement  £29.95 90 tablets /one month’s supply or £70 for 3 monthswww.lookandhealth.com

Collagen capsules, endorsed by many athletes- manufactures have been working with collagen for over 20 years

Contains 100 per cent pure collagen

How it works  Ues an amino locked procedure to ensure maximum absorption in the body

Recommended 3 to 6 month course to see results including healthier joints and plumper smoother skin

*Skinade £90 for 30 x 150ml  bottles one month’s supply www.skinade.com

Skincare drink which contains collagen, backed by two 12 week studies

Contains 7000 mg freshwater hydrolysed fish collagen plus  calcium , vitamin C  and amino acids.

How it works Taking hydrolysed collagen in liquid form increases collagen absorption significantly –

Recommended  three month course , claims  you will see a difference within a month.

Based on two studies, results showed a  wrinkle smoothing effect and improved skin hydration and suppleness .



For a double pronged attack, as well as taking supplements    boost collagen production using a combination of laser, collagen stimulating injectables and micro-needling which strategically wounds the skin to kick-start the repair However, if you are over 50 and producing less collagen it may take longer and more treatments to see results but quality of skin and lifestyle is more important than age. Do have a professional consultation as they can come with a bespoke range of treatments for your particular skin type. Also remember that collagen loss affects the body as well as the face. Try


*Ellanse to come a new volumising injectable which stimulates the growth of new collagen. You’ll see an immediate plumping effect but best results after six weeks results lasting up to five years From £450  0207 436 4441

*Microneedling – A peptide solution is massaged on the skin and then a Dermaroller, a barrel-like hand roller with hundreds of very fine needles, thinner than your own hair, is rolled over to spike the skin, leaving pin point punctures– this is perceived by the body as damage which activates a wound heal response to boost collagen levels and thicken skin. A course of three to four weekly treatments may be required and you should see results within six weeks from £250 per treatment. An at home kit available to prolong results, the roller with much finer needles costs £50 and the serum £75 0207 436 4441




Food is a great way to boost collagen naturally in the skin

Collagen is made from amino acids that are found in protein-rich food such as eggs, meat, fish, nuts and seeds. Fish like tuna and salmon are also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which help create stronger cells. Red vegetables will pump up sun protection, dark green vegetables will boost collagen production and orange ones likes carrrots and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A to help restore and regenerate damaged collagen. Iron and manganese also strengthen collagen. Vitamin C is also essential for the synthesis of collagen and is a powerful antioxidant while purple foods that contain anthcyanins – blueberries, blackcurrants and prunes, for example – support collagen production. Dark green vegetables such as spinach, kale and asparagus also help strengthen the body’s ability to manufacture collagen.


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