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Collagen Supplements: What to Expect, and Your Options

Categories : Wellness

Our skin is made up of 75% collagen, but after we turn 25 (yes, as early as 25!) our collagen synthesis starts slowing down. By the time we’re 40, our collagen levels may have dropped by as much as 30%. It’s a natural part of the ageing process.

How do collagen supplements work?

Collagen supplements can boost our collagen levels in two ways. First, it brings in that precious protein into our blood where it can nurture skin from within. Second, it stimulates the fibroblasts (our body’s own collagen factories) to become more active.

How effective are collagen supplements?

It’s a hotly debated topic. There are several studies where women who took collagen supplements for 4 to 6 weeks reported that their skin felt softer and less dry. And there are tons of testimonials – even by celebrities – who swear that it makes a difference. “My nails are stronger and there’s a healthier… how do you explain it? A glow. It’s sort of that working from the inside-out thing,” says Jennifer Aniston, who mixes Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides into her smoothies.

But you can’t say that the collagen supplements go straight to your skin. Once your body absorbs it, it can send it anywhere – bones, joints, muscle and organ tissue. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because collagen loss is one cause of joint pain and bone loss. However, you will need to take collagen supplements daily and for several weeks to see your skin improve.

 So what’s our verdict? Collagen supplements are not a magic potion, but they can be part of a holistic approach to anti-ageing. It can’t replace smart skincare habits like moisturizing, exfoliating and wearing sunscreen, but it feeds skin from within.

Are collagen supplements optional? Absolutely, but so are toners, essences and face masks – and we still use that! It’s a personal choice and depends on how much you personally think you need it.

Kinds of collagen supplements

Ready to try it? There are so many kinds of collagen supplements in Singapore – you’ll definitely find one that fits your budget and your skincare needs.

Collagen powders

Mix these into your water or juice, then drink them like your daily beauty potion. Some people prefer them to collagen drinks because they’re more convenient to store and you can adjust the taste to your preference. If you like it sweeter, just add sugar. If you want it bland, add more water. We recommend:

Shiseido The Collagen

The Japanese beauty brand is known for all the research it puts into its skincare, and its collagen supplements don’t disappoint. Aside from collagen peptides, it contains hyaluronic acid, royal jelly, ceramide, B vitamins and powerful fruit extracts.  If you’re on a diet, you’ll be happy to know that it’s sugar-free and is only 27 calories per serving!

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Ultimate Collagen  

One sachet has 5,000mg of collagen and other skin-boosting ingredients like antioxidants and carotenoid extracts. It also uses a special technology that produces collagen in very small (and very easily absorbed) molecules. Comes in two variants: Ultimate Collagen Plus for better skin, hair and nails and Ultimate Collagen Gold for joints, bones and skin.

Collagen Drinks

We like how we can put these in the fridge and drink them ice cold! No mixing and measuring required, which is great when you’re really sleepy or tired. And if you’re the type who loves sodas, consider this a much healthier substitute that gives you both fizzy flavour and better skin! We recommend:

HABA Moist White Beauty

This two-in-one beauty supplement boosts collagen levels and also brightens your skin. Aside from collagen, it contains ceramides, l-cystine, and Haskap fruit extract. Haskap (also known as blueberry honeysuckle) is known for its whitening and anti-ageing properties. One bottle has 3000mg of collagen and is only 21 calories! You can get a box of 10 bottles for $49.  

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Laneige Collagen Drink

Want better skin and better sleep? Take Laneige Youth Collagen Drink at night. The collagen peptides, deep sea water, pomegranate and red orange extracts all work to replenish your skin’s moisture and suppleness. It also contains Gamma Aminobutyric Acid that will help you get deeper sleep and wake up refreshed.

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Collagen Pills

For many people, collagen pills are the easiest (and most affordable) way to increase their daily collagen intake. You just have to take it along with your other vitamins, or put them in your pill box so you never forget to take it. We recommend:

21st Century Super Collagen Plus Vitamin C

At just $12 for 180 tablets, this fits into any beauty budget. It also contains Vitamin C, which actually helps your body absorb collagen better.

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NeoCell Super Collagen Type I & III + Vitamin C

This all-around beauty supplement promotes healthy skin, thickens your hair, strengthens your nails, and even repairs ligaments and tendons. You need to take three tablets a day, but Amazon reviews say it’s one of the most effective collagen pills on the market.

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