Collagen may be the cult product of the beauty world right now thanks to its youth-boosting benefits, but in the quest for eternal youth, it’s not just about what you know and what you use, but of course how you use it!
With serums, smoothie supplements, bone broths and skincare all boasting its baby-faced ability, it can be a little overwhelming to know just what way we should be getting our collagen hit.
As the hottest new protein supplement being used in the celebrity circle, with Jennifer Anniston, Halle Berry, and Kourtney Kardashian all promoting its as the liquid feeding their golden glows, superfood hype aside, it begs the question—is drinking collagen really the best way to absorb the potent elixir and obtain that year round ‘youthful glow?’
With concentrated skin serums able to penetrate the face and skin directly, absorbing collagen’s vital nutrients directly, it’s a questionable debate.
And according to Harvard Medical School’s dermatology department, serums deserve their fair share of praise.
“As highly concentrated formulations that sink into the skin quickly, serums are able to deliver an intensive dose of ingredients that address common skin complaints,” says Dr Abigail Waldman, dermatology expert at Harvard Medical School.
Outside the direct dose, Waldman says they’re also “a great way to get extra anti-aging effects more than your typical moisturizer and sunscreen” and believes any containing hyaluronic acid, collagen peptides, or stem cells are the best way to boost supple skin.
So what about drinkable collagen? Well, according to leading London based dermatologist Dr. Anjali Mahato, the verdict on whether collagen drinks can be absorbed effectively is still to be determined.
‘Collagen is a protein which is broken down in the gut during the digestive process into smaller molecules, such as peptides and subsequently amino-acids,’ says Dr. Mahto. ‘There is little evidence that ingesting whole collagen will survive digestion and then travel in the bloodstream to the skin in high enough quantities to make any meaningful change to the skin’s structure or function’ (as told to Elle).
What can we take from this? Collagen serums are where it’s at!
Beyond faster absorption, the benefits of collagen skin serums are endless. Read on for our list below….
As collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, it’s vital for our internal and external wellbeing. But, as it depletes over time, regular collagen supplementation helps to slow down the aging process.
Here are a few other key reasons to get collagen serum savvy…
The serums we love:
As a doctor-formulated serum that contains marine collagen, Spilanthol (helps reduce fine lines), sacha inchi (a plant that promotes longevity, skin rejuvenation and contains essential vitamins, omegas, and amino acids) it not only plumps and firms the skin but is non-toxic, cruelty-free, paraben-free and has no artificial colors or aromas.
Focused on smoothing out fine lines and firming the skin, it’s not only age-defying but uses cult beauty superhero CBD oil (cannabidiol) alongside hyaluronic acid (for hydration) and OrchiStem (plant stem cells for boosting collagen and elastin) to lift and firm skin and improve blood flow, while being doctor formulated too, cruelty-free, paraben-free, non-toxic and containing no artificial colours or aromas.
Note: For effective results, apply once or twice daily to keep collagen production levels up and according to science, you can expect visible results within one month. But for the Alfie serum, expect to see even quicker results within 14 days. This is due to the transdermal technology that each serum is made with — meaning faster results.