Collagen has become one of most appreciated cosmeceuticals due to its unique properties. This protein is essential for keeping skin smooth and radiant. Collagen’s main function is to keep the right balance in dermis structure, strengthen its most internal layers and to provide skin with nutrition and hydration. What is more, this animal protein strengthens bones, joints and muscles. It is necessary to hydrolyse collagen in order to make it effective, this way we make sure that our body absorbs it efficiently. Adding antioxidants such as vitamin C or E to the formula is ideal because they boost the final effect by protecting the skin from free radicals which are responsible for premature skin aging. Collagen is a really efficient complement combined with a healthy lifestyle. The dose of collagen compound is a key to its effectiveness. Various research sources suggest that the formulas should have between 2.5 g and 10g of hydrolysed collagen (generally of porcine origin). Providing collagen through food is difficult as it is mostly found in animal bones, joints and skin. According to the latest clinical research, collagen supplements boost skin elasticity and hydration. It is recommendable to take them during the period of 8 to 24 weeks, after breakfast and to avoid taking them with other protein-rich foodstuffs. The results vary, depending on personal level of oxidation, factors such as tobacco consumption and excessive sun exposure hinder the positive effects.
Basing on the dose requirements, composition and high quality, these are our favourite collagen products:
Unique Pink Collagen contains 5g of collagen, hyaluronic acid, zinc, astaxanthin, pine, silicon, magnesium, vitamin B, vitamin C, β-carotene, coenzyme Q10 and selenium. Apart from this incredible composition of antioxidants, Unique Pink Collagen also has inulin, as probiotic, and 17 plants including turmeric, ginger, mint and black pepper. Thanks to this composition, it improves hydration and skin elasticity, it helps to drain eye bags and it has antioxidant properties. Furthermore, it improves gut flora, proper functioning of intestinal track and nutrient absorption. The dose is two measuring spoons a day dissolved in 200ml of water, herbal tea or juice. The result is a delicious drink with Camu-Camu fruit flavour.
Lierac Premium Capslues contain 15,5mg of collagen, 10mg of hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E, zinc and selenium as antioxidants. The formula also contains argan oil, borage oil, turmeric and brewer’s yeast. The recommendable dose is one capsule a day, preferably in the morning. This is an excellent product for mature and dry skin. It is also perfect for prematurely-aged skin due to sun exposure and for those who want the highest level of skin care with only one capsule a day.
Maria José Miquel Obrador
Pharmacist in charge