Are you a Collagen Sceptic?

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We know what you might be thinking… ABS (another bloody supplement), does it really work? Will I really boost collagen to see an improvement in my skin, hair nails like all the influencers rave about? It’s all well and good when you see an influencer endorsing and promoting a product claiming it’s the best of the best, but we think when you’re choosing any beauty product (be it a supplement or serum) it’s good practice to do your own research. Read the ingredients lists, are the ingredients natural or synthetic? Are they sourced sustainability? Look at the potency of the product, are you getting good bang for buck? We delve into collagen products and treatments offered by Probeauty and partner clinics to help you make informed purchase decisions.

What on earth IS collagen?

Collagen is a protein, working like a building block in our skin, bones and muscle that helps maintain structure. Collagen is also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas and teeth. You can think of it as the “glue” that holds all these things together. In fact, the word comes from the Greek word “kólla”, which means glue. It also plays a role in strong, plump, hydrated skin. Our natural collagen production declines rapidly once we hit our mid-20s, and we start to say hello to fine lines and wrinkles.

What damages collagen?

Unfortunately, collagen production reduces naturally as we age, but other factors can reduce it even further:

Sugar and refined carbs: Sadly these interfere with collagen’s ability to repair itself, meaning it’s best to minimise your consumption of added sugar and refined carbs if you want to boost your collagen (7Trusted Source).
Too much sun: We all know ultraviolet radiation damages the skin, but it’s actually the number one cause of ageing and can reduce collagen production, so remember your SPF and avoid excessive sun exposure (8Trusted Source).
Smoking: It’s no secret that smoking is bad for the skin, it reduces collagen production and impairs wound healing, leading to wrinkles (9Trusted Source).

What products or treatments will help boost collagen production?

There are a few options – powder supplements (taken internally), serums, masks and creams (applied topically to the skin) and collagen induction skin treatments (such as Dermapen microneedling). 

How do collagen supplements work to create new collagen in our bodies?

By taking collagen supplements we are giving our body the nutrients and building blocks it needs to produce more collagen, as these peptides are tiny fragments of collagen that the body can reassemble. It’s also beneficial if your collagen supplement contains natural Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, such as the Kiki Health Marine Collagen Beauty Blend, which support our cells in synthesising higher quality collagen, and more of it. Vitamin C from natural sources (such as Acai Berry and Camu Camu powder in Kiki Health) means the body can absorb it much more easily, therefore increasing collagen production.

How long does collagen take to work?

While we’d love all the benefits instantly, internal collagen support can take a little longer (but it’s worth the wait!). The benefits of collagen will vary from person to person, however studies show you’ll usually begin to see and feel improvement in the skin around six to twelve weeks after taking your collagen supplement. Don’t forget to take it daily if you want the best results!

What should I look for in a collagen powder?

If you’re just starting your collagen supplement journey, or even if you’re currently using one, it’s important to research what’s in them. Many brands use fillers, additives and sweeteners, or low amounts of actual collagen, which won’t take you far. Kiki Health Marine Collagen Beauty Blend is a supercharged cocktail of hydrolysed (absorbable) marine collagen, natural Vitamin C (from organic Acai powder and Camu Camu powder) plus Hyaluronic Acid (a natural substance in our body supporting hydration, which also depletes as we age). One serving of 10g of this powder provides a huge 7500mg of marine collagen, making it higher potency than most collagen supplements on the market.

Do topical collagen options really work?

Yes – as long as you are using cosmedical grade serums or hydrators with potent, active ingredients such as peptides, Vitamin C or Retinol, in biomimetic bases (that actually penetrate the skin rather than just sitting on top of it). These ingredients show proven results in tricking the skin’s cells to boost collagen. Browse the range of our favourite active serums here.

How does a collagen induction skin treatment (such as microneedling) provide different effects to collagen supplements?

Many advanced skin treatments (such as Dermapen microneedling, skin tightening and laser) work by using a wound healing response, where your skin creates fresh new collagen to rejuvenate the skin. If you’re having any of these treatments, you can really amp up your results by combining them with a collagen supplement, as skin will only repair optimally if the cells have the right nutrients to respond and build fresh new collagen.

How long will it take to see results from collagen induction treatments?

After a treatment such as Dermapen, while you’ll be plump and glowing immediately, your best results will be visible few months later. This is because the new collagen and elastin needs time to be regenerated and formed by your skin, much like when your body heals from a graze. This will continue to improve as you have your next few treatments, so if you’re wanting a gorgeous complexion for a special event such as a wedding or birthday, your best results will be if you start your treatments around 6 to 8 months in advance. For best results, make sure you’re getting an optimum treatment by choosing a Gold Authorised Treatment Provider, as you’ll be ensuring use of protocol skin products, the latest model device and superior safety. Below are some before and after images from Dermapen Gold ATP clinics around New Zealand:

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