Collagen is more than just a beauty product – it also keeps bones, skin and intestines healthy.
But as we age, the body’s production becomes more difficult.
I’ve tried different ways to incorporate collagen into my daily routine and our beauty editor put our antioxidant-rich, anti-aging vitamin C formulas to the test.
Health: with Jane Atkinson
Snack: Foodin Collagen Protein Bars are a 206kcal snack and are a great alternative if you can’t take supplements.
Because it contains hydrolyzed, bovine collagen, I was worried it tasted weird, but it was delicious – mostly nuts and a thin layer of chocolate.
Plus, since it costs nearly five times the price of a regular bar of chocolate, you’re not likely to overeat.
It comes in sea salt, almond, cinnamon, caramel, ginger and lemon flavor and contains 12 grams of protein, 6.5 grams of which is collagen. (£2.99 per bar, planetorganic.com)
He drinks: Revive Collagen Premium Liquid Marine Collagen is derived from ethically farmed fish skin with added hyaluronic acid and aloe vera juice.
I was surprised by the citrus taste and added a bag to a pint of water in the morning.
After two weeks, I noticed clearer skin and shinier hair.
Each 22g sachet contains 8.5g of hydrolyzed collagen. (£33.99 for 14 bags, hollandandbarrett.com)
Melt: A vegan-friendly collagen option is MyVitamins Beauty Plant Collagen Powder.
It dissolves easily in water or shaken, and I’m used to adding it to succulents.
It comes in lemon and lime or orange, pineapple and grapefruit flavors.
They tasted natural and found this easier on the stomach and loved the fact that it added vitamin C, zinc and copper. 10g of collagen per serving. (£27.99 for a 255g tub, myvitamins.com)
Beauty: with Tara Leyden
income The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Pellets 2% (£6 for 30ml, boots.com):
The Ordinary contains many Vitamin C products.
This one is a suspension of very fine powdered Ascorbic Acid to provide maximum direct exposure to high concentrations of Vitamin C topically.
I found this too strong so I mixed it with a moisturizer to loosen it up.
It helped with the pigmentation and sun damage on my face and my skin definitely looked clearer.
But it left a yellow residue on my hands.
MID CeraVe Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid (£24.99 for 30ml, amazon.co.uk):
It’s described as a lightweight, effective Vitamin C serum with three essential ceramides, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and soothing Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and technology to release hydrating ingredients for all-day hydration.
It felt so soft on my skin and seemed to give me a healthier, glowing complexion.
It made my cheeks tremble a bit, probably because it contains 10 percent pure vitamin C, so I used it in moderation and mixed it with moisturizer to soothe any stinging.
Welfare – SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic 30ml Active Antioxidant Serum (£114.99 per 30ml, down from £145, facethefuture.co.uk):
It features a super-antioxidant blend of 15 percent pure Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), 1 percent vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), and 0.5 percent ferulic acid.
I could only use a very small amount at first because it stinged and made my skin peel off.
But it has really succeeded in reducing age spots, blemishes, and sun damage.
A few weeks later I received compliments on my skin.
Expensive, but it made a real difference. My favorite.