COLLAGEN is more than just a beauty product – it also keeps our bones, skin and intestines healthy.
But as we age, it becomes more difficult for the body to produce.
I’ve tried different ways to incorporate collagen into my daily routine, and our beauty editor put some anti-aging, antioxidant-rich vitamin C formulas to the test.
HEALTH: with Jane Atkinson
To taste: Foodin Collagen Protein Bars are a 206 kcal snack that is a great alternative if you can’t get used to supplements.
Because they contain hydrolyzed bovine collagen, sourced from cows, I was worried they might taste off, but they were delicious – mostly nuts and a thin layer of chocolate.
Plus, since they’re about five times the price of a normal chocolate bar, you’re much less likely to binge on them.
They come in Almond Sea Salt, Cinnamon Toffee, and Ginger Lime flavors and contain 12g of protein, including 6.5g of collagen. (£2.99 per bar, planetorganic.com)
TO DRINK: Revive Collagen Premium Liquid Marine Collagen Drink is derived from ethically farmed fish skin with added hyaluronic acid and aloe vera juice.
I was pleasantly surprised by the citrus taste and added one sachet to a pint of water in the morning.
After a fortnight, I noticed clearer skin and shinier hair.
Each 22g sachet contains 8.5g of hydrolyzed collagen. (£33.99 for 14 sachets, hollandandbarrett.com)
DISSOLVE: A vegan-friendly collagen option is MyVitamins Beauty Plant-Based Collagen Powder.
It dissolves easily in water or shakes, and I’ve made a habit of adding it to my juicer.
It comes in lemon and lime or orange, pineapple and grapefruit flavor.
They tasted natural and I found this one the easiest to digest and liked that it had added vitamin C, zinc and copper. 10g of collagen per serving. (£27.99 for a 255g jar, myvitamins.com)
BEAUTY: with Tara Ledden
BUDGET – The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% (£6 for 30ml, boots.com):
The Ordinary offers several vitamin C products.
This is a suspension of very fine L-ascorbic acid powder to provide the most direct exposure of high concentrations of vitamin C topically.
I found this very strong so I mixed it with moisturizer to dilute it.
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):
Described as a gentle yet effective lightweight vitamin C serum with three essential ceramides, hydrating hyaluronic acid, soothing vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and technology to release hydrating ingredients for all-day hydration.
It was gentle on my skin and seemed to give me a healthier, glowing complexion.
It made my cheeks tingle a bit, probably because it’s 10% pure vitamin C, so I used it sparingly and mixed with moisturizer to calm the tingling.
LUXURY – SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Active Antioxidant Serum 30ml (£114.99 for 30ml, vs £145, facethefuture.co.uk):
Contains a super antioxidant combination of 15% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1% vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) and 0.5% ferulic acid.
I could only use a very small amount at first because it stinged and made my skin peel.
But it really worked to reduce age spots, blemishes, and sun damage.
After a few weeks, I received compliments on my skin.
Expensive, but it made a real difference. My favorite.