A beginner’s guide to the skin-saving world of ingestible collagen.
ever heard of drinkable collagen? Yum!
Quick, think of a skin care ingredient more associated with providing tight, taut, unblemished, poreless skin and all-around youthful gorgeousness than collagen. Can’t? Neither can we.
There’s no denying the classic ingredient is still one of the most important buzzwords in the world of skin care, but though not much has changed about the claims collagen makes towards beautification, how it is introduced into our routines has evolved.
Enter: the ingestibles. Collagen has been a mainstay in anti-aging creams for literally decades, but in recent years, sparked by the East Asian trend of collagen drinks, pills, powders, even chewable candies, and thanks to several studies that claim ingested collagen’s higher levels of efficacy, we’ve found ourselves putting down our jars of moisturizer and instead cracking open blister packs to feed our need to stay gorgeous and youthful forever.
BUT what is collagen, even?
A protein naturally found in our bodies, and in abundant quantities at that, collagen provides structural support for our tissues (i.e. our skin, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments). It makes up nearly 25 percent of our bodies, and 75 percent of our skin, making it a very, very important substance indeed.
We’re born with tons of the stuff, which partly explains why babies have the most gorgeous skin ever. By our early 20s, however, our natural ability to produce collagen begins to slow down and, coupled with years of exposure to the sun, pollution, and the terrible lifestyle habits that accompany modern life, the amount of collagen found in the body starts to decrease. This, in turn, leads to less radiant skin, weaker bones and joints and, some claim, decreased metabolism that all add up to an overall lower level of health.
Replenishing the collagen in our bodies, though, is made faster and easier with ingestible collagen. Most readily available in capsule or powder form in the Philippines, ingestible collagen’s claims are myriad. Benefits include healthy skin, nails, bones, joints, and hair, but also, ac- cording to some studies, improved digestion and increased metabolism.
great, how Do i start?
If you’re interested in integrating collagen into your routine, we recommend keeping two things in mind: First, check the ingredient list of whatever supplement it is you’re taking. Top brands like Koragem Premium (P300/10 capsules), Belo Neutraceuticals Collagen Powder Drink (P1,593/box of 14), and Potion ivi Premium Collagen Powder Drink (P1,595/box of 14) are made of hydrolized marine-derived collagen, meaning the collagen is processed for easier absorption. Each brand blends the collagen with other amino acids to increase absorption and to improve palatability, so be sure you aren’t allergic to anything listed. Most doctors agree that there are no negative side-effects to consuming collagen, though most stress not taking any supplements if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
Second, don’t expect immediate results with ingestible collagen. Although anecdotal evidence suggests effects after about two weeks of consistent use, this is one of those long-term investments, so don’t feel bad if you don’t see changes after you chug your first collagen cocktail (Note: we do not recommend mixing it with alcohol). Changes will come soon enough, so keep at it!