There’s no denying the world is currently obsessed with all things collagen, and it may or may not have something to do with the fact that this key ingredient might just be the VIP ticket to eternal youth. But before we get into the nitty gritty (it literally goes skin deep) let’s just backtrack a little, shall we?
First thing’s first. What exactly is collagen? Well, in its simplest terms, collagen is the fibrous protein responsible for fighting off wrinkles and fine lines and keeping your skin looking and feeling firm, supple and plump (ie. what every girl wants forever). In fact, it’s the most abundant protein present in the human body, also found in our hair and nails.
As we age, our body’s ability to produce collagen starts to decrease, and as a result, the skin starts to lose its elasticity. With collagen making up approximately 75% of our skin, the aim here is to top these levels up as best we can to help maintain a youthful glow.
Luckily, there a number of ways you can do just that. Natural collagen boosters include eating the right foods—think; berries, red and orange veggies (because, Vitamin C and A), dark leafy greens (because, when are they ever not a contender) and oily fish—just to name a few. There are also various topical treatments available that include collagen-loving ingredients, as well as ingestible supplements in the form of liquids and capsules (Sporteluxe’s very own Bianca Cheah is a huge fan).
New to the collagen game and not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up some entry-level products that’ll help you on your way to your best skin ever.
Quite possible the easiest way to make your collagen debut! Simply apply the face mask to reap all the anti-ageing benefits (even if you’re in your 20s). This one by the Korean skincare experts over at LAPCOS works to hydrate and renew firm-looking skin while working its magic deep within (excuse the accidental rhyming). Shop here.
This best-selling collagen booster by NuFACE stimulates collagen production for maximum firming and tightening of the skin. It contains copper, a vital enzyme component that enables collagen to do its thing. Shop here.
You know what they say, everything starts in the gut! A favourite here in the Sporteluxe office, The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost contains more than six-billion naturally occurring prebiotics and probiotics per serving to balance the digestive tract and in turn, improve skin vitality. It’s ultimately designed to increase the skin’s production of collagen and promote a radiant, naturally plump complexion from the inside out. Shop here.
We can’t help but think of how cute this’ll look on our shelfie, but in all seriousness, MZ Skin’s firming Collagen Activating Eye Complex is designed to minimise the appearance for dark circles and blur fine lines. Enriched with hyaluronic acid and ceramides, it works to restore and lock in moisture while promoting collagen and elastin production. The addition of Albazia bark extract also reduces puffiness, so that’s a yes from us. Shop here.
This is not the first time we’ve hailed this supplement as a beauty must-have. Two things: it’s clinically-backed formulations are 100% natural with no gluten, soy or fillers and you get to create personalised supplement plans with the help of registered dietitians so you’re not just popping pills for the sake of it. Learn more about their offerings here.
Um, why should your eyes miss out? Give your lashes the loving they deserve with this intensifying mascara by LashFood. Enriched with volume-boosting collagen as their key ingredient, the unique, nourishing formula is infused with arginine and biotin to promote hair growth, stengthening each lash to prevent breakage. Shop here.
And now for your lips! Pucker up with this collagen-infused lip mask by KNC Beauty. Loved by countless beauty bloggers and influencers alike, you’ll feel the plumping effects almost instantly. Blended with moisturising rose flower oil, cherry extract and vitamin E, these individual masks are the perfect pre lipgloss prep that’ll have your lips looking fuller in a flash. Shop here.