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Is Collagen The Secret To Glowing, Youthful Skin?

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Delicious, protein-rich and packed with wonder ingredient, collagen - are Swisse Me’s new supplement range the secret to getting your best skin ever? Gay Times finds out.

Collagen is fast becoming the beauty industry’s worst-kept secret. Dermatologists are raving about it, beauty editors can’t stop extolling its virtues and an impressive roll-call of Hollywood’s most famous - Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Aniston anyone? - are big fans of the stuff, regularly tucking into collagen-rich bone broths, popping collagen supplement pills and downing ‘beauty’ juices. Why you may ask? Collagen is a wonder product for brighter, better skin. It promises a higher level of dermal elasticity and plumpness, reduced signs of ageing and a healthier glow - the likes of which we have long been pursuing.

Our question though is, can you actually eat or drink your way to a more beautiful complexion? Swisse Me, a health and nutritional brand championing collagen-enriched supplement smoothies, jellies and drink shots, believes so. 

Curious, we at Gay Times wanted to investigate the world of collagen supplements. With the help of our new go-to nutritional brand, we examine collagen’s origins, properties and uses, and the best collagen supplements that we've found on the market.

Discover the Swisse Me Collagen range

What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein that the human body naturally produces. There are at least 28 different types of collagen, but the most abundant type of collagen is called Type 1. This Type 1 collagen accounts for a third of our protein composition and is a major building block of our bones, skin, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, organs and ligaments. It is what keeps our bodies healthy and strong, our joints and muscles working seamlessly, our skin looking plump and hair looking strong and shiny. When we damage our bodies, collagen is naturally triggered to help repair and heal the wound. Collagen is produced in our dermis - the second layer of skin that sits beneath the epidermis and the layer where the real structure of our skin is found.

Why is collagen so popular in skincare?

Naturally, our body’s ability to produce collagen declines with age; even from as young as our twenties, declining by about 1% each year. It can also be affected internally by stress levels and illness, or externally by UV radiation, smoking and pollution. When this happens, telltale signs of ageing appear. That's why people are keen to re-boost their natural levels with collagen-laden skincare that helps reduce wrinkles, discolouration, sagging and rough skin, while improving skin elasticity.

How do collagen supplements work?

Like other supplements, taking collagen tops you up with something our bodies need to be strong and healthy. Unlike collagen creams, which simply sit on top of the skin, supplements - as they are ingested - have a far higher chance of reaching that all important dermis layer where collagen is naturally produced and stored.

How are collagen supplements made? Are they vegan?

No, collagen supplements are not vegan. Collagen in supplements is either animal-derived (mostly beef and pork) or marine-derived (fish).

What are the best collagen supplements for soft, smooth and glowing skin?

Our favourite collagen supplements are hands down Swisse Me’s. Not only are they delicious (flavours include berry, pear, mango and Manuka honey), they are also formulated to contain most effective doses of collagen for glowing skin - plus they have some stellar celebrity fans like Love Island's Ovie Soko. Namely, this is because Swisse Me’s collagen range are rich in Type 1 collagen - the type of collagen that makes up our skin, hair and bones - and their collagen is hydrolyzed. Essentially, hydrolyzed collagen is broken down into smaller particles called collagen peptides. These peptides are easier for our body to process and, notably, easier for our dermis layer to absorb. Their products are then also packed with other rich, glow-getting ingredients; from orange peel extract and Vitamin C, to antioxidants like grape seed extract.

Which of Swisse Me’s collagen supplements is right for me?

Swisse Me’s collagen range has something for every and every lifestyle type.

I’m… A fitness fanatic

Packed with protein (a whopping 6.1g per serving!), basil seeds - a rich source of antioxidants and flavonoids - and magnesium to combat the post-workout dip, Swisse Me’s Boost Me ready-to-drink collagen smoothies are ideal for gym-goers. Grab one on the way to your morning session for the perfect pre-workout snack.

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I’m… Always on the go

If you’re a regular traveller or just have a busy schedule, you shouldn’t have to compromise on your health and wellbeing. Swisse Me’s Collagen & Manuka Honey Jelly Sticks are the first of their kind on the market and are designed for busy people with busy lives. Keep a handful in your work bag, desk drawer or glove compartment for when you need a daily health top up. We also have to admit, their honey and Aloe Vera flavour has been a big hit in the Octer office!

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I’m… All about nutrition

For those of us who are regular health nuts and know their thing about nutrition, you’ll love Swisse Me’s pre-made wellness Collagen & Blood Orange Beauty Shot - with each little bottle, you’ll be getting a healthy dose of 5g of collagen each day.

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£16.99
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I’m… Concerned about anti-ageing skincare

Packed with all eight smoothies, ten jellies and seven wellness shots, this bundle has everything you need to support a healthy glow from the inside out.

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£44.97
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