Collagen Cosmetics vs. Drinking Collagen
If you’ve walked down the aisle of any cosmetics department in the last year, you will have seen collagen listed as a prominent ingredient on almost every single product. Rightly so, as you can also obtain collagen in a topical form, not just by eating or drinking it in your diet. Of course, this is one way to make sure you’re adding collagen to your skincare routine. We don’t discourage it!
However, one of the main factors in ensuring you’re not wasting your money on products that claim to help boost your collagen levels is how well your body is able to actually use them. We call this bioavailability. In general, studies show that collagen absorbed by the body orally rather than topically is more bioavailable. In fact, if you want to take a deep dive into this topic specifically, here’s a great article that will explain further.
So, before you buy that $80 eye serum that promises to turn your face into a baby’s bottom, consider bioavailability and getting it from a dietary supplement instead. The way your body consumes it matters.
Finally, here’s another tip on adding collagen to your beauty routine. The most bioavailable collagen supplement that you can easily use in your coffee, water, tea, smoothie, or even a glass of juice comes from a marine source. That’s right, the source of collagen also affects the way your body is able to use it. Collagen sourced from fish, for example, is up to 1.5 times more bioavailable than bovine sources. If you want a red-carpet glow and you want it faster, opt for the Rolls Royce of collagen supplements and go for a non-farmed fish collagen variety. Don’t worry, many brands including ours are unflavored and odorless so you don’t have to feel like you're drinking the sea or worry about any artificial flavoring or additives ruining all the skin benefits. And bonus, it’s especially good for Pescatarians who don’t consume any meat products.
In summary, when you’re looking to the stars for insider beauty tips, start thinking nutrition and managing your skin from the inside-out. Expensive cosmetics will only get you so far and when it comes to collagen, dietary supplements will simply take you further.
Your own personal red-carpet glowing skin is only a container of collagen away. Learn more about our Wild-Caught Marine Collagen and healthy ways to incorporate it into your daily nutrition here.