Collagen Powder vs Collagen Cream
Collagen is actually the most abundant protein in the human body and is responsible for keeping your skin youthful, your bones strong and your joints supple.
However, from the age of 25 (yep, 25) your body begins losing collagen by approximately 1-2% a year. Hence why we’re all so keen to add some back in! Fortunately, there are a couple of ways you can do it.
Collagen powders are the new kids on the block and have taken the supplement world by storm. They have advanced massively over the past decade and most formulas are now hydrolysed, which simply means the collagen molecule has been broken down small enough to be absorbed effectively by the body.
The powders are said to increase skin hydration and elasticity, deliver stronger hair and nails, reduce joint pain and make your bones denser. As these products are still relatively new, the human studies are lacking, but all the research so far backs up these claims.
I’ve personally been taking a collagen powder (I'll link here for you) for about 18 months now and I’ve noticed a massive difference in my hair and nails in particular. I’m fortunate enough not to struggle with joint or bone issues, so can’t report any findings in that area and also haven’t noticed much difference in my skin either. However, that may be because I was already using collagen on my face.
Collagen in skincare has been around a lot longer and is a scientifically- proven, skin conditioning ingredient. Applying it topically works specifically to nourish, strengthen and protect your delicate complexion from the external environment. Over time this leads to fewer lines, reduced sagging and significantly slows the ageing process, which is why we use it in the Ultimate Moisturiser.
When it comes to incorporating collagen products, one is not better than the other – they just target different concerns. I personally use a collagen powder to work as a preventive measure, supporting my body as a whole from the inside, out. I then give my skin an extra collagen cuddle by applying the Ultimate Moisturiser twice a day, as facial skin requires more TLC and needs protecting from the outside, in.
You know that saying ‘You can have too much of a good thing?’ – Well, when it comes to collagen that doesn’t apply. A multipronged approach works wonders and will pay off today and in the years to come 🥰
Amy is a qualified skin expert and founder of BASE. When she’s not writing about skincare, you’ll find her applying it, developing it or daydreaming about it instead!