“A few years ago when collagen supplements came out, I was quite sceptical whether these worked, because there were SO many collagen supplements. But now we have a reasonable body of scientific evidence to support the results that are given by collagen supplements. But it is important to look at the label and look for hydrolysed collagen and to have between 3,000-10,000mg hydrolysed collagen and expect a result to start showing at 12 weeks. So you do need 3 months of taking hydrolysed collagen in a specific dosage to start seeing an improvement.
So, what’s the sort of improvement you should expect after taking supplements for 3 months? Collagen is nothing more than a structural protein of the skin and it gives skin hydration, elasticity and firmness. As we lose collagen, we lose about 1.5% collagen for every year of our lives and for women who are menopausal, they have the most dramatic loss of collagen in the first 5 years after the menopause where they can lose about 30% of collagen. They suddenly see that their skin goes dull, dry, wrinkly, lined and it loses its firmness and appears to sag. And this is when collagen supplements can really help.
Drink one every morning (try not to have it with your tea or coffee and keep a 30 minute interval between having them. Because of the way collagen works, it simulates the body’s repair or wound healing responses so I find collagen supplements are excellent for patients who are undergoing surgical procedures. Skin tightening procedures like tixel, plexr or nano plasma – all these treatments are aimed at encouraging the production of collagen. By giving the body hydrolysed collagen, it encourages further production of collagen and the wound healing.”