Products vs. Supplements


Collagen is the protein responsible for our skin’s plumpness and elasticity. Unfortunately, it takes a nosedive as we age. This leads to wrinkles, sagging, and a general loss of that youthful glow. Because of this the beauty industry has churned out a tonne of collagen-boosting products and supplements, each promising to turn back the clock. But when it comes to collagen stimulation, which reigns supreme: topical products or ingestible supplements?

Let’s take a look at products first:

• Topical products, like creams, serums, and masks, deliver collagen-stimulating ingredients directly to the skin. This targeted approach ensures a higher concentration of active ingredients reaches the fibroblasts, the cells responsible for collagen production, compared to oral supplements that have to navigate the digestive system.

• Many topical products go beyond simply stimulating collagen. They often contain a cocktail of ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid, which work together to address various aspects of skin aging, like pigmentation, hydration, and cell turnover.

• While the long-term effects of both products and supplements take time to manifest, topical products can offer immediate, albeit temporary, plumping and smoothing effects. This can be a confidence booster, especially for special occasions.


Now let’s look at supplements: 


• Supplements work systemically, potentially influencing collagen production throughout the body, including joints, bones, and even gut health. This holistic approach could offer benefits beyond just skin health.


• Take a tablet can sometimes be easier than remembering to apply creams and serums daily. Supplements can be particularly appealing for those with busy lifestyles or sensitive skin who might find topical products irritating.

• Supplements allow for more precise control over collagen intake compared to topical products, where absorption rates can vary.


So, Who Wins?

The truth is, there’s no clear-cut winner, it all depends on your personal preference. Although, the best approach often involves a combination of both topical products and supplements. Here’s a quick guide:

Regardless of your chosen method, remember that consistency is key. Be patient and give your chosen products or supplements enough time to work their magic. And, of course, don’t forget the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep, to support optimal collagen production from within.

By understanding the strengths and weaknesses of both topical products and supplements, you can create a personalized strategy that keeps your collagen levels pumping and your skin glowing for years to come.

Remember, the power to beautiful skin lies not just in the products you choose, but in your commitment to a healthy and holistic approach to beauty.


Lots of love


This is all said with love, I know many people have different opinions and that is absolutely fine.  Any questions just ask…

Much love.

Louisa Ashforth Signature

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