From pills to potions and chicken feet to cabbage, collagen comes in many
different forms. But which one is right for you?
Collagen plays an important role in your overall health. From keeping your skin
wrinkle-free and your nails and hair strong and glossy, to preventing degeneration
of your muscles, joints and bones, collagen fibres are involved.
But with time, and together with factors such as pollution, sun damage and stress,
these protein fibres – the building blocks of your body – start
to break down, leading to the signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, brittle
hair and nails and weakened joints and muscles.
The truth behind collagen products
The anti-ageing battle has led to a growing demand for collagen products around
the world. Nowhere has this caught on more than in Asia, where pharmacy and
department-store beauty shelves are laden with collagen products ranging
from creams and lotions to drinks, powders to supplements. However, not all
collagen products are equally effective in helping you stave off the effects
As it turns out, it’s thought that collagen particles are too large to
be absorbed by the skin, hence applying collagen-infused skincare on your
face may not have any effect on your visage. Also,
a report suggests that when you eat collagen-infused food or drinks,
there’s little guarantee that these sources are more effective than
eating protein-rich food such as meat or eggs. This is because whatever you
eat will be broken down in your digestive system, no matter what its source.
How to replenish collagen
Instead, ensure your body has sufficient supplies of nutrients to regenerate
and repair collagen on its own by keeping to a healthy diet of protein-rich
food such as eggs, beans, fish and dark-green, leafy vegetables. Combat
the effect of free radicals which cause collagen fibres to break down
by eating foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables.
If you find your diet lacking in these essential nutrients, you can support
your body’s collagen production by taking a supplement. For example,
Swisse’s Ultiboost Hair Skin Nails supports your body’s
natural production of collagen with a premium blend of biotin, silicon,
zinc, iron, vitamin C and St Mary’s thistle.
Take a cue from Swisse brand ambassador actress Rebecca Lim, who
has to juggle a busy schedule while looking fabulous.
“We [artistes] don’t get to choose our meals on set
sometimes, and we don’t have salads ready for us all
the time. So it’s really about supplementing our diet
with minerals that we don’t get from food,” Rebecca
“I really do believe that what you eat and what you apply
is equally important,” she adds. “So Swisse’s
Hair Skin Nails is a must in my beauty regime, not just
for healthy hair but also for healthy skin and strong nails.”
With these simple steps, you too can ensure your collagen levels
remain at a healthy level of glowing skin, shiny hair, strong
nails and a healthy body.