How to Choose the Best Collagen for You
Updated: Jan 18
That collagen supplement is made from WHAT?!
Dr. Hannah Sivak, PhD, developed a new vegan collagen skincare formula for the skincare line, Skin Actives Scientific. While formulated with epidermal growth factor (EGF), hyaluronic acid, and sea kelp bioferment for collagen stimulation, plumping hydration, and antioxidant protection, it was the vegan collagen ingredient that stood out to me.
With so many collagen supplements and beauty products featuring the trending ingredient, choosing among all our options takes research. To help decide which collagen product is right for you, consider the points below.
What is your primary concern?
For digestive (and intestinal) benefits, an ingested capsule or powder is your best bet. As a supplement, collagen is fantastic for healing the gut — the backbone of holistic health. The benefits will also show up on your skin. (Bone broth is another option, although I personally prefer vegan collagen.)
For hydration and moisture barrier support, use a topical product. The effect is said to be similar to that of hyaluronic acid. Collagen skincare products are also used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and to improve overall skin-tone and texture.
Where is your collagen sourced from?
Did you know that most collagen is made from crushed up bones and cartilage from dead animal carcasses? Different blends of collagen cite bovine (i.e. cows), chicken, and marine (i.e. fish) unless specifically designated as vegan. If you choose an animal-derived brand, you can seek out brands like Crushed Tonic that source their supply of collagen sustainably. (In the case of Crushed Tonic, it's from the scales of tilapia.)
Animal ingredients can be inflammatory.
As skin care line founders and estheticians will attest, animal ingredients can be inflammatory for the skin. This happens when the immune system interprets the animal-ingredient like a pathogen and gets activated. This can even cause reactions like inflammatory acne (including cystic), eczema, rashes, and hives.
Keeping this information in mind, here are some collagen choices.
The wellness company also launched a collagen-protective moisturizer, too, and make a point to include stress-reducing adaptogens in their blends. If you want animal-sourced collagen, Crushed Tonic and La Sirene both use collagen from the scales of tilapia.
Skin Design London
Sleeping Beauty, $110
Meet the clean cosmeceuticals line that makes this gentle, soothing, anti-inflammatory night cream that is safe even for the most reactive (i.e. post-laser) skin. The vegan collagen makes for an incredible humectant on dry, dull, or barrier-compromised skin.
This article’s inspiration.
The Beauty Chef
Inner Beauty Boost ($25 - 50)
This is a great beauty line that treats your skin from within, holistically and using clean, food-grade ingredients. We spoke to the founder, Carla Oates, on her top self-care tips here.
Anima Mundi Apothecary
They sell this at our favorite health food café in France, Wild and the Moon.
Glow Sweet Glow ($25)
If you go the gummy route, hyaluronic and vitamins C and E really are great for the skin.
This indie skincare line makes some of our favorite CBD skincare products. Their hero product is this blend of potent actives: rosehip oil, vitamin C, Niacinamide, Vitamin A, hyaluronic acid, and marine collagen sourced from algae. Just wow.
xWell+Good The Rose Renewal, $74.40
A formula for self-care: facial serum, an oil-scented candle, and crystals.
These are luxe and reiki-infused.
These won't go on sale until later in January, but you can read up on the elasticity-boosting, vegan collagen formula to prepare.
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