Stimulating the production of collagen (and elastin, its great ally) is the mantra of care Smart aging. There is no treatment, professional or cosmetic, that does not include it among its objectives when seeking to maintain firmness and elasticity. Why? “It is the most important protein in our body. 80% of our skin is made up of collagen. It is the framework that structures the hair, nails, joints, cartilage, bones … It is also known as ‘the adhesive’ of the body ”, explains Dr. Sara Segovia, a graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the UB and a master’s degree in Aesthetic Medicine.
There are reasons to want to increase your production. “From the age of 25, 1.5% of collagen is lost per year. And from 30-35 it deteriorates. For this reason, in order not to lose elasticity, maintain good hydration and prevent wrinkles, it is convenient to take collagen supplements and follow a diet rich in vitamin C, which helps to create it, although not in the amount we need ”, says the doctor.
From the age of 25, 1.5% of collagen is lost per year and from the age of 30-35 it deteriorates. It is advisable to follow a diet rich in vitamin C and take collagen supplements
The friend Jennifer Aniston, Cara Delevingne, Cameron Díaz, Madonna … The list of celebrities who have signed up for oral hydrolyzed collagen supplements, an offer that in the form of tablets, soluble powders or drinks does not stop growing, it would be very, very long.
There is collagen of different origin (marine, vegan …) and it can be accompanied by hyaluronic acid, magnesium, silicon, antioxidants such as resveratrol or vitamin C, elastin and even cocoa, depending on your objective and to make it taste better.
Many celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Cara Delevingne or Madonna have signed up for oral hydrolyzed collagen supplements
How much to take a day? The experts who recommend it – which are not all – agree that between 5 and 10 grams. Beyond in shakes and smoothies enriched with it, at the table you will find it in oily fish, nuts, eggs, chia seeds and flax … “I personally prefer to have a good homemade broth cooked over low heat, but supplements me They seem like a fabulous option for those who don’t have that much time, ”says Mónica Ceño, founder of The Lab Room.
The pharmacist Meritxell Martí has created a proposal with vitamin C, folic acid, hyaluronic acid, coenzyme Q10 and bamboo fibers. With Camu Camu, a fruit very rich in vitamin C that gives it a good flavor. It also has a detox function and improves intestinal transit avoiding a swollen belly. Pink Collagen, by Unique, 80 euros.
With hyaluronic acid and magnesium. Each sachet provides the recommended 10 grams of hydrolyzed collagen per day. Q77 + Collagenor, 24 envelopes, 29 euros.
Capsules with multivitamins “clean” No toxic chemicals, additives or artificial colors, and marine collagen to protect the skin from within against environmental damage and that caused by blue light. Time Capsule, de Hush & Hush, 69 euros.
Vegan and for athletes. With a neutral taste, it can be added to any training drink or shake. Helps the formation and protection of collagen, cares for cartilage and joints and improves muscle tone. Naked Collagyn, de Ancient+Brave, 44 euros.
For hair and more. A liquid formula with 21 active ingredients, including hydrolyzed marine collagen, tryptophan, vitamin D and folic acid. It provides strength and nutrition to the hair, improves the quality of sleep and reduces anxiety. Hairlift Elite, de Gold Collagen, 10-day program 55 euros
Moisturizer lightweight and fragrance-free that absorbs quickly without leaving a sticky or greasy feeling. With collagen peptide, niacinamide and glycerin, it maintains hydration 24 hours. Collagen Peptide24, de Olay, 34,99 euros.
The great challenge of collagen as an active ingredient via cream is its penetration capacity. “It hydrates on the outside and improves the skin’s protective barrier, but it usually stays there,” says Dr. Marc A. Ronert, plastic surgeon, anti-aging expert and creator of Hush & Hush luxury “clean” vitamin nutraceuticals. In them, every last ingredient is endorsed by clinical studies (and the capsules are made of bamboo instead of gelatin for being more functional). What source of collagen do you use? Fish. As in all nutricosmetics, “You have to wait one or two months to see the results, although in two or three days the skin is already more hydrated,” warns the doctor.
Cosmetics, aware that collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed by the skin, come up with more sophisticated formulas. “After years of research we have achieved smaller peptides that penetrate better and are more easily absorbed,” says Dr. Frauke Neuser, Olay’s science director.
Athletes were among the first to join the collagen trend, because its benefits include reducing injuries and joint pain and improving recovery and muscle mass, but there are also supplements focused on hair and nail growth. , to control stress and increase well-being.
Oral collagen for everyone? Some experts, such as the dermatologist Ricardo Ruiz, believe that the future is promising but for now they would reserve it for times of greater need or less food consumption while opting for a diet rich in protein. It does affirm that “as long as it is a healthy patient,” they are safe and there is no problem in taking it.
In professional hands
Radiofrequency is a classic of the apparatus for the regeneration of collagen allied with hyperthermia, the increase in temperature in a localized and controlled way in the deep layers of the skin. They are not all the same. Vossman’s, made in Gijón, is called the Tesla of radio frequency and is trusted by elite athletes such as Pau Gasol or Cristiano Ronaldo. It is monopolar and does not heat the surface of the skin. It already attracts attention due to its design and is indicated both to accelerate the recovery from a sports injury and to combat facial flaccidity, lift the buttocks or tone the arms.
It is more powerful, allows to work larger areas and, importantly, manages to “give super powers to the hands and combine it with the manual treatment of a lifetime,” says Fernando Diez, CEO of Vossman. It is the only appliance that Monica Ceño, from The Lab Room, has incorporated into a center that has always opted for manual therapies “improves circulation, reaffirms and oxygenates,” she says. In centers throughout Spain. From 60 euros per session. Vossman.com