This excellent post is sponsored by Dose & Co.
Is it just us or is everybody talking about collagen supplements right now?
Collagen supplements aren’t new; however, the science around whether they are effective or not was so-so. Dutifully, many women took their collagen supps regardless – and now, we’re happy to report that they were on to something. In 2020, the research supporting ingestible collagen supplements as an anti-ageing treatment is becoming more and more robust.
Introducing Dose & Co: the chic new sustainably-minded brand with a number of collagen-based supplements in their stable. Just quietly, we think Dose & Co are about to become the next big thing in beauty. (Yes, it’s a big call but we’re standing by it.)
Now available in Coles stores nationwide, Dose & Co provides a simple and easy way to inject a little oomf into your skin care routine. There are four powdered supplements to choose from: Collagen Protein Powder ($40), Collagen Creamer ($35), Dairy Free Collagen Creamer ($42) and Pure Collagen (unflavoured) ($35).
We think Dose & Co is a game changer for three reasons: sustainability, convenience and taste. The trifecta. The brand’s packaging is 100 per cent plastic-free: this cuts down on single-use plastic and allows you to recycle the container once it runs out. Then there’s the convenience factor: being shoppable at Coles means you can throw one in your trolley during your next shop. Easy! Finally – importantly – these powders taste seriously good and not in that artificially sweetened way. They really taste good. We love the creamers in particular: they add a sweet twist to your morning coffee.
If you’re on the fence about collagen supps in general, we hear you. We were too. Here, we explain a little more about what they are and how they work, so you can make an informed decision at the checkout.
Collagen is a protein that provides strength and structure to much of your body, including your bones, skin and ligaments. Once we hit our mid-20s, collagen production starts to decline leading to wrinkles and sagging. It’s a natural part of the ageing process and not anything to be scared of – but if you want to give your skin a bit of extra pep, who are we to stop you?
Outside of the human body, there are other sources of collagen too: the two most popular being marine collagen (derived from fish) and bovine collage (derived from cows). These are the most common forms of collagen found in supplements.
Research in this area suggests that yes, taking collagen orally can give skin a youthful bounce by boosting hyaluronic acid production, increasing water content within the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the skin) and strengthening collagen fibre networks.
There are a number of studies – see: here, here and here – that support the above claims. However, the topic is sometimes debated amongst scientists and dermatologists as we don’t yet know exactly how the body breaks down these supplements; however, we have seen documented results.
The best way to take collagen is, like most things, consistently. Find a serving suggestion that works for you, your taste buds and your lifestyle. Dose & Co’s Collagen Creamers are a great addition to your coffee, tea, smoothie or warm milk whereas the Collagen Protein Powder is the perfect foundation for a smoothie. The Pure Collagen can be added to any drink of your choosing and will go virtually unnoticed.
Do you take a collagen supplement? Have you tried Dose & Co’s new range? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.