Why Collagen is the Answer to Brighter Skin

Claire Perry - Manuka Doctor Product Expert

Claire leads our Product Development Team, ensuring that our products are truly natural and effective. With more than 20 years experience in the health and beauty industry, she is one of the industry’s most experienced Manuka Honey Experts.

  • Collagen is needed by the body to keep skin looking young and healthy
  • Study shows women who consume collagen see improvements in skin hydration
  • Purified Bee Venom (PBV™) proven to boost collagen formation increasing elasticity

If dull winter skies are making you feel grey inside and out, try brightening up your daily regime with a natural collagen boost.

Collagen is an important protein, which the body needs to keep the skin looking young and healthy. It keeps skin moist, which in turn increases elasticity and firmness. 

Cold Winter weather can be very drying on the skin. Low humidity, central heating and harsh cold winds all attribute to dry, lacklustre skin. A 2020 study examined the effects of collagen in different weather conditions. The randomized controlled trial studied women ages 40-60, adjusting results for temperature, humidity, and UV using weather data from their home locations.

Women who consumed collagen had significantly less water loss through their skin, saw improvements in skin hydration, and retained more moisture than women who didn’t take collagen. [1]

There are several ways to boost your collagen levels including supplementation and application!

Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide that’s produced naturally by the body and plays a key role in helping your skin hang onto water – keeping it moisturised. But as we age, our bodies’ production of Hyaluronic acid slows, particularly in the outer layers of the skin. [2]

Hyaluronic acid is found in foods rich in amino acids, such as beans, root vegetables, and soy. Adding Hyaluronic acid to the diet through food can easily help to boost collagen levels.

A 2018 analysis in International Journal of Biological Macromolecules reported that skin products containing hyaluronic acid improved moisture levels in the skin, and stimulated collagen and elastin to improve skin elasticity. [3]

You can find 50mg of Hyaluronic acid in Manuka Plus Collagen Queen supplement as well as 200mg of responsibly sourced marine collagen.

“What can I say about this collagen supplement it is fantastic and my skin as improved a lot since taking it people have commented on how young I look and the service you receive from the company is wonderful and the products always come well packaged.”
Lorraine P

Vitamin C is one of the best-known vitamins and plays an important role in making the collagen needed for our skin, blood vessels, cartilage, bones, gums and teeth, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). [4]

Wondering how? A 2017 study by New Zealand’s University of Otago reported that vitamin C activates enzymes involved in producing collagen in the body, while also scavenging excess free radicals, for example from UV radiation, that can damage skin cells and lead to premature ageing. [5]

The human body cannot make vitamin C, so it is very important to get it from the diet. Vitamin C is an important part of a healthful diet and can be found in foods like citrus fruits and leafy green vegetables.

You can find 100% of your daily recommended intake in Manuka Plus Collagen Queen.

“Absolutely brilliant I noticed a difference in my skin and hair within a week. I brought this product of the off chance to see if it would make any difference to my ageing skin and when I saw my sister yesterday she asked had I done anything different to my skin as it was looking more radiant. I will definitely keep taking these.”
Maxine S

Read our blog for more information on how collagen is affected by the Menopause.

Boost Collagen Formation with Skincare Products

Another way to boost collagen formation is through the application of facial skincare products. The deeply nourishing face treatment Manuka Doctor Rejuvenating Mask contains collagen boosting ingredients such as nature’s Botox, Purified Bee Venom (PBV™). This wonder ingredient from the hive helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and has proven in trials to work on all levels of the skin to encourage naturally occurring cell regeneration, boost collagen formation increasing skin’s elasticity and accelerate the recovery of damaged skin cells.[6]

“I’ve used this mask a few times now and really happy with it. It leaves my face feeling soft and refreshed. For my mature skin it is a must!”
Linda B

Cell regenerating Royal jelly and Rosehip oil rejuvenate skin by renewing damaged skin cells and boosting skin’s radiance. Run yourself a bath, pour yourself a glass of your favourite tipple, apply the mask and relax whilst it works its magic.

Thanks to the highly moisturising properties of Manuka honey, this iconic face mask treatment leaves skin glowingly soft and naturally plumped. Intensely hydrating Manuka honey, Shea butter and Cocoa butter leave skin feeling plumped and fresh.

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    Article References
    1. Tak Y, Shin D, Kim A, et al. Effect of collagen tripeptide and adjusting for climate change on skin hydration in middle-aged women: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Front Med 2020;7:608903.
    2. Papakonstantinou E, Roth M, Karakiulakis G. Hyaluronic acid: A key molecule in skin aging. Dermatoendocrinol. 2012 Jul 1;4 (3):253-258. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583886/
    3. Bukhari SNA, et al. Hyaluronic acid, a promising skin rejuvenating biomedicine: A review of recent updates and pre-clinical and clinical investigations on cosmetic and nutricosmetic effects. Int J Biol Macromol. 2018 Dec; 120(Pt B):1682-1695. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30287361
    4. European Food Safety Authority. Scientific opinion. EFSA Journal 2009;7(9):1226. https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.2903/j.efsa.2009.1226
    5. Pullar JM, Carr AC, Vissers MC. The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health. Nutrients. 2017 Aug; 9(8):866. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579659/
    6. Han et al., 2007 Inhibitory effects of bee venom against ultraviolet B induced MMP-1 and MMP-3 in human dermal fibroblasts. J, of Apicultural Bee Research 46(2):94-98. Han et al., 2015 The beneficial effects of honeybee-venom serum on facial wrinkles in humans.