Our resident skin service LPA are massive advocates for collagen supplements. Clinical Director Elizabeth Rimmer explains everything you need to know about collagen supplementation.

"Collagen supplements help to  improve the physical signs of ageing in addition to the actual physiological changes going on within the body. In fact collagen supplements have been shown to deliver improvements for skin ageing and dryness (face and body), hair (quantity and quality), nails, vaginal dryness, joint pain, ligament and tendon problems/injuries. As I'm not getting any younger, I include a collagen supplement into my daily regime - there's so many benefits that it seems to be a bit of a no-brainer to me!

The supplements themselves usually  present as a powder you mix with water or sometimes as  capsules or even as a pre mixed drink.

Mid 20s is a good time to start thinking about collagen supplementation as by then your natural collagen will start to deplete.

Collagen supplements are safe on the whole for most people but it’s always a good idea to have a discussion with your practitioner before starting. There are also different options depending on whether you eat meat, are vegetarian or vegan.

They are best taken daily on an empty stomach for maximum absorption.

You should take for a minimum of 8 weeks to start noticing benefits and continue for as long as you like. I like to switch between products every 8 weeks or soI've been through most of the products on the market and have chosen 2 for my personal use and for my clinic - My choice was based on efficacy, taste and cost."


At LPA we offer (in my opinion) the 2 best products on the market


Totally Derma is the gold standard collagen supplement backed with lots of clinical studies.


We offer you the option of a monthly subscription so that you can receive this every month in the post without having to think about it. The subscription gives you 10% off the supplement so it is £90pcm rather than £100 AND you get free delivery.


Collagen Shots are a marine based supplement. This great tasting option is also available on a monthly subscription. With 10% off you pay £40.50 pcm (instead of £44.95) and no delivery fee.