Last night I went to a presentation about the new Colladeen Visage supplement. It’s remarkable in many ways, not least because it has been shown to provide an SPF of 10, simply by taking a tablet. But, I should start by saying in no way should it be used as an ‘instead of’ SPF. At this early stage, you will still need to use SPF in cream form BUT it does herald the start of something huge and eventually, you will be able to buy tablets that give a higher SPF. However, an all year round SPF 10 will show benefits in slowing signs of sun related skin damage.

So, how does Colladeen work? It’s super sciency, so I am just going to boil it down to the bare bones as there will be plenty to read up on when it goes on sale. The bottom line in providing the SPF from within is anthocyanadins (taken from fruit and the red/blue flavinoids that give fruit their colour) and carotenoid lutein in specific ratio. It is these elements that help plants protect themselves from the sun.

Although I have focussed first on the SPF element, Colladeen Visage also provides a boost to skin elasticity via improved vascular supply (so helpful for spider veins) and also by supporting collagen and elastin from within. Testing has been thorough and impressive and while I have had reservations in the past about skin supplements, I find this one convincing and like the fact that Colladeen Visage contains only plant sourced ingredients, unlike other collagen which is sometimes meat sourced. How this translates to your skin is a proven reduction in fine lines and a more plumped skin appearance, although I would say that your result will largely depend on the state of your skin in the first place. 60 tablets costs £17.95 at

Is it a miracle cure for skin ageing? Well, not quite but it certainly will support all those functions that are required for skin looking healthy and more youthful, and of course, over the long term, lessen the suns impact on skin ageing. I think it is a question of watch this space to see whether more SPF can be achieved. 

One of the main things I picked up from the presentation is definitely worth noting: that topical sunscreen of any factor is unlikely to be working at the stated factor as in reality we don’t apply it to the thickness levels it is tested on in laboratory conditions. Unless you absolutely slather it on, which is just not practically possible on a day to day basis, you probably aren’t being protected at the level you assume, which is food for thought.

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