Collagen is a hot buzzword in the beauty world and seems to be the topic on everyone’s lips. From lotions to creams to serums, this “magic ingredient” has become synonymous with smooth bouncy skin worthy of being in a Hada Labo commercial. Collagen drinks for one, are popular throughout Malaysia and even available in certain convenience stores!
But do you actually know how collagen works and what it really does for your skin? We’ve done the research for you as well as helped you to narrow down the top 10 best collagen drinks available in Malaysia! 😁💕
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is a type of protein found in our skin, joints and bunch of other places like our gut and hair. In fact, it’s the most abundant protein in our body! Among other things, it’s responsible for keeping our skin strong, smooth and supple.
What Are Collagen Drinks?
Collagen drinks are everywhere! They’re drinks with collagen molecules in them and meant to be absorbed by your body to help give you more collagen. Whether you’ve begun aging (dang those wrinkles!) or just want a youthful boost, collagen drinks supposedly promise to help you achieve a better complexion. ☺
Do Collagen Drinks Really Work?
But being the skeptics that we are, it’s hard to believe that a fruity drink can actually help us look younger!. The truth is, topical products like creams and lotions just don’t do the job. The size of the collagen molecules are too big to be absorbed through the skin.
Collagen drinks on the other hand, typically contain a type of collagen which has been broken down into small bits, These small bits may not go directly to your skin though…After digestion, the collagen is broken down even more and your body just uses the bits of protein for wherever you need them most, and that may not be your skin! So while collagen drinks are or for sure beneficial, they may not necessarily be a guaranteed one-way ticket to baby-smooth skin. 😊
Are There Any Side Effects Of Drinking Collagen?
Though generally safe, possible (though rare!) side effects of collagen drinks include allergic reactions, since collagen is mainly derived from animals such as cows or fish. There have been accounts of people complaining about stomach discomfort or bloating as well. Remember, everything in moderation, girls! 😁
Collagen Drink Reviews: What Are The Best Collagen Drinks In Malaysia?
The benefits of collagen drinks definitely outweigh the risks. Whether you’re looking to try it for yourself or to gift the in-laws, (collagen makes a great gift for the elderly!) Here’s our review on the 10 best collagen drinks available in the Malaysian market!
1. Kinohimitsu Collagen Diamond
Specially formulated for mature skin, Kinohimitsu’s J’Pan Collagen Diamond 5300 is one of the most popular options around and it doesn’t beat around the bush. When they say collagen, they mean collagen. Peptides are used, which are a broken down version of the protein. (Remember those collagen bits we talked about?) The ingredients are simple and straightforward and includes Perilla seed extract, a U.S patented antioxidant which enhances nutrient absorption.
|Overall Rating:||4.3/5 (>70 Ratings)|
|Price:||From RM129.00 for 16 bottles (🌞 Check Here For The Latest Price)|
|Special Features:||Perilla seed extract for an antioxidant boost|
💜 Editor’s Note: Collagen peptides are exactly what you want when searching for a collagen drink and this product has just that in abundance. Plus, the addition of vitamin C-rich apple, lemon and lychee concentrate makes for a tangy, fruity taste you won’t mind drinking over and over again!
2. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
One issue many people have with consuming collagen orally is the source. This collagen protein powder boasts grass-fed, pasture-raised cows as their primary source. That means no scary toxins! Most importantly, its flavorless, odorless formula makes it easy to incorporate into your morning smoothie or dissolve into water to drink as is.
|Overall Rating:||4.7/5 (<10 ratings)|
|Price:||From RM198.00 for 567g (🌞 Check Here For The Latest Price)|
|Special Features:||Sensitive tummies|
💜 Editor’s Note: Vital Proteins nails it with this one. Attractive packaging aside, collagen sourced from only pasture-raised, grass-fed cows ensures you’re getting the highest quality.
3. NutriBear Collagen Powder
NutriBear bear-lieves only in using bare products that carry active, natural and rich ingredients, so you can be sure that this collagen does not contain any filler ingredients. Extracted from freshwater fish scales, The Bear Essential (name of their collagen product) contains higher-than-average amounts of glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, alanine and arginine, which makes differences more noticeable and helps effects take place quicker! (👉 Read more about NutriBear Collagen HERE)
|Overall Rating:||5/5 (>40 ratings)|
|Price:||From RM155.00 for 250g (🌞 BTW, you can use code “bunny10” to get 10% off for your Bear Essential!)|
|Special Features:||Has a molecular weight of 2,500 daltons for easier absorption, benefits skin, hair, nails, muscles and joints primarily|
💜 Editor’s Note: Don’t worry, you won’t smell like a fish after consuming this pure hydrolyzed fish collagen – it’s tasteless and perfect to mix into your preferred beverage (or food if you prefer)!
4. Beauxlim Collagen Mix With Pomegranate
Pomegranate has long been touted as a superfood for its antioxidant effects which protects skin cells against harmful UVA and UVB rays. This collagen drink combines the benefits of both this superfood and marine collagen into one easy-to-use portable sachet.The addition of tea polyphenols goes the extra mile in ensuring this drink is one sun damage blaster for sure!
|Overall Rating:||4.5/5 (>65 Ratings)|
|Price:||From RM105.00 for 45 sachets (🌞 Check Here For The Latest Price)|
|Special Features:||Pomegranate extract and tea polyphenols for prevention against UV rays|
💜 Editor’s Note: We love how this fruity collagen drink combines both collagen and pomegranate, well-known magic-makers in the beauty industry. The focus on sun damage and antioxidant prevention is also a refreshing take on the usual collagen drink.
5. NH Colla-Plus 3 Collagen Drink
A very popular collagen drink containing 5000mg of hydrolyzed (this is important! – it means it’s been broken down for easier digestion) marine collagen coupled with antioxidants like red grape juice concentrate and natural vitamin C. NH Colla-Plus is formulated in Japan using a unique method called Spray Drying to help break down the molecules further and ensure optimum absorption.
|Overall Rating:||4.6/5 (>65 ratings)|
|Price:||From RM85 for 12 bottles (🌞 Check Here For The Latest Price)|
|Special Features:||Red grape juice concentrate for antioxidants, natural vitamin C, spray drying formulation method|
💜 Editor’s Note: Perfect if you’re worried that your body might not be able to digest all the good stuff.
6. Asahi Perfect Asta Collagen Powder
Did you know Asahi has a range of collagen powders? Well, now you do! The Japanese brand has a range of collagen drinks but the Perfect Asta is one we can reckon with! “Perfect” in the way which it contains 12 different beneficial ingredients from added fiber for better digestion to hyaluronic acid to hydrate and moisturize skin. But if you’d rather have your daily collagen intake in dessert form however, Asahi also has a range of yummy collagen jellies as well!
|Overall Rating:||4.8/5 (>5 Ratings)|
|Price:||From RM89.00 for 222g (🌞 Check Here For The Latest Price)|
|Special Features:||Lactic-acid bacilli, glucosamine, CoQ10, vitamin C, Hyaluronic acid, Herbs|
💜 Editor’s Note: For the woman who wants an all-in-one beauty solution!
7. Biogreen O’Young Natural Collagen Drink
This is something a little different, but we at LaceyBunny want to make sure we cater to everyone! If you’re vegetarian / vegan or simply want to get your collagen from plant-based sources, Biogreen’s O’Young will be right up your alley. With a completely au-naturel ingredient list including organic soy protein, linden leaf powder, flax seeds, psyllium husk and black sesame, it also acts as a quick, filling breakfast drink! Plus, most of the ingredients are certified organic by the USDA!
|Overall Rating:||5/5 (>3 ratings)|
|Price:||From RM102 for 400g (🌞 Check Here For The Latest Price)|
|Special Features:||Vegan-friendly, protein-rich|
💜 Editor’s Note: The best collagen drink in Malaysia for plant-based athletes!
8. Shiseido The Collagen Drink
Shiseido is a popular option for ladies looking for a reputable brand to trust their collagen needs. Shiseido’s “The Collagen” is available in many forms – bottle, powder, tablets or even in the form of a fruity instant smoothie! The bottled version in particular caught our eye thanks to its unique patented ingredient formula. With its delish mixed fruit flavor, you wouldn’t have guessed its made from fish collagen and includes the addition of hidden treasures like hyaluronic acid and royal jelly!
|Overall Rating:||4.5/5 (<5 ratings)|
|Price:||From RM120 for 10 bottles (🌞 Check Here For The Latest Price)|
|Special Features:||Cowberry, Amla extract, royal jelly|
💜 Editor’s Note: Choose this if you want to be consistent with the brand of collagen drink you’re taking, but want to be able to change the method of intake from time to time.
9. Sports Research Collagen Peptides
Thus far in 2019, this collagen drink has been taking the world by storm. It may not look like your average collagen drink, with a million different fancy ingredients, but that’s how you know it does what it promises! Unlike most of the collagen drinks in this list, this one is derived from bovine sources. (Read: Cows) It’s also 3rd party certified by the Paleo & Keto Foundation, and non-GMO verified by the IGEN program. And if you’d prefer a flavored option, have a go at their vanilla and chocolate flavors!
|Overall Rating:||4.7/5 (>5 ratings)|
|Price:||From RM148.00 for 454g (🌞 Check Here For The Latest Price)|
|Special Features:||Bovine sources, odorless|
💜 Editor’s Note: Get this if you’re looking for an effective no-frills option!
10. Lennox Firm Up Plus Collagen Drink
Boasting 5000mg of hydrolyzed marine collagen, Lennox Firm Up also contains 100mg of Q10 in each bottle. If you didn’t know, Q10 is a co-enzyme with antioxidant benefits! As for the taste? Japanese Kyoho grape concentrate is used. Yes, those giant, overpriced grapes none of us can afford to splurge on! If that isn’t enough to spark your interest, perhaps the price will, as it’s considerably cheaper than most of its counterparts on the market.
|Overall Rating:||4.9/5 (>35 ratings)|
|Price:||From RM62.90 for 16+4 bottles (🌞 Check Here For The Latest Price)|
|Special Features:||Kyoho grape juice concentrate, Q10 co-enzyme|
💜 Editor’s Note: One of the best collagen drinks for skin in Malaysia worth trying. Certainly helps that it tastes of yummy grape juice!
So, How Often Should We Drink Collagen?
As always, dosage depends on the individual. Anywhere between 5g to 30g a day would be ideal. 5g is about the amount of collagen included in a serving of most collagen drinks. (5000mg = 5g) However, if you suffer from joint pain, arthritis or do heavy lifting often, it might be beneficial to lean more towards the 30g side. 😊
When Is The Best Time To Take Collagen Drinks?
Many argue that collagen should be taken either first thing in the morning, or right before you snooze off for the night. According to dermatologists, it doesn’t matter! Be it morning or night, as long as you’re being consistent and taking enough collagen daily, your body will thank you for it. 😁🙏
From fruity pomegranate-infused drinks to straight to the point unflavored collagen goodness, picking which collagen drink to use is tougher than actually being consistent in drinking it daily! So, do you take collagen? Let us know from your experience what results you saw and which is your trusted collagen drink! ❤💕