On this episode of the BeautyChat, Alex speaks with Sydney based Celebrity Skin Care Therapist Ingrid Seaburn about whether a Collagen supplement will really improve our skin.

The lovely Ingrid Seaburn

About Ingrid

Ingrid is a former LA based celebrity skincare therapist, health and beauty expert who is now living back in her hometown of Sydney. With over 15 years experience working with some of Hollywood’s biggest A list celebrities, including the Desperate Housewives ladies, she was known as the “go to girl” for great skin!

Since returning to Sydney, Ingrid’s knowledge and expertise on all things health and beauty have seen her contribute to media outlets nationwide, including a regular stint on Network Ten’s Studio Ten as their health and beauty expert. She has a gorgeous studio in Bondi with a devoted list of Aussie celebrity clients.

What is Collagen?

Ingrid explains that collagen is a fibrous protein that is found and manufactured in our dermis. Collagen is held together with elastin and connective tissues and it gives us that lovely plumping look and essential structural support that we all love!

From the age of 28, your production of collagen declines by 1% every year. Collagen can’t be bought in a cream instead you have to stimulate the production of collagen in your skin to improve.

Lots of things affect the production of collagen including UV rays from the sun, poor diet (sugar) and poor lifestyle choices including alcohol and smoking.

What Does The Research Show?

There are several studies that show taking collagen supplements for several months can improve skin elasticity as well as signs of ageing. Others have shown that consuming collagen can also increase density in bones weakened with age and can improve joint pain. But many of these studies are small and funded by the companies that make the product so it makes it a little harder to really know if it really makes an impact.

There is however a study from 2019 in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology that found (from double-blind placebo) that collagen could increase skin elasticity, collagen density and overall hydration.

What Does Ingrid Think?

Collagen is something that your own body produces itself so you really want to focus on things that will help you ramp up its production. There are 2 different types of collagen contained in collagen supplements: marine based and biovine or animal based collagen. Marine based collagen is the supplements that many people are going crazy for and it is primarily made from fish scales.

Ingrid believes that there is some evidence that marine collagen can reach your dermis and can have some impact on your rate of collagen production. She doesn’t believe the biovine collagen is as effective.

But the question is – how much of it is absorbed? And how much impact does it really have?

Ingrid believes that there are better ways to boost collagen production that are scientifically proven especially retinald­ehyde – the ready available form of Vitamin A.

But if you are spending 100’s of dollars on collagen supplements then she thinks you would be wise to spend your money on products that contribute to the production of collagen.

The Girls Favourite Luxe/Less Products

In each episode, Alex (and her guest) share their favourite luxe and less products. Here are the girls’ favourite products of the moment:


Less – Cetaphil Pro Acne Oil Free Facial Moisturising Lotion with an SPF – around $19. Perfect non greasy moisturiser that sits on the skin nicely – for hot days with an SPF of 25.

Luxe – Catalyst from Osmosis – DNA Repair Serum – $195


Less – Australis Primer – The Original – $17

Luxe – Osmosis Correct Serum – $150

You can listen to Alex and Ingrid’s chat below or on your favourite podcast app:

Thanks for the BeautyChat everyone! See you next time.

Alex xx