Founded by James Greenwell, former GB athlete, my new beauty love is new British skincare range Proto-col. He formed the brand after he experienced the powerful effects of hydrolysed collagen on both his skin and body, when he took a course of medical-grade collagen to recover from a serious Achilles heel injury. His tendon healed in a record 21 days instead of the predicted 14 weeks and his skin was noticeably rejuvenated.
Based on that discovery, Greenwell worked with skincare expert Dr Steffan Oesser to concoct a focused range of beauty products based around boosting collagen in the skin.
Central to the range is the pioneering Collagen Facemask, £39.95, that combines the regenerative benefits of collagen, alongside coral seaweed, jojoba oil, aloe vera and hydrolysed silk. Leave it on for 10-15 for a visible difference to your skin. I found my complexion was plumped up and satiny smooth from the deep moisturisation effect. Pores were lessened and it gave a smoothing effect with blemishes and lines ‘erased’. It also feels really luxurious and rich – so great for winter months, when skin needs extra hydration. The collagen, and ingredients such as orange oil and carrot root extract, work together to brighten, tighten and fight the effects of ageing.
The Proto-col Collagen Skin Plus capsules, £31.95, work alongside the beauty products to boost the body’s own natural collagen production. The beauty supplement also includes Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, zinc for antioxidant properties and vitamins A, C, D and E. Collagen makes up 90% of skin proteins and women lose collagen at a faster rate than men during the ageing process, taking a simple supplement means you can maintain healthy levels of collagen in the skin and helps you to look and feel younger for longer. Count me in, then!