Ask any dermatologist about the main guilty factor in skin ageing and it’s a sure bet that the answer will be: "the sun". Constant and adequate sun protection is vital to protect the skin from the damaging UVA and UVB rays, as well as to guard it from premature ageing, wrinkles, sun spots and much more.

Therefore it was only a matter of time before the advent of a ‘wonder pill’ that can help the body to build its own sun block from within, whilst also improving the skin’s firmness and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, takes the world by storm.

Colladeen Visage is a groundbreaking little pink pill that, in 3-month clinical trials, has been found to reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth and appearance and increase the plumpness of the skin. More importantly, it has also been found to help the body build a natural barrier against the sun, equivalent to SPF10.

Sunlight causes the body to ‘switch on’ MMP enzymes in the body which break down collagen and elastin, both key to younger looking, firmer skin. The pill contains a potent mix of natural plant extracts lutein and anthocyanidin, which ‘switch off’ the MMP enzymes in the body, effectively slowing down the breakdown of the two structural proteins (collagen and elastin). As this depletion slows down, the body effectively produces more proteins than it is breaking down, and so the ageing process is effectively hindered.

While a pill such as Colladeen Visage does not replace the effectiveness of applying a high SPF topical lotion, what it does do is provide a year round base SPF, with the potential for reducing the longer ageing effects of the sun. “Plants protect themselves from sun damage with pigments such as lutein and anthocyanidins and when these are present in high quantities in our diet, we see a complex effect on the skin’s chemistry: a natural SPF is achieved”, says biochemist Dr. Samantha Christie. Plant pigments don’t hang around in the body. They gravitate to the skin where they are deposited, and help the skin to cope with UV light, suppressing the damaging effects of sunlight by neutralizing free radicals and reducing inflammation and redness.

A healthy diet including plenty of fruit and vegetable such as blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, along with lots of green leafy vegetables such as kale, and spinach and red vegetables, such as red cabbage and red onions, will also help to improve blood flow and to protect the skin from sunlight damage.

Boost a vitamin and nutrient-rich diet with the ‘wonder pill’ for optimum benefits from the inside out – but always remember that the pill cannot replace SPF lotion completely.

Colladeen Visage is available at

– Ambarina Hasan

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