Collagen is key for smooth, plump skin yet levels of this naturally-occurring protein dwindle due to time and environmental damage caused by sun exposure. The fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity that result add years to your visage—but you can support your skin’s collagen with a bevy of supplements (and after years of dermatologists saying ingestible collagen isn’t able to make its way to the skin, this recent study says otherwise.) Here, a few options to consider…
This 28-day regimen of daily “shots” (which can be taken alone or mixed into a beverage) works to improve the appearance of the skin by focusing on hydration, firmness and environmental protection. Formulated with collagen peptides that help reinforce the skin’s support structure, hyaluronic acid to increase moisture levels and a blend of Mediterranean polyphenols and pure astaxanthin to provide anti-inflammatory benefits and antioxidant protection, this beauty beverage strives to improve skin appearance while enhancing its ability to withstand environmental damage.
Goop Genes Marine Collagen Superpowder
With marine collagen (sourced from wild Alaskan pollock), skin-strengthening ceramides, a potent dose of antioxidant astaxanthin and aloe vera concentrate, this vanilla-flavored powder makes improving lines and wrinkles, boosting skin hydration, enhancing elasticity and smoothing surface texture a pleasure. And as an added bonus, it’s Gwyneth Paltrow-approved.
HUM Nutrition Collagen Love
For those who’d prefer to pop a beauty pill over sipping their supplement, these capsules are the way to go. Featuring three types of collagen peptides along with hydrating chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid, antioxidant-rich vitamin C and resveratrol and more, just three a day may help keep visible signs of aging at bay.
Vital Proteins Marine Collagen
Available in single-dose packets that make it easy to up your intake of skin-improving collagen, this unflavored powder also works to support healthy hair, nails, bones and joints. The easy-to-digest, bio-available formula sources its collagen from non-GMO, wild-caught snapper and it instantly dissolves in cold water, smoothies, oatmeal and just about anything else you may eat (or drink) making it perfect for when you’re on the go.
With a blend of hydrolyzed marine collagen peptides, vitamin C, MSM (a naturally occurring form of sulfur found in all living organisms), B vitamins, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids and L-lysine, this drink’s ingredients work synergistically to promote the body’s natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid. In addition to improvement in fine lines, wrinkles and skin hydration, other benefits include a boost in radiance, healthier-looking hair and nails plus a fruity peach-mangosteen flavor.
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