If you don't yet know about the importance of collagen for the skin, get to know. Collagen is responsible for skin strength and elasticity, meaning that a lack of it can leave your face looking tired, which is no wonder why it's a hit with the likes of Victoria Beckham, the Kardashians and Jennifer Aniston.
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This is where collagen supplements come in, giving your levels a boost and working to restore the firmness of your skin. Learn everything there is to know about this wonder ingredient and discover the very best skin-loving collagen supplements in capsule, powder and drink form…
What is collagen?
Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in your body. It works by strengthening the skin and promoting elasticity and hydration, while collagen synthesis reduces at a rate of 1.5% a year after the age of 25 – at which point, signs of ageing will become more visible. Besides ageing, UV exposure and environmental stressors such as smoking and alcohol can cause a decline in collagen production. It also acts as the glue that holds ligaments, joints and bones together.
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What are the benefits of collagen supplements?
Several studies have shown that collagen supplements can slow the ageing process, but inconsistency will hinder results. A study in the Natural Medicine Journal proved that women who took a collagen supplement saw a significant improvement in hyperpigmentation spots and pore size after six months.
Best collagen supplements to try
Skinade ambassador Paul Banwell concurs that collagen supplements should be taken for a minimum of 30 days to see a difference. Bedding into a regular routine of consumption is vital, but science shows promising evidence for those who maintain one. If you'd like to get started, here's our edit of the best collagen supplements to try.
Jennifer Aniston & Kourtney Kardashian's go-to collagen powder
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, £39.99 / $45.68, Amazon
Friends star Jennifer Aniston is a huge fan of collagen – and after using the Vital Proteins collagen powder for years, she finally teamed up with the brand as the Chief Creative Officer. Poosh lifestyle guru Kourtney Kardashian is another celebrity who backs the popular collagen supplements, and even has her own collab, Vital Proteins x Poosh.
The protein+collagen powder Khloe Kardashian swears by
Dose & Co Collagen Protein Powder, £29.99 / $41.54, Amazon
Already use a protein powder to boost your levels before or after a workout? This one has added collagen to support your skin, hair and nails, too. Each serving contains 20g of protein and 10g of collagen in a tasty vanilla flavour to get you glowing from within.
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Wellgard gold standard collagen powder, £19.99, Amazon
This Wellgard collagen powder is an Amazon bestseller, full of high levels of amino acids and antioxidants. Simply add to your tea, coffee, smoothie or soup and get ready to glow.
The daily collagen shots to add to your diet
Boost Me 7-day collagen shots, £20.95, Swisse Me
This handy shot contains your daily fix of collagen, plus a burst of orange for your Vitamin A and C needs. Perfect for a quick addition to your morning routine, or pop in your bag and take it on the go. Plus, HELLO! readers get 30% off the brand's best-selling collagen products - simply add promo code HELLOMAG at checkout.
The triple hit collagen capsules
120 Marine Collagen capsules, £21.78,
SuperSelf's supplement combines marine collagen with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C for a potent blend offering the recommended daily dose of each complex. In particular, the collagen has been specifically chosen for its highly absorbable properties, with peptides derived from fish. The brand also prides itself on a non-GMO production approach, free from preservatives, gluten, dairy and hormones.
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The insider's favourite collagen supplements
Advanced Nutrition Skin Collagen Support, £40, Harvey Nichols
Beauty insider's swear by Advanced Nutrition's supplements for actually delivering what they promise - and more. Their collagen support capsules include a clever cocktail of Vitamin C, zinc, grapeseed extract, MSM and melon concentrate to activate your skin's collagen.
The collagen drink with a celebrity clientele
Skinade Holiday Bundle (20 bottles and 10 travel sachets), £111.99, Face The Future
Skinade counts Victoria Beckham, Millie Mackintosh and Kardashian hairstylist Jen Atkin among its fans. Each bottle contains 7000mg of high-grade collagen peptides with no artificial colours or flavouring and less than 35 calories. While it doesn’t come cheap, it's scientifically proven that liquids are more readily absorbed than solids (though this is not prescriptive), and Skinade's loyal celebrity following confirms its credentials.
The collagen brand Amanda Holden loves
Revive Collagen Enhanced Plus, from £33.99, Revive Collagen
Amanda Holden takes her Revive Collagen sachets every day, and often shares snaps with fans on Instagram.
Of her partnership with the brand, she said: "Collagen products have been a go-to beauty essential for many years. When I discovered Revive Collagen I was blown away by the quality of their product and their sustainability credentials."
The 'Enhanced Plus' range contains 10,000mg of marine collagen per serving, as well as keratin, retinol and a number of health-boosting vitamins.
The collagen capsules with an Australian approach to wellness
Swisse Beauty Glowing Skin, £32.63, Amazon
It’s well-known that Australians know a thing or two about a healthy lifestyle. From sun safety to outdoor exercise, they have led the way globally in many areas of health and wellness – and now it's all about Swisse. With global ambassadors Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky, it's one of Australia’s leading wellness brands. The Beauty Glowing Skin tablets with hyaluronic acid and collagen peptides contain vitamin C which helps to support the production of collagen, and copper and beta carotene.
The collagen capsules created by a world-famous makeup artist
Evolution_18 Beauty Glow 60 Capsules, £10, Boots
World-renowned make-up artist Bobbi Brown launched her wellness venture, Evolution_18, shortly after stepping aside from her eponymous label in 2016. Sceptics erred on the side of caution with claims her expertise was on the exterior (i.e. what we put on our face as opposed to inside), but her range of collagen supplements have well and truly put paid to concerns. The Evolution_18 Glow Capsules contain a potent blend of vitamins, hyaluronic acid and grape seed extract that helps repair skin and improve texture and radiance.
The probiotic collagen drink
The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost, from £16, Cult Beauty
Created by Bondi-based stylist-turned-Beauty Chef founder Carla Oates, this bio-fermented probiotic drink is packed full of collagen. Like 'skincare in a bottle' it works to support your skin’s moisture levels and elasticity from the inside out. It's sugar-free, gluten-free and suitable for vegans.
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The collagen drink loved by TV stars
Absolute Collagen liquid sachets, £33.99, Amazon
Made from marine collagen and brightening vitamin C, it's no wonder that Absolute Collagen sachets are a go-to morning ritual for Nadia Sawalha. The Loose Women star revealed she adds it to her homemade bone broth at least three times a week to help her skin, nails and hair. Plus, it comes in tasty lemon, raspberry or mango and mandarin flavours!
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