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Discover the best collagen supplements – plus, what are the benefits?

Celebrities from Victoria Beckham to Jennifer Aniston swear by collagen powders and capsules

If you follow Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston or Amanda Holden on Instagram, chances are you'll have seen them singing the praises of collagen supplements.

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Collagen sales have been steadily on the rise. Last year, collagen was one of the top-selling products on Amazon among HELLO! readers - and according to the Boots Beauty Trend Report 2021, the retailer saw a 1,570 per cent increase in searches for collagen on their website that year, and for good reason.

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Collagen is the building block of healthy skin, keeping it looking plump and youthful, but as we age our collagen supplies decline sharply. From the age of 20, we produce about 1 per cent less collagen per year and by the time we turn 50, most of us will have lost about 50 per cent of the collagen in our skin – yikes!

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Luckily, help is at hand in the form of collagen supplements. Be it in powder, pill or gel form, collagen supplements reduce the rate at which our own collagen breaks down and help support our own production for plumper, juicier skin.

Collagen comes in bovine and marine formulations, as well as a vegan option. Our vote goes for marine collagen, as Jessica Sepel of supplement brand JS Health explains: "Marine collagen is absorbed up to 1.5 times more efficiently into the body, which means that it is more bioavailable than bovine collagen.

"As it is absorbed more efficiently and enters the bloodstream faster, it is considered a superior form of collagen," Jessica continues. Look for marine collagen that is wild and deep-sea sourced rather than farmed.

Collagen can be added to smoothies, water, coffee or food

What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein found in the body. It strengthens the skin and promotes elasticity and hydration. It also acts as the glue that holds ligaments, joints and bones together - hence why it's often referred to as a building block of skin.

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What are the benefits of collagen supplements?

Studies have shown that collagen supplements can support collagen production, to keep skin looking glowing and plump. But you have to be consistent. Take your supplements for 12 weeks to see results, Jessica Sepel advises.

Best collagen supplements to try

Jennifer Aniston & Kourtney Kardashian's collagen of choice

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, £27.89 / $31.04, Amazon


Friends star Jennifer Aniston is a huge fan of collagen – and after using the Vital Proteins collagen powder for years, she teamed up with the brand as the Chief Creative Officer. Poosh lifestyle guru Kourtney Kardashian is another celebrity who backs the popular collagen supplements. This particular one is bovine collagen, but they also offer marine collagen and a collagen creamer to add to your coffee.

Khloe Kardashian's collagen powder

Dose & Co Collagen Protein Powder, £17.99 / $29.38, 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. It's another one to add to your coffee to pimp your caffeine.

The nutritionist-backed collagen powder

Collagen Nourish + Glow powder, £44.99, JS Health


What JS Health founder nutritionist Jessica Sepel doesn't know about supplements isn't worth knowing. She's an oracle when it comes to health and wellbeing, and it shows in the positive reviews of her stellar supplement range. 

Sweeping the board with nothing but five stars, JS Health's collagen powder is made from marine collagen and 10-science-backed ingredients, blended together to help with fine lines, hydration and that coveted glow we all crave. JS Health just launched in Boots in the UK, so hotfoot it to your local store to see the whole impressive range. 

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The insider's favourite collagen supplements

Advanced Nutrition Skin Collagen Support, £33.99, Face The Future


Beauty insiders sing the praises of Advanced Nutrition's supplements for  delivering what they promise - and more. The brand's collagen support capsules include a clever cocktail of vitamin C, zinc, grapeseed extract, MSM and melon concentrate to activate your skin's collagen.

The plant-based collagen capsules 

Ingenious Vegan Collagen Capsules, £48, Ingenious


Ingenious collagen works to strengthen hair and nails, supple joints, and reduce fine lines, with 30-day to 90-day subscriptions available. There are three options to choose - Beauty, Active or Vegan supplements - with the vegan collagen being 100% naturally derived and made from entirely natural ingredients. 

The collagen brand Amanda Holden loves

Revive Collagen Enhanced Plus, from £39.99, 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 probiotic collagen drink

The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost, £25.60 (WAS £32) , Sephora


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, £30.59, 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!

The best collagen supplement to add to food

Bare Biology Skinful Collagen Powder, £35 / $29.99, Amazon


Bare Biology's collagen powder is made from ethically-sourced hydrolysed wild codfish skin. It's ideal for adding to your cooking because unlike others collagens, the peptides can withstand high heat. Bare Biology also do this powder in a tasty strawberry flavour to jazz up water.

Best-selling top-rated collagen powder

Wellguard Collagen Powder, £17.99 / $19.99, Amazon


Wellgard's collagen offering has close to 10k positive ratings on Amazon, where it's listed as a best seller. It contains high levels of the eight essential amino acids featuring small bioavailable collagen peptides which are easily absorbed. It dissolves very easily in cold water, with no lumps and bumps and is virtually tasteless and odourless.

The plant-based collagen powder

Your Super Plant Collagen, £21.85, Amazon


This plant-based superfood powder contains ingredients known to support collagen production for the appearance of healthy skin. It has tocos - a source of vitamin E, pea protein, the antioxidant tremella, lucuma, vanilla and Aloe Vera, which regenerates skin. It tastes great as a creamer in lattes, smoothies & oatmeal

Collagen supplements with added vitamin C & E

Your Super Plant Collagen, £21.85, Amazon


If you're looking for all the benefits of collagen, but with an added boost, this is the one. These supplements have added Açaí, Aloe Vera, Blueberry, Turmeric & Kelp - complemented with Bamboo (Silica) & Black Pepper. The reviews say these supplements are really great for dealing with wrinkles and fine lines.

The collagen with MSM

Collagen MSM, £31.99, Reverse Life


Reverse Life's new MSM collagen contains Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin D3, along with 1,000mg of MSM for enhanced joint health and anti-aging results. Packed with active ingredients that work to advance the health of skin, hair, nails, and bones, the sugar-free daily collagen works to help you feel good from the inside out. 

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