Best collagen supplements UK 2023, tested by our skincare experts

Best collagen supplements UK 2023 tested by our skincare experts

<h2 class=”body-h2″><strong>What is collagen?</strong> </h2><p>Collagen is the structural protein that adds density and plumpness to the skin, making it seem smoother and more taut. Our own internal collagen production starts slowing down from our mid-twenties, but if you’re keen to put the bounce back into your skin, and your twenties feel like a long time ago, hope is not lost. It’s time to try some of our best collagen supplements.</p><h2 class=”body-h2″><strong>What does collagen do for the body?</strong> </h2><p>Not only good for boosting skin elasticity, collagen can also improve joint, bone, gut, <a href=”” target=”_blank”>nail</a> and <a href=”” target=”_blank”>hair</a> health. This makes collagen supplements especially complementary to the symptoms of the <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>menopause</a> and <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>perimenopause</a>, from aching joints to flaking nails.</p><h2 class=”body-h2″><strong>How do we increase our collagen production?</strong> </h2><p>The good news is that there are many ways to boost your collagen production, from topical application of collagen-containing creams and serums, to drinking or eating it in the form of gummies, bars, liquid sachets or powdered drinks. </p><p>In theory, anyway. Experts don’t always agree on what’s possible (debate rages over the size of the collagen molecule and its ability to be absorbed into the skin, or to travel safely through the digestive system), but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that says collagen supplements<em> do</em> contribute to stronger and faster hair and <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>nail growth</a>, as well as noticeably dewier and more resilient skin. So, they’re probably worth a try. </p><h2 class=”body-h2″><strong>How d</strong>o collagen supplements work? </h2><p>Most collagen drinks and supplements claim to increase collagen levels in the skin by hardwiring the protein, in the form of collagen peptides or ‘hydrolysed collagen’, to go straight to the stomach. Here, they are broken down into amino acids during digestion, absorbed into your system and used by your body to build collagen or other required proteins. </p><p>Collagen supplements stay in your body for around two weeks, meaning you’ll only feel the effects if you use them regularly. Our tip? Make remembering as easy for yourself as possible by incorporating your chosen supplements into your morning <a href=”” target=”_blank”>skincare</a> or breakfast routine.<br></p><h2 class=”body-h2″>Where does collagen come from?</h2><p>It’s worth noting that bovine collagen supplements have made the news recently for their contribution to biodiversity issues in tropical regions (from where the ingredients are sourced). If you’re keen to steer clear of these, we’d recommend opting for a marine collagen supplement instead. We’ve differentiated between them in our ‘key specifications’ to make your research that little bit more manageable.</p><h2 class=”body-h2″><strong>How we test</strong> </h2><p>The Good Housekeeping Institute<em> </em>team recruited 195 panel members to trial 13 brands of collagen supplements over a period of three months. We asked them to assess taste, ease of use and performance such as improvements in skin, hair and nail condition, after taking each product as instructed. Testers noted how quickly they saw improvements and submitted feedback every four weeks. <br></p><p>The next stop was the GHI<em> </em>lab, where our in-house experts used the VISIA Skin Analysis machine to assess changes in fine lines, wrinkles, texture and browns spots, giving each of these skin goals a score out of five for each product. </p><p>Let’s look at the results of the best collagen supplements.</p>” />

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