Collagen is a fibrous protein which, according to Smart Skincare, is the principal structural protein holding skin together. Collagen is also found in the tendons, bones and scar tissue. The amount of collagen in the skin tends to decrease with age. Many beauty companies have capitalized on this phenomenon by marketing collagen-based drink supplements. According to beauty expert Paula Begoun, these supplements may specifically target the skin, but they will increase overall collagen production in the body. However there is no evidence that these supplements have any effect on wrinkles.
Choose a drink that fits your lifestyle. For example, someone with a busy lifestyle might prefer a pre-made beverage she can keep in her purse. Additionally, pay close attention to ingredients. Some products are made from fish so vegetarians and those with allergies should beware.
Store pre-made drinks in the refrigerator. If using a mix, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing. Make the drink in advance, if approved by the manufacturer, to save time.
Drink your supplement at roughly the same time every day. Doing so will help you establish a routine and ensure that you don’t miss any doses. Consider drinking your supplement in the morning, with breakfast, or in the evening, before bed.
Continue drinking the collagen for several months. Collagen supplementation is not a quick fix and it may take several months to see results. Additionally, you may be more likely to notice a reduction in new wrinkles rather than the removal of existing wrinkles.
Take an additional collagen supplement, in pill form, if possible. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to determine if you can take additional collagen while drinking the product.