How to Drink Collagen for the Skin

It seems as if collagen is everywhere these days. You've probably heard different things about the best way to drink collagen powder, and it might seem confusing to try to sort through the conflicting advice. But if you take a closer look at the research, you can figure out the correct collagen supplement daily dosage for your skin.

Drink collagen as part of your daily routine. (Image: Dirima/iStock/GettyImages)

Tip

Take between 2.5 and 5 grams (or your supplement’s suggested serving size) of collagen per day to see your best results in skin hydration, elasticity and wrinkle reduction.

Benefits of Collagen

First of all, what exactly is collagen, and what are its benefits? Collagen peptides are animal proteins found in the skin, muscles and bones. They're responsible for skin elasticity and firmness, which is why taking collagen supplements can reduce signs of aging and help keep your skin glowy and soft.

A 2018 study in the journal Nutrients found that oral collagen supplements could increase skin hydration, decrease wrinkling and improve elasticity, with no adverse collagen side effects. Other studies have also shown promise in using collagen to reduce visible signs of aging.

When to Take Collagen Protein

This is where the science gets murkier. You might have heard some people swear by taking collagen in the morning on an empty stomach. Others love taking it in a capsule before bed. But to date, no studies have shown that one time of day, or one particular method, will provide better results than another.

Your stomach can absorb collagen whether you take it with food or without. The most important thing is that you're taking collagen on a routine that's easy for you to remember — whether it be a scoop of powder in your morning smoothie or a capsule at night before you hit the pillow.

Collagen Supplement Daily Dosage

As with all dietary supplements, the Food and Drug Administration recommends that you talk with a health care professional before starting to take a new supplement regularly. Because supplement dosages do not have to be FDA-approved, it's important to do your own research about the proper amount to take per day.

The best way to drink collagen powder is to take somewhere between 2.5 grams to 5 grams daily, according to most studies. If your specific collagen supplement has a serving size, try sticking within that serving size each day. As with most supplements, the benefits don't increase the more that you take; in fact, the National Institute of Health warns that taking too high a dosage of supplements can be detrimental to your health.

Maximize the Benefits

Finally, don't expect collagen to be a miracle cure for your skin all on its own. While the scientific studies about it have been promising, research into collagen is still in early stages, so it's best to rely on multiple methods of skin protection to keep you looking and feeling your best. Practice a regular skincare regimen, wear sunscreen and eat nutrient-dense foods to care for your body inside and out.

Collagen, when taken correctly, can be a valuable addition to your skincare routine. Take it whenever is convenient for you, and stick within the recommended serving size, and you're in great shape to reap the benefits of this trendy nutritional powerhouse.

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