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Can a daily scoop of collagen powder really improve your skin?
- By Kelly Bilodeau, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch
There is evidence that collagen supplements help improve your skin, but individual studies have been small, and supplement quality varies.
Can a scoop of powder stirred into your drink really make you look younger? That’s the claim made by manufacturers of collagen supplements, which are being widely promoted as a way to improve skin health and to banish wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Collagen is a crucial protein that serves as a building block not only for your skin, but also your tendons, ligaments, bones, and cartilage. It acts as scaffolding, giving your skin structure, which is why your skin starts to sag and wrinkle as collagen levels decline with age.
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Kelly Bilodeau, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch
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