How to drink collagen for the skin

Updated December 15, 2016

Collagen is a group of proteins that occurs naturally in the human body. It's present in connective tissue, major organs, and even bones. However, when people think of collagen, many instantly think about its role in keeping skin supple and young-looking. Because the body produces decreasing amounts of collagen as it ages, drinking collagen can help keep your skin youthful, even as your body's natural supply of collagen diminishes.

Choose a collagen drink by trying a few selections to find the one you like best. Many collagen drinks use collagen extracted from fish, so you may detect a bit of a fishy after-taste in some drinks. Some are Toki, Pokka Collagen Water and The Collagen. Because many of these drinks come from Japan, you must order them online and pay for shipping, so take cost into consideration when choosing a drink.

Place a week's supply of drinks in your fridge so that you can easily reach for a chilled one in the morning.

Establish a routine for taking your collagen drink so that you don't forget to take it. For instance, you may decide to grab one in the morning while you're reaching for a yoghurt to take with you to the office, and then have one at night with your dinner or right before bed.

Continue your routine, despite the fact that you may not see the quick results you expect. The truth is that collagen consumed in drinks is broken down by the body, so you won't see your wrinkles miraculously disappear. However, drinking collagen does support the body's ability to make its own collagen, so you may be slowing down the appearance of new wrinkles.

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Cynthia Gomez has been writing and editing professionally for more than a decade. She is currently an editor at a major publishing company, where she works on various trade journals. Gomez also spent many years working as a newspaper reporter. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northeastern University.