How is collagen absorbed by the body?
Are collagen supplements backed by science?
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How can I support collagen production in my skin?
- Using sun protection. Younger people like those in their 20s who are trying to be proactive — and may be touting collagen supplements on social media — should still focus on sun protection, said Natasha Atanaskova Mesinkovska, vice chair of dermatology clinical research at the University of California Irvine and the lead author of a review article on collagen supplementation.
- Avoid smoking and pollution. Deep-skin biopsies have revealed that smoking is associated with slower collagen production and an increase in an enzyme that breaks it down. Particulate matter of air pollution can produce similar outcomes of premature skin aging.
- Get your beauty sleep. Sleep deprivation has long been demonstrated to impact the appearance of our skin, and studies have found that sleep deprivation causes inflammatory changes that may indirectly impact collagen integrity.
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