Collagen is a type of protein that can be found in the human body’s tissues, tendons, bones, ligaments, gyms, eyes and most importantly, skin.
The purpose of the protein is to add structure and strength to your skin and other tissues, and collagen supplements and skincare are supposed to make your skin look more plump and youthful.
Your body makes its own collagen, but it produces 1 percent less collagen each year from the age of 20.
Your body needs a range of amino acids to produce collagen, so it won’t hurt to increase your uptake of amino acids.
According to the experts at Holland and Barrett, you can get these amino acids from protein-rich foods such as lean meat, fish, nuts, seeds, soy products like tofu, beans, legumes and dairy products e.g. cheese, eggs, milk and yoghurt.
Bone broth is thought to super-charge your body’s collagen levels, even though it doesn’t actually contain collagen.
Collagen supplements can come from several sources such as marine collagen and bovine collagen, and taking it in supplement form can help to prevent premature ageing.
If you don’t like taking supplements, try mixing collagen powder such as Vida Glow’s Marine Collagen Sachets (£43), into your water, teas and smoothies to stimulate collagen production.