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No doubt you have heard of adding collagen to your diet. You may even be sipping on a beverage with collagen powder mixed in right now. The collagen craze is so popular that it has been listed as the top dietary trend of 2018. And why not? Why wouldn’t you want to turn back the clock on skin aging by simply adding a few scoops of collagen powder into your diet each day? But is all this collagen actually helping your skin, or is it more hype than help? Let’s take a look.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is responsible for giving structure to hair, skin and nails along with bones, tendons and ligaments. When it comes to skin health, collagen is what gives skin its elasticity, helping to maintain a more youthful, radiant texture and tone. I get why you want more collagen, but here’s the down side of ingesting collagen as a supplement.

The body can’t absorb collagen whole. When you take collagen as a supplement, it gets broken down into a variety of amino acids, just like all proteins you ingest, and then the body uses these amino acids where it needs them. Some may end up in your skin, building more collagen, but not all. In fact, there is very little evidence to support that oral collagen supplements improve skin elasticity or texture. The only benefit may be a lighter wallet after paying up for this expensive protein, and that isn’t necessarily the result you were hoping for.

If you want to know what really can help improve your skin, forget the collagen powders and turn your attention to the powerful antioxidant vitamin C. Since this vitamin plays an essential role in the creation of collagen, having too little vitamin C in the diet can mean your body cannot create or store collagen. As an added bonus, thanks to its antioxidant properties, vitamin C protects skin from free radical damage, which can be brought about by chemicals and toxins in our environment and diet and can accelerate premature aging.

Factors such as stress, poor diet, and behaviors such as smoking can all reduce the circulating vitamin C levels in your body and therefore reduce your ability to produce collagen. Adding supplemental vitamin C daily can be an excellent way to make sure you are meeting your needs to protect yourself against declining collagen production. If you want to improve your skin, then consider adding Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin Nails liquid to your morning routine. The combination of vitamin C along with silica works together to assist in collagen formation and provide nutrients to support hair, skin and nails. In addition, the blood orange extract gives the liquid a refreshing, tart flavor while adding in additional antioxidants. Just two teaspoons per day is all you need. You can enjoy it alone or added into a smoothie or even on top of your favorite yogurt.

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If you want to improve the appearance of your skin, focus on building beautiful skin from the inside out. Make a daily effort to reduce stress, drink plenty of water and add Ultiboost Hair Skin Nails to your morning routine. And make sure to share your progress with us!

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As the go-to expert on all things nutrition and diabetes, Erin Palinski-Wade is one of the most quoted dietitians in the country and a sought-after speaker, spokesperson and media source. She has authored four books including the bestselling 2 Day Diabetes Diet and Belly Fat Diet For Dummies. Erin has appeared on shows including The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors and The Early Show and regularly contributes to BravoTV, FoodNetwork, FoxNews and Prevention. She currently juggles her time between freelance writing for publications such as Diabetes Forecast and EverydayHealth.com, motivating audiences as a high-energy keynote speaker, and seeing clients in her private practice in New Jersey.