We’re no strangers to collagen supplements that claim to plump and firm the skin. Yet, many skincare companies that make collagen supplements are unable to produce studies or research to demonstrate that the collagen ingested even go to the skin. As a result of the large molecular size of collagen, they are broken down by the digestive system into amino acids before getting absorbed into the bloodstream (like the rest of the food we ingest). And since collagen is found in many parts of the body — including our joints, tissue linings and eyes — these amino acids might get distributed all over, depending on which part of the body requires them more. Thus, it is impossible to determine how much of the amino acids actually get distributed to the skin to improve its firmness. As a result, today’s collagen supplements are infused with other ingredients for a holistic approach towards beauty care.
In addition, brightening supplements have quickly risen in popularity thanks to ability to protect the skin against UV damage. These brightening supplements are usually formulated with concentrated doses of antioxidants so as to strengthen the skin when exposed to the sun, as well as to regulate the production of melanin so the complexion becomes clearer and more even-toned. That said, regardless of the type of beauty supplement to take, it is important to note that they are supposed to be complement a sound skincare regime, not replace topical skincare products. Here, the six best beauty supplements to try for healthier, clearer skin: