We know, we know, we’ve been talking a whole lot about collagen this year. But what can we say? We love a good youth-booster—and this amino acid-rich protein is leading the pack in that respect. For those of you who are just tuning in, we cannot get enough of this stuff and all the good things it does for our skin, hair, and body. Here’s why!

WHY COLLAGEN?

As you age, your body’s natural collagen reserves start to deplete. This means your skin will lose its strength and elasticity, and your hair follicles can shrink and weaken. This depletion can ultimately lead to dull skin, wrinkles and fine lines, hair fall and thinning, and other common signs of aging. That’s why, for those of us who hope to gracefully transition from youth to maturity, upping our collagen intake is an absolute must! Because beyond keeping our looks bright, we also need collagen to swerve any age-related aches and pains.

WHERE CAN YOU GET YOUR FIX?


Fortunately, going on a diet of bone broth isn’t the only way to get collagen in your life. For your daily dose, you’ll find a lot of creative sources in the beauty and health markets (and we really do mean a lot). Start with our 9 suggestions below, which will cover your intake from top to toe!

1. HAIR MASK
A lack of collagen wreaks havoc on your hair, making it extra brittle and more likely to fall out. Strengthen your strands with a collagen-infused hair mask—it’ll return your worn-out mane to its lustrous glory.

TRY: Urban Care Collagen and Keratin Hair Care Mask, P249

2. FACIAL SOAP
A natural illuminator, collagen can give you a glow like no other. Opt for gentle facial soaps that have it in their ingredients lists. With regular use, you won’t even need highlighter to look dewy-fresh!

TRY: Lumiere Organiceuticals 24K Gold Facial Soap with Gooseberry & Collagen, P280

3. TONER
Toning is essential to maintaining your skin’s pH balance. Translation: you need it if you want to keep gray skin at bay. Toners that are replete with collagen not only improve skin tone, they also make your skin extra supple.

TRY: Esfolio Collagen Daily Toner, P799

4. EMULSION
Emulsions fall somewhere between creams and serums, acting like lightweight moisturizers for your face. Collagen-enriched emulsions take it a step further by brightening and taking care of your wrinkles in one fell swoop.

TRY: Mizon Collagen Power Lifting EX Emulsion, P950

5. BODY WASH
For baby-smooth skin all over, spring for collagen body washes. Besides thoroughly ridding your skin of all surface dirt, these cleansers are also deeply hydrating. See, who said proper body care has to be fussy?

TRY: ivi Premium Collagen Body Wash, P895

6. HAND CREAM
Rough, dry hands are an indicator of undernourished skin. Thankfully, the remedy is simple (and portable!). Reach for a collagen-rich hand cream and you’ll quickly revive even the most calloused of palms.

TRY: 3W Clinic Collagen Hand Cream, P100

7. TABLETS
Supplements are one of the more popular means to boost your collagen intake. You can pop a few tablets a day and you’ll be glowing like the best of ‘em! Consensus is split on exactly when you should take them—but “whenever you can” sounds about right to us!

TRY: Shiseido Collagen Tablets, P3,500

8. POWDER
Prefer to sip your amino acids? Go for a soluble collagen powder. Ingestible collagen transforms you from the inside, delivering nutrients straight to your organs. And if you’re in a good state internally, chances are it’ll show on the outside, too.

TRY: Neocell Derma Matrix Collagen Skin Complex Powder (6.46 oz), P1,699

9. COFFEE
For a choice that helps with weight loss and free radical damage, there’s always green coffee. This particular variation comes with collagen straight from Korea and is mixed with other skin-brighteners like glutathione and acai. So much better than your regular cuppa!

TRY: Ultra Green Coffee® CollagenPlus, P850

So, which collagen booster will you be going for?

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