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The #1 Best Supplement for Younger Skin, Expert Says

Keep your skin looking its best with this supplement.
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Supplements can offer you various valuable benefits that you surely appreciate. Some supplements can boost your immunity while others give you a boost of energy. There are also supplements that can help you lose weight as well as some that can keep you feeling and looking younger.

As for the latter, there's a particular supplement that happens to be the best option when it comes to one aspect of slowing the effects of aging: Helping your skin stay in its best—that is, smoothest, softest, and supplest—condition.

Read on to find out an expert's top pick, and then check out The #1 Best Juice to Drink Every Day, Says Science.

collagen supplements

The best supplement for younger skin is collagen, according to Dr. Cheryl Rosen, board-certified dermatologist and the director of dermatology at

"Collagen is a naturally-occurring protein that helps keep skin looking smooth, taut, and elastic," Rosen tells Eat This, Not That! "It also helps to maintain the moisture level in [the] skin, preventing it from becoming dry or flaky. As we age, our body produces less collagen, which can lead to wrinkles and other signs of aging."

Rosen explains how collagen effectively keeps skin looking younger, saying that the supplements "deliver key nutrients directly to the skin cells" which "helps to promote collagen production, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines, and improve overall skin health."

At the same time, Rosen notes that there are a few things you need to know about collagen, including the fact that it's safe for most people, but there are some risks associated with it, including allergic reactions and constipation. This is why you need to discuss your options with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplements.

"The benefits of collagen are usually seen after long-term use," Rosen says. "Be patient, and stick with it."

Rosen also points out that due to the fact that there is a range of collagen supplements that you can choose from, it's important to do your research and find the one that's best for you.

"There is no one-size-fits-all, as the best way to take collagen supplements will vary depending on the person," Rosen says. "However, in general, it is recommended to take collagen supplements daily, and either in the morning or evening. It is also recommended to start with a lower dosage and gradually increase it over time. As for how much collagen to take, that depends on the brand and type of supplement being used."

To learn more about collagen, check out What Happens To Your Body When You Take Collagen Every Day.

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