Do Collagen Supplements Actually Work? We Asked The Experts, Then Put Them To The Test

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“I started adding Rejuvenated’s collagen shots into my pre-workout to streamline my morning routine, and after two months, the results have been pretty impressive. Unlike some collagen supplements which can be difficult and gloopy when mixed in water, the powder dissolves completely in a shaker and has a subtle berry flavour with no piscine tinge. The biggest benefits I’ve seen have been on my skin, which feels smooth, comfortable and moisturised before applying any topical creams – and the benefits to my body during my HIIT training. Where I usually get delayed onset muscle soreness after pushing myself, this simple addition seems to diminish those aches and shortens my downtime immensely.” — Tracy Achonwa, Vogue beauty commerce writer

Powder or capsule?

Powder.

Key ingredients

10,000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen, vitamins B5 and B6, vitamin C, antioxidant acai berry extract, niacinamide, zinc and copper.

Why Vogue loves it

Via an energising acai berry shot, Rejuvenated’s one-a-day supplement packs a hefty helping of peptides, vitamins and antioxidants to revitalise senescent cells all over the body. A tablespoon of the powder dissolves easily in water to make a refreshing daily beverage, which strengthens nails, thickens hair and improves skin suppleness and glow. What’s more, its benefits extend to joints and muscles too – when we tried a 30 day course, we were impressed with how it eased muscle soreness and recovery after especially strenuous workouts.

Vida Glow Liquid Collagen Advance

Vida Glow Collagen Liquid Advance Shots, tested by associate beauty & wellness writer Ranyechi Udemezue.

Vida Glow Collagen Liquid Advance

Powder or capsule?

Liquid sachets.

Key ingredients:

5g of hydrolysed marine collagen peptides, ascorbic acid to enhance absorption and Vida Glow’s propietary B-Blend4 antioxidant complex.

Why Vogue loves it

First came Vida Glow’s bestselling Natural Marine Collagen powder, and now, a liquid supplement with double the dose that’s even more bioavailable. This nectar-like elixir is tinged with berries and bursting with vitamin C, which works in tandem with hydrolysed peptides and antioxidants to boost collagen synthesis. Its low molecular weight ensures that it is readily absorbed throughout the body, supporting healthier nails, hair and skin from the inside out. We’re especially into the convenient squeeze sachets – achieving plumper, smoother skin on the go has never been easier.

Aime Collagen Glow

Aime Collagen supplements tested by Vogue.

Aime Collagen Discovery Set

Powder or capsule?

Powder.

Key ingredients:

10g of hydrolysed marine collagen peptides, reinforced with vitamin C for better absorption. For a health boost, natural actives like ginseng, guarana, turmeric and horsetail extract are also included depending on the flavour blend.

Why Vogue loves it

With Mocha, Matcha and Cacao blends, Aime’s collagen makes taking your daily dose an enjoyable treat. Swap out your morning beverage for the soluble sachets which promise improvements to fine lines, damaged hair, and brittle nails in as little as eight weeks. If you’re not sure which flavour takes your fancy, the discovery set includes sachets from the entire range – including a flavourless option that is easily mixed into salads and soups.

Stella McCartney Alter Care Supplement

Stella McCartney Alter Care Skin Supplement

Powder or capsule?

Capsule.

Key ingredients:

Ceramosides™, vitamin E, evening primrose oil and micro algae-derived omega 3.

Why Vogue loves it

If you’re into sustainable skincare, you’ll love Stella McCartney’s new skin supplement, which has been made with low-impact and high-efficacy natural ingredients from the packaging through to the pills themselves. Encased in a GMO-free corn shell, each capsule delivers a blend of actives chosen for their ability to prevent collagen degradation, including antioxidants and omegas 3, 6 and 9 to support smoother, stronger skin. Chief of these is Ceramoside™: a patented complex of barrier-building ceramides which stop collagen in your body from being destroyed. You get a two-month supply in the chic recyclable bottle, and the one-a-day dose makes it incredibly easy to commit to good habits for a glowing complexion.

Absolute Collagen Marine Collagen Protein Supplement For Men

Absolute Collagen Marine Collagen Supplement For Men

Powder or capsule?

Liquid.

Key ingredients

8,000mg type 1 marine collagen, vitamin C and 7.7g of protein per serving. Lactose, dairy, soy and gluten-free.

Why Vogue loves it

While collagen’s age-defying benefits are not gender specific, the blend of ingredients in this supplement has been selected to cater nutritionally to men. As well as a unique sequence of amino acids and plenty of protein to help you maintain hard-won muscle gains, it’s enriched with vitamin C and natural extracts to nourish skin and hair – both on the head and beard. Users experiencing male pattern baldness note its transformative effects on a thinning crop, praising it for its ability to restore fullness and length.

Nourished Collagen Gummy Stacks

Nourished Collagen Supplement

Powder or capsule?

3D printed (!) gummy.

Key ingredients:

Ovomet® (a naturally-occurring matrix of three types of collagen, elastin, glucosamine and hyaluronic acid derived from eggshell membranes) vitamins C & B12, ferrous citrate and maca powder

Why Vogue loves it

Nourished made its name printing bespoke multivitamins for your exact deficiencies, and its new range of collagen supplements takes that same tailor-made approach. There are stacks clinically proven to support an Age Rewind, Hair Skin & Nails, Sleep, Joint Health, and Energy, so you can choose collagen personalised for your goals. The gummies come in purse-friendly packets which are vegetarian and sugar-free, and full of flavour, they make your daily dose a treat you’ll look forward to.

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