Can Collagen Powder Improve Dry Winter Skin?
Dr. Don Colbert
Jan 18, 2019

There are a lot of claims out there regarding collagen supplements. Here’s what the science says when it comes to collagen powder and dry, winter skin.

Love or hate winter weather, one thing’s for sure, it can wreak havoc on your skin.

Can collagen powder help?

If so, what’s the best way to consume it?

There are a lot of claims out there regarding collagen supplements. Here’s what the science says when it comes to collagen powder and dry, winter skin.

WINTER WEATHER AND YOUR SKIN

There are many reasons why winter is hard on your skin. They include:

  • Cold air and low humidity. Winter’s cold and dry air can be intensely drying for the skin, vastly reducing the amount of moisture retained.
  • Heaters and indoor fires. Heated indoor air is often dry during the winter. Heaters, forced air, fans and indoor fires all reduce the humidity.
  • Harsh winds.Winds are often stronger during the winter and spring, and this further dries out skin.
  • Coffee and caffeinated teas.When it’s cold outside, many of us drink more warm drinks. If caffeinated, their diuretic effects, while safe, can dry skin from the inside out.
  • Hot showers.A hot shower is actually more drying to the skin than a lukewarm one. If your winter routine includes hot showers, it’s important to keep them short.

How can collagen help?

7 SCIENCE-BACKED RESULTS SHOWING COLLAGEN POWDER CAN IMPROVE DRY WINTER SKIN

  1. COLLAGEN POWDER CAN IMPROVE THE ELASTICITY OF SKIN.

A 2014 study of 46 women, ages 35-55, showed that eight weeks of collagen powder supplementation improved skin elasticity within just 4 weeks (1).

When skins elasticity is improved it can stretch and rebound better, without sagging. This increases a youthful appearance.

  1. IT CAN REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF WRINKLES.

Another 2014 study concluded that collagen supplementation reduced wrinkles after just 8 weeks of use (2).

What’s more, a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology concluded that collagen supplementation not only improved skin moisture but also produced younger-looking, less-fragmented skin (3).

  1. COLLAGEN POWDER CAN INCREASE SKIN COLLAGEN CONTENT AND IMPROVE THE STRUCTURE OF THE SKIN.

In a 2017 lab study, researchers found that 6 months of oral consumption of collagen increased the collagen content in the skin. It also improved the skin structure and improved the density of different types of collagen (type I and type III).

This resulted in improved color and luster of the skin and fur. While this was a study on mice, it is promising for human skin and hair as well (4).

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