Collagen for skin hydration: what you need to know

Carla Oates
Carla Oates The Beauty Chef Founder & CEO

Collagen For Skin Hydration: What You Need to Know

Did you know that collagen—the protein most often associated with plump, youthful skin—holds a lesser-known power? In fact, despite being famed for its anti-ageing properties, collagen is also a game-changer for hydration! And for your skin, this is great news as not only will collagen help to combat wrinkles, but it will help maintain skin moisture, too. 

What Collagen Does for Skin

In simple terms, collagen can be thought of as our skin’s scaffolding—responsible for its firmness and elasticity. But as we age, our ability to maintain and produce collagen naturally declines which can trigger symptoms of skin ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles, loss of hydration and slower wound healing.

The good news is, supplementing with collagen can help replenish these lost stores, enhancing skin hydration and reducing the visible effects of ageing.

Collagen Supports Skin Hydration and Elasticity

Given collagen serves as the fundamental building block in various tissues throughout the body—including our bones, muscles and tendons—it makes sense that it also forms an integral network of fibres within the dermis, the deeper layer of the skin. This complex structure helps attract and retain water molecules which subsequently gives the skin a plump and youthful appearance. When skin is well-hydrated and able to retain this hydration, it also contributes to skin which is more ‘elastic’, supple and resilient.

While the natural decline in collagen as we age is an inevitability—by ensuring we maintain our skin’s collagen stores as much as possible (through food and supplements), we can help to soften the appearance and development of fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and sagging skin caused by loss of collagen. 

Collagen Supports Skin Repair and Renewal

Collagen also plays a vital role in supporting the skin's natural repair and renewal processes. As a key component of the extracellular matrix, it provides structural support to skin cells, helping to maintain their integrity and resilience. It also stimulates the production of new skin cells, aiding in the regeneration of damaged or ageing tissues. 

By incorporating collagen into your daily routine through supplementation or skincare products, you can bolster your skin's ability to repair and renew itself, leading to a healthier, more resilient complexion.

At The Beauty Chef, we’re obsessed with collagen, which is why we have a whole collection of formulas that support collagen production for healthy hair, skin & nails.

Sources of Collagen

Before adding a collagen supplement to your daily routine, it’s essential to understand the various dietary and supplementary sources of collagen in order to discern the best option for you and your needs.

Dietary Sources of Collagen

A balanced diet undoubtedly plays a crucial role in maintaining skin health, including collagen production and maintenance. Foods rich in collagen include bone broth, chicken skin, fish and egg whites while vitamin C-rich foods like citrus fruits, berries and bell peppers further support collagen synthesis by aiding in the production of collagen-building enzymes. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish, flaxseeds and walnuts also contribute to healthy skin by reducing inflammation and improving skin barrier function—making them the perfect pair to collagen-rich foods. 

Collagen Supplements: Types and Benefits

To further optimise skin health, collagen supplements offer a convenient and effective solution.

But as mentioned above, supplements come in various forms, each offering unique benefits, which is why it’s always essential to do your research. Some of the most popular sources of collagen found in supplements include:

  • Marine collagen: derived from fish scales and skin, is easily absorbed and sustainably sourced from fish by-products, making it an eco-friendly choice.

  • Bovine collagen: derived from cows, is rich in type I and III collagen, essential for skin structure and elasticity. It's abundant amino acid profile supports collagen synthesis, aiding in skin hydration and reducing signs of ageing. 

  • Collagen peptides: hydrolyzed forms of collagen, offer remarkable bioavailability and easy absorption into the body. 

Unsure which collagen is best for your skin? Learn more about the differences between marine collagen and collagen peptides.

Is Collagen Right for You?

If you’re considering a collagen supplement, it’s important to first chat with your healthcare practitioner, especially if you have a pre-existing condition or have any dietary restrictions.

However, collagen is generally considered safe and can boast a number of benefits for not only our skin—but our overall health and wellbeing, too. To find out more, you can read our Ultimate Guide to Collagen Types, Supplements and their Benefits.

How to Incorporate Collagen Into Your Routine For Skin Hydration

Incorporating collagen into your daily routine for skin hydration is simple. Start by choosing a collagen supplement that aligns with your preferences—whether it's a powder, capsules or liquid. Powders and liquids can be added to your morning smoothie, coffee, or tea, or mixed into yogurt or oatmeal for a nutritious breakfast, whilst capsules or collagen chewables like The Beauty Chef Plumpers™ can be enjoyed on the go—anywhere, anytime. 

The important thing is to be consistent—aiming to incorporate your collagen supplement into your daily inner beauty routine for maximum benefits.

Embracing Collagen for Hydrated, Healthy Skin with The Beauty Chef

As you journey towards more radiant, hydrated skin, don't overlook the potential of collagen. By replenishing your skin's natural collagen levels, you can enhance moisture retention, improve elasticity, and combat signs of ageing. 

From delicious elixirs to versatile powders and convenient chewables, we have a range of collagen products designed to fit seamlessly into your daily routine. Not sure where to start? Find your remedy at The Beauty Chef. 

PLUMPERS™ Flavour Trio


A delicious chewable tablet to support collagen production, skin elasticity and hydration.

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