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Consumers often seek to achieve this look for their skin, and many products offer solutions though most of these are based on bad science.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this article we’ll review several supplements which are medically proven to improve measures of taut skin, along with certain lifestyle changes which can help. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe chose to review supplements because there is more medical research on consumable products than on topical products like skin creams, which tend to have less science backing their effectiveness.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCollagen\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCollagen is the most effective supplement for skin in our opinion. It’s been conclusively shown \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30681787\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ein medical studies\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e when consumed orally to improve various measures of skin health, including hydration and elasticity.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s a common misconception pushed by skincare companies that consuming collagen can’t actually increase collagen levels in the body. This is demonstrably false, and we’ve seen more research proving orally consumed collagen is effective than topically applied collagen.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend a dosage of 10 g daily, which appears to be the maximum effective dose based on the above\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e-\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elinked research review from the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHealth conscious consumers should look for a collagen product without any added ingredients like sweeteners. Plain, unflavored collagen is your best bet for \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003etaut skin when considering \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eboth cost and overall health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eVitamin C \u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe skin\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e-\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eimproving effects of Vi\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003etamin C are centered on damage reduction, rather than direct improvement of skin quality like collagen.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/9448204\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on combined Vitamin C and Vitamin E administration found that the supplementation significantly reduced UV damage to skin. This is important because many people don’t use sunscreen every time they go outside, especially if they’re only going out for short periods or if there are clouds. The Vitamin C dosage used in the study was 2 g\/day.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnother \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23689595\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e reinforced the findings above. It found that Vitamin C supplementation, even at a relatively low dose of 180 mg\/day, increased free radical scavenging in the skin by 37%.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFree radicals are molecules in the body (some created by the body, some coming from external sources like pollutants) which are capable of harming human cells, so this study furthers the proof that Vitamin C supplementation can protect skin from damage.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend plain Vitamin C powder with no additives like sugar or preservatives as a supplement\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e for ​​taut skin\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. It should ideally be mixed with water and consumed by straw, since Vitamin C is extremely acidic and can potentially damage teeth. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\n\u003cb\u003eAs\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cb\u003etaxanthin\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAstaxanthin is an increasingly popular supplement, and is the compound which gives salmon its pink color.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5946307\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehas been proven\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in medical research to “result in potent antiwrinkle and antioxidant effects” via a variety of biological processes, including improved DNA repair capacity and promotion of increased endogenous collagen production.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend naturally derived astaxanthin, because synthetically derived astaxanthin \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/altmedrev.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/02\/v16-4-355.pdf\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehas been associated\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e with health and safety risks in studies.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSports Research sells an astaxanthin product derived from microalgae which has safe inactive ingredients. This is the best formulation we’ve come across for this supplement category.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eLifestyle Changes for Taut Skin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe easiest lifestyle change you can make to promote taut skin is to avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible. When avoidance is impossible, use a physical sunscreen containing zinc oxide as the primary active ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUV rays are the primary external skin aging factor by far, so simple and free lifestyle choices like wearing a hat when outside can make long term impacts on facial skin appearance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eConsistent sleep quality is another lifestyle factor which can impact skin appearance. Most people already know this but it bears repeating because discipline is required for good sleep hygiene in the modern world, when there are so many potential distractions.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe know from \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5706759\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that consistently poor sleep quality is significantly associated with worse skin appearance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMaking an effort to get at least 8 hours of quality sleep per night is one of the best ways to not only feel better but to look better as well.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSkin condition can be improved with supplementation of various compounds, including collagen, Vitamin C and astaxanthin.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe believe \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ethat collagen is the most well\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e-\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003estudied, safe and effective method for improving skin quality, and if we had to recommend one supplement for achieving taut skin it would be collagen.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLifestyle factors like UV ray avoidance or barrier (with clothing or sunscreen), and quality sleep can make substantial impacts on skin as well.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-11-13T00:30:01-05:00","updated_at":"2022-01-16T20:27:05-05:00","summary_html":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWe review several supplements which are medically proven to improve measures of skin quality and appearance, along with certain lifestyle changes which can also help promote \u003c\/span\u003etaut skin.\u003c\/p\u003e","template_suffix":"","handle":"taut-skin","tags":"_related:collagen, _related:skincare"}

Taut Skin: Supplements to Help Achieve It

Taut Skin: Supplements to Help Achieve It


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Taut skin is a term for skin which has ideal firmness, elasticity and hydration; basically, a healthy “glowing” look. Consumers often seek to achieve this look for their skin, and many products offer solutions though most of these are based on bad science.

In this article we’ll review several supplements which are medically proven to improve measures of taut skin, along with certain lifestyle changes which can help. 

We chose to review supplements because there is more medical research on consumable products than on topical products like skin creams, which tend to have less science backing their effectiveness.

Collagen

Collagen is the most effective supplement for skin in our opinion. It’s been conclusively shown in medical studies when consumed orally to improve various measures of skin health, including hydration and elasticity.

It’s a common misconception pushed by skincare companies that consuming collagen can’t actually increase collagen levels in the body. This is demonstrably false, and we’ve seen more research proving orally consumed collagen is effective than topically applied collagen.

We recommend a dosage of 10 g daily, which appears to be the maximum effective dose based on the above-linked research review from the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.

Health conscious consumers should look for a collagen product without any added ingredients like sweeteners. Plain, unflavored collagen is your best bet for taut skin when considering both cost and overall health.

Vitamin C 

The skin-improving effects of Vitamin C are centered on damage reduction, rather than direct improvement of skin quality like collagen.

A study on combined Vitamin C and Vitamin E administration found that the supplementation significantly reduced UV damage to skin. This is important because many people don’t use sunscreen every time they go outside, especially if they’re only going out for short periods or if there are clouds. The Vitamin C dosage used in the study was 2 g/day.

Another medical study reinforced the findings above. It found that Vitamin C supplementation, even at a relatively low dose of 180 mg/day, increased free radical scavenging in the skin by 37%.

Free radicals are molecules in the body (some created by the body, some coming from external sources like pollutants) which are capable of harming human cells, so this study furthers the proof that Vitamin C supplementation can protect skin from damage.

We recommend plain Vitamin C powder with no additives like sugar or preservatives as a supplement for ​​taut skin. It should ideally be mixed with water and consumed by straw, since Vitamin C is extremely acidic and can potentially damage teeth. 

Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is an increasingly popular supplement, and is the compound which gives salmon its pink color.

It has been proven in medical research to “result in potent antiwrinkle and antioxidant effects” via a variety of biological processes, including improved DNA repair capacity and promotion of increased endogenous collagen production.

We recommend naturally derived astaxanthin, because synthetically derived astaxanthin has been associated with health and safety risks in studies.

Sports Research sells an astaxanthin product derived from microalgae which has safe inactive ingredients. This is the best formulation we’ve come across for this supplement category.

Lifestyle Changes for Taut Skin

The easiest lifestyle change you can make to promote taut skin is to avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible. When avoidance is impossible, use a physical sunscreen containing zinc oxide as the primary active ingredient.

UV rays are the primary external skin aging factor by far, so simple and free lifestyle choices like wearing a hat when outside can make long term impacts on facial skin appearance.

Consistent sleep quality is another lifestyle factor which can impact skin appearance. Most people already know this but it bears repeating because discipline is required for good sleep hygiene in the modern world, when there are so many potential distractions.

We know from medical research that consistently poor sleep quality is significantly associated with worse skin appearance.

Making an effort to get at least 8 hours of quality sleep per night is one of the best ways to not only feel better but to look better as well.

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Conclusion

Skin condition can be improved with supplementation of various compounds, including collagen, Vitamin C and astaxanthin.

We believe that collagen is the most well-studied, safe and effective method for improving skin quality, and if we had to recommend one supplement for achieving taut skin it would be collagen.

Lifestyle factors like UV ray avoidance or barrier (with clothing or sunscreen), and quality sleep can make substantial impacts on skin as well.





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