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The Best Collagen Supplements For Healthy Skin, Hair, & Joints

Learn what to look for and what to avoid when shopping for a collagen supplement

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Many of us begin noticing a decrease in our collagen production around the age of 30 when our skin begins to lose elasticity, we start developing fine lines, and signs of aging begin to appear. That's why collagen is quickly becoming one of the most popular supplements on the market.

One of the best ways to make sure you're getting enough collagen in your diet is through a high-quality, scientifically-formulated collagen peptide supplement. In fact, preliminary studies suggest this can promote your health and well-being better than diet alone. A quality collagen powder can also support healthy weight management because it's low in calories and high in protein.

We compiled months of research about this emerging category and narrowed them down to the top 6.

1. Collagen Peptides

Total Ranking

9.7/10

A+

Overall Grade

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5/10

PROS

  • Formulated with Types I & III 
  • Hydrolyzed bovine collagen
  • 41 servings 11g of collagen
  • 19 amino acids
  • 365-day, risk-free, money-back, product guarantee

CONS

  • Only sold in the US
The Bottom Line

Live Conscious' Collagen Peptides contains both types I & III collagen, hydrolyzed, bovine collagen. 

You definitely get your money's worth at 41 servings, and 11g of collagen falls within the clinically recommended range.

We were pleased to see that Live Conscious displays 19 amino acids right there on the back of their packaging. Everything in this formula works together to help promote skin hydration, joint health, and support weight management.

This was one of the only products that we could verify had no artificial sweeteners. It was also one of the only collagen supplements that's been third-party tested.

Additionally, they are well received by their customer base, compiling over 25,000 5-star reviews on Amazon.

To top it all off, their return policy is topnotch — a comprehensive, 365-day, risk-free, money-back guarantee, proving the company stands behind its products. This was a huge advantage versus the competition, along with total effectiveness projections that rivaled any other supplement we found. All in all, Live Conscious Exitis our top pick. 

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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2. Collagen Peptides

Total Ranking

9.5/10

A

Overall Grade

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5/10

PROS

  • Includes types I & III collagen 
  • Hydrolyzed bovine collagen
  • 41 servings 11g of collagen
  • 19 amino acids
  • 365-day money-back guarantee 

CONS

  • No name brand recognition
The Bottom Line

Essential Elements formulated their product with the 11g of types I & III, hydrolyzed, bovine collagen.

If you examine their formula carefully, you'll notice that their amino acid profile is less potent than Live Conscious. They're also relatively unknown and have significantly fewer reviews than Live Conscious.

Still, their formula and serving size make them a contender in this space. Beyond that, Essential Elements offers a comprehensive 365-day return policy, so everyone can try their products completely risk-free.

For all these reasons, the Collagen Peptides by Essential Elements is number 2 on our list. 

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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3. Collagen Peptides

Total Ranking

8.9/10

B+

Overall Grade

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5/10

PROS

  • Contains types I & III collagen
  • Bovine collagen
  • Hydrolyzed collagen
  • 19 amino acids

CONS

  • Only 14 servings
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
The Bottom Line

Collagen Peptides by Vital Proteins contains a hefty dose of types I & III, hydrolyzed bovine collagen. However, it loses a few points because it only contains 14 servings.

The good news is that it's formulated without any harmful additives or artificial flavors, which gives it a boost in our rankings. Plus a majority of the customers were happy with their purchase and reported positive results.

Vital Proteins offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, which is not as comprehensive as others on this list.

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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4. Foundation Beauty Elixir

Total Ranking

8.7/10

B+

Overall Grade

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5/10

PROS

  • Contains types I & III collagen 
  • Diverse amino acid profile
  • Includes prebiotics, keratin, vitamin C, ginger & blue spirulina
  • Uses hydrolyzed bovine collagen

CONS

  • Flavored collagen

The Bottom Line

Coming in at number 4 on our list is Foundation Beauty Elixir by Hair la Vie, a collagen-based drink specifically formulated to support healthy skin, hair, and nails.

Foundation Beauty Elixir’s formula not only contains types I and III grass-fed bovine collagen and 19 amino acids but also includes prebiotics, keratin, vitamin C, ginger, and blue spirulina for added health and beauty benefits.

While we don’t usually recommend flavored collagen, this product uses honeydew for flavoring, which adds a touch of sweetness without added sugar. It also gets its color from blue spirulina, a well-known superfood with a natural blue hue.

Most customers have reported noticeable improvements in their skin, hair, and nails after taking Foundation for just under one month. Hair La Vie also has a 90-Day money-back guarantee so you can try the product virtually risk-free. For these reasons, we had to include Foundation Beauty Elixir on our list.

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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5. Super Youth Collagen Powder

Total Ranking

7.9/10

C+

Overall Grade

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5/10

PROS

  • Contains types I & III collagen
  • Diverse amino acid profile
  • Uses hydrolyzed bovine collagen

CONS

  • Uses 5 types of collagen, which dilutes effectiveness
  • Issues with taste and dissolving
The Bottom Line

Rounding off our list is SkinnyFit with their Collagen Peptides. It’s formulated with types I, II, III, V & X collagen. But with so many different types, it's difficult to get the maximum benefits.

There have also been many complaints from customers. The two most common are that the taste is awful and it does not dissolve easily.

Potential customers should also take into consideration that SkinnyFit offers a 90-day, money-back guarantee

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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6. Multi Collagen Protein

Total Ranking

7.6./10

C

Overall Grade

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5/10

PROS

  • Uses hydrolyzed bovine collagen

CONS

  • Contains 5 different collagen types 
  • Doesn't specify amino acid profile 
The Bottom Line

Coming in at number 6 on our list is Multi Collagen Protein by Ancient Nutrition. This product is formulated with a whopping 5 different types of collagen from 5 different sources.

However, this formula is still missing some key ingredients and fails to specify its amino acid profile on the bag or on its website.

Additionally, a handful of customers reported seeing an increase in skin blemishes and pimples since starting this supplement. So if you’re prone to breakouts, you may want to be careful with the Multi Collagen Protein by Ancient Nutrition.

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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