Supplements for Fresher Ageless Skin

a woman with one half of her face young, and the other is old

If you’re noticing a few unwelcome changes in the mirror—such as crow’s feet, laugh lines, and dry, rough skin—then it might be time to check out three supplements that have the research to prove they could help you defy your age.

Supplements to Keep Skin Young

  • Collagen

    Collagen, a type of protein, gives skin that stretchy yet firm feel associated with youth. As collagen production lessens with time, skin develops wrinkles and loses its plumpness. You can supplement your body’s dwindling collagen supply with supplements or skin products containing collagen to help keep skin firmer and smoother.

  • Silicon

    The trace mineral silicon works in a few ways to keep skin younger looking, including by helping your body form connective tissue. Taking silica, or a bioavailable form of silicon called orthosilicic acid, can roll back the clock on sun damage. A 2005 study showed that after five months of taking 10 milligrams (mg) of orthosilicic acid a day, women developed softer, smoother, more elastic skin. The women’s hair and nails were significantly less brittle by the end of the study too.

  • Ceramides

    Ceramides, fats found in the top layers of skin, can be taken as a supplement to help the skin retain moisture. Studies in women find that ceramides taken daily can help correct dry skin by upping moisture levels in the skin. Ceramides in a topical moisturizer have been shown to help women being treated for acne by preventing skin dryness and irritation that can develop with that treatment. 

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“Effect of Oral Intake of Choline-Stabilized Orthosilicic Acid on Skin, Nails, and Hair in Women with Photodamaged Skin” by A. Barel et al., Arch Dermatol Res, 2005

“Moisturizers and Ceramide-Containing Moisturizers May Offer Concomitant Therapy with Benefits” by C.W. Lynde et al., J Clin Aesthet Dermatol, 2014 

“Oral Supplementation of Specific Collagen Peptides Has Beneficial Effects on Human Skin Physiology: a Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study” by E. Proksch et al., 2014;

“Oral Intake of Specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides Reduces Skin Wrinkles and Increases Dermal Matrix Synthesis” by E. Proksch et al., Skin Pharmacol Physiol, 2014


Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH

Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH, is an evidence-based, integrative medicine journalist with more than 20 years of research and writing expertise, She received her Master of Public Health from OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

She is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Life After Baby (2012), The Green Tea Book, 2nd edition (Penguin, 2008). User’s Guide to Healthy Digestion (Basic Health Publications, 2004), The Soy Sensation (McGraw-Hill, 2002), User’s Guide to Glucosamine and Chondroitin (Basic Health Publications, 2002), The Common Cold Cure (Avery, 1999), and The Green Tea Book (Avery, 1998).

Her work was recognized for excellence as a 2001 finalist for the Maggie Awards (Western Publications Association award honoring editorial excellence in magazines west of the Mississippi River).