Ways to increase collagen in skin 

Consuming a diet rich in nutrients that support collagen production is essential. Include foods high in vitamin C (such as citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers) and amino acids (found in lean proteins like chicken, fish, beans, and legumes) to provide the building blocks for collagen synthesis.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated and plump. Proper hydration is essential for maintaining skin elasticity and supporting collagen production.


Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage collagen fibers and accelerate skin aging. Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection (SPF 30 or higher) every day, seeking shade during peak sun hours, and wearing protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses.

Protect from UV Exposure

Retinoids, such as retinol and prescription-strength retinoids like tretinoin, are vitamin A derivatives that promote collagen production and stimulate cell turnover. Incorporate a retinoid-based skincare product into your routine to help reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture, and boost collagen levels.

Use Retinoids

Topical vitamin C serums can help stimulate collagen synthesis and protect the skin from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Look for serums containing L-ascorbic acid, a highly effective form of vitamin C, and apply them daily to clean skin.

Apply Vitamin C Serums

While research on the effectiveness of collagen supplements is ongoing, some studies suggest that oral collagen supplements may improve skin elasticity, hydration, and collagen density. Choose high-quality collagen supplements from reputable brands and follow the recommended dosage.

Collagen Supplements

Quality sleep is essential for skin repair and regeneration, including collagen synthesis. Aim for 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night to support overall skin health.

Get Adequate Sleep

Smoking accelerates collagen breakdown and contributes to premature skin aging. Quitting smoking can help preserve collagen levels and improve skin health.

Quit Smoking

Moisturizers and hydrating skincare products help maintain skin moisture levels, which is essential for supporting collagen function and preventing dryness and wrinkles.

Use Hydrating Skincare Products

In-office procedures such as microneedling, laser therapy, and radiofrequency treatments can stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture and firmness. Consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional to discuss which treatment options are suitable for your skin concerns.

Consider Professional Treatments