Men's Health (USA)

STRENGTH-TRAIN

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Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids called peptides. “Instead of replacing collagen itself, you can replace the peptides, which can stimulate your body to make more collagen,” says Dr. Rodney. It’s like fortifying a brick wall with new mortar rather than new bricks. How to Use Them: Look for peptide-rich moisturize­rs and eye creams, and for extra potency, consider a peptide serum.

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This naturally occurring acid won’t create more collagen but can make the collagen you do have firmer. “It’s a carbohydra­te that supports the collagen and elastic fibers in the skin,” says Dr. Rodney. Plus, as she points out, it helps skin stay hydrated by holding roughly a thousand times its molecular weight in water.

How to Use It: Choose a moisturize­r that contains hyaluronic acid and put it on in the morning and before bed.

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Free radicals from UV rays and pollution can accelerate collagen breakdown. Antioxidan­ts like vitamin C “clear out the free radicals,” says Dr. Rodney, and protect collagen from damage. Niacinamid­e, which can act as an antioxidan­t, helps rebuild damaged cells.

How to Use Them: Dr. Rodney recommends applying a vitamin C serum every morning. Using a night cream with niacinamid­e can provide another dose of antioxidan­ts.

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