Whether you’re a skincare newbie, love your skincare products on the green side or like to get a little international when it comes to your skincare, we all enjoy finding out about new tricks for keeping our skin smooth, soft and totally kissable. But just how far are you willing to go when it comes to your derma-dreams? Would you be into eating chewable collagen candy, perhaps? Because that’s the latest trend when it comes to maintaining your younger looking skin.
If you take a trip to your local drugstore, there’s a chance you can pick up packages of NeoCell Beauty Bursts (“gourmet collagen soft chews”) or ReserveAge Nutrition Collagen Replenish Skin-Revitalizing Fruit Chews off the shelf.
And why would you want to do so? “Collagen that is ingested orally is known to be absorbed by the body,” according to dermatologist Jessica Weiser. “These collagen molecules are exposed to the acidic environment of the stomach, which break proteins down into fragments and their component amino acids, so the body is absorbing amino acids or smaller protein fragments of collagen and not the intact protein structure.”
Um, wha? Well, basically you’re ingesting the collagen that your body fails to produce over time (supposedly) and this collagen will (apparently) help improve sagging and lines in your skin. Weiser adds, “[The collagen candies] have not been subject to randomized controlled trials, and therefore we are not certain of their skin-specific benefits at this point in time.”
Also, beware that these candies contain more than just collagen, with other ingredients including not only hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and glycerin but also shellfish and shark cartilage, which may cause allergic reactions. We know our skin always reacts roughly to shark cartilage — doesn’t yours?
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