Collagen is found in many places, ranging from an injectable plumper for the lips to different foods we consume, ranging from meat to different kinds of vegetables. It is the natural protein component of younger-looking skin that leaves it youthful-looking. However, it is also something we lose as we age and our skin loses elasticity as a result. But should you be drinking it to keep you looking younger?
UK star Millie Mackintosh, among other celebrities, have been swearing by these drinks to maintain their skin’s youthful glow in just under 35 calories. Since their increase in popularity in Asia, these drinks have now made their way into North American and European markets, with the claim to replenish the lost collagen in skin and give you that same youthful appearance. However, are their anti-aging claims the real deal or is it a bunch of hogwash?
As they are so new to the American market, there is very little research on collagen drinks and their impact on overall skin health. Many collagen drinkers say that they notice a difference in their skin’s condition, but these drinkers may also opt for things that will make their skin healthier naturally, ranging from drinking more water to a healthy diet and exercise. Therefore it’s hard to judge how much of the improvement is from these collagen drinks versus natural methods that will make your body and, in turn, your skin healthier.
Most dermatologists disagree with the claims that liquid collagen will bring more collagen to your skin, mainly due to the science behind oral consumption into the stomach. Since collagen is a protein, your digestive system will only recognize that it is a sequence of amino acids, not specifically the collagen intended for your skin. As a result, the collagen that is supposed to be going to help replenish and rejuvenate your skin’s tone and elasticity will be broken down by stomach acid and then go to wherever your body needs it to go in order to increase its energy.
Instead of drinking up your collagen, these dermatologists will often suggest that in order to increase your body’s natural collagen production in the skin through diet, the best bet is to consume more Vitamin C. This vitamin, found in citrus fruits and berries and mainly known for its immune-boosting ability, is also known as ascorbic acid and is a key component in producing collagen. This, in turn, helps make skin look younger and reduce the signs of aging. And it’s much cheaper to add into your diet too: Vitamin C supplements are around $7 for about 50 pills, and plenty of foods that you eat, from fruits to vegetables, contain this vital ingredient. Meanwhile, liquid collagen can put you back up to $40 for a 30-day supply.
Vitamin C is not only important in supplement form, but also in your skincare routine. In addition to its important part in producing collagen, it can help minimize the appearance of age spots and wrinkles and brighten your skin’s tone. Look for skin care products with Ascorbic Acid listed as one of the ingredients.
What do you think about this new collagen drink, would you try it?