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Here’s what you should know about drinking collagen

Science has weighed in on its effects.

Here’s what you should know about drinking collagen

Drinking collagen is not a new concept. In fact, elixirs promising youthful, plump skin have been around for years. And in theory, what they claim makes sense – improving your complexion from within as opposed to topically (AKA smothering your face with lotions). But it hasn’t been until now that there’s been any solid, scientific reporting on the stuff and some of the science is certainly in favour.

According to a new report publishing in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, women who consume drinkable collagen noticed an improvement in their skin in just eight weeks. A Cosmo staffer put it to the test and agreed.

The results included an increase in skin hydration after 8 weeks of intake and an improvement in the density of collagen. These effects also continued beyond 12 weeks.

But some experts just aren’t drinking the (collagen) koolaid.

New York-based dermatologist, Dr. Neal Schultz told Refinery 29, "The makers of these drinks want you to believe that the collagen you are ingesting will be delivered directly to the skin and have benefits there.” Concluding, “Collagen is a protein, and proteins are made up of amino acids. That collagen is going to be broken down into amino acids by the enzymes in the stomach,then will be absorbed into the body to be used where the body needs it. It is just the most absurd suggestion that you can push collagen through your bloodstream and have it pump out collagen in your skin."

Instead, Dr. Schultz recommends increasing your vitamin C levels to make your collagen production hustle harder.

So while we like to believe guzzling collagen is making our skin all glowy (and for some people, it probably does), we’re still not entirely conviced.

The jury’s out until we have more science.