''We’ve come across a fair share of beauty products that make lofty claims, but nothing has left us baffled quite like chewable collagen candy.
You may have spotted bright and colorful bags labeled NeoCell Beauty Bursts,ReserveAge Fruit Chews or Resvitale Collagen near the vitamins at your local drugstore. These gummy chews look a lot like Starburst and are a part of a growing ingestible collagen trend, which has women and men taking supplements in hopes of reversing physical signs of aging, such as wrinkles and sagging skin. The chewies are generally made with other skin moisturizing and repairing ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and glycerin. But do these fruit and chocolate-flavored collagen candies really work?
Well, let’s start by explaining exactly what collagen is.
Collagen is a protein that accounts for 30 percent of the human body’s protein. As part of our connective tissue, it helps to regenerate new cells and promote firmness and suppleness.According to Jessica Weiser, a board-certified dermatologist at New York Dermatology Group, collagen production is greatest during childhood and teens, then plateaus in our 20s and 30s and finally declines with age.
Weiser says the primary factors that contribute to collagen loss are hormones and sun/environmental damage to the skin. She explains, “As estrogen levels wane, especially after menopause, collagen levels decline leading to accelerated loss of structural integrity of the skin and increased skin laxity and wrinkling. Sun exposure, cigarette smoke, pollution and other sources of free radicals promote collagen breakdown and further worsen these effects.”.Please click here to read full article on Huffpost Style .