COL­LA­GEN

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - Beauty -

Ah, col­la­gen. This pro­tein is a favourite among those who want to re­tain their youth­ful looks, as it is a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring sub­stance that keeps skin plump, bright and wrin­kle-free. Un­for­tu­nately, our col­la­gen pro­duc­tion starts slow­ing down in our mid- to late twen­ties, which is when the in­evitable age­ing process kicks in. Col­la­gen is also needed to keep our joints sup­ple and bones strong, but most peo­ple adding it (in pow­dered form) to their daily smooth­ies are do­ing so be­cause of the sup­posed skin­care ben­e­fits. Even celebri­ties – such as Jen­nifer Anis­ton and Kourt­ney Kar­dashian – swear by this pro­tein to keep them look­ing youth­ful. And the celebs can’t pos­si­bly be wrong. Right?

THE TRUTH: Is col­la­gen the foun­tain of youth? The ev­i­dence is murky. How­ever, it ap­pears that col­la­gen sup­ple­ments are far more likely to make a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence to skin (and joints, and bones) than a col­la­gen cream that prom­ises in­creased pro­duc­tion and re­duced wrin­kles. ‘There are claims that ap­ply­ing col­la­gen in the form of creams can boost col­la­gen within the skin, help­ing to re­duce signs of age­ing,’ ex­plains Dr Clare Mor­ri­son in an ar­ti­cle for Net­doc­tor.co.uk. ‘How­ever, there is lit­tle data to sup­port these claims.’ There you go. The ver­dict is out on just how ben­e­fi­cial your lat­est jar of col­la­gen-in­fused cream re­ally is!

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