Inspired by Asian beauty’s collagen bars, do these ingestibles really improve your skin? 

Also known as the beauty protein, collagen is the main structural protein in the body that plays a vital part in the youth, firmness, elasticity and structure of the skin. As we age, due to the influx of free radicals and general inflammation in the skin, our natural stores of collagen decrease as does our skin’s ability to produce collagen, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and the like.

Enter collagen shots, a huge Asian beauty trend, in which collagen is consumed in the form of a supplement or liquid. Once digested, the dermis absorbs the collagen peptides from our bloodstream, which then kick-starts the collagen production process inside the skin.

Drink your way to younger skin with our top three collagen picks! 

FACT:

Youthful skin abundant in collagen contains 75 per cent collagen in the dermis. 

BLEND IT IN A SMOOTHIE

Age Quencher Rejunvenate Beauty Collagen Protein ($90, agequencher.com) 

SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS!

Image Skincare Yana
Daily Collagen Shots ($150, professional spa and salons or imageskincare.com)

ENHANCE YOUR H2O

Bend Skincare Marine Collagen + Co-Factors in Strawberry Flavour ($44, bendbeauty.com)