Collagen and other injectable wrinkle fillers give skin a plumper, smoother appearance. Although collagen is the best known wrinkle filler, there are many other substances doctors can use to plump up your skin, including fat from your own body and synthetic materials.
Collagen is a key part of your skin's structure. It forms a network of fibres within your skin that acts like a framework. In young skin, the collagen framework is intact and the skin remains moisturized and elastic. Over time, the support structure weakens and the skin loses its elasticity. The skin begins to lose its tone as the collagen support wears down.
A brewery in Japan claims that its beer contains both the fountain of youth and a buzz all in one.
This beverage called Precious, sold by Suntory, contains two grams of collagen per can, along with five percent alcohol. Collagen, a protein in connective tissues, can allegedly make skin more beautiful and younger-looking.
This belief is particularly popular in Japan, where many women, convinced that collagen is the secret to combatting aging, seek collagen-rich supplements, powders and food in hopes to look more attractive.
As of now, the beer is only sold in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. However, before you get disappointed, know that the jury is still out when determining whether consuming collagen is truly beneficial for skin.
Some experts say the protein has no discernible anti-aging benefits.
On the other hand, a study published in early 2014 revealed that women who took 2.5 g of a particular hydrolysed collagen peptide once a day showed a 20 percent reduction in wrinkle depth around their eyes after eight weeks.
Drinking collagen with an alcoholic beverage to beautify one’s skin seems ideal, however, it also seems counterintuitive, since no one looks good with a hangover.