The latest trend dominating the world of aesthetics is ingestible collagen.

Collagen is the main structural protein in the various connective tissues in our bodies. It is the component that gives strength and integrity to our bones, muscles and skin. Beginning in our 20s and 30s, the cells that produce collagen start to degrade and our collagen stores decrease, weakening the structures they support. The most noticeable, and frustrating, of those is our skin. As collagen decreases we begin to see signs of aging.

As science and research increases the quality of skin care, it seems only fitting that we would begin to see an increase in ingestible collagen supplements that claim to replenish the body. But, can it really work?

According to Dr. Marc Ronert, director at Image Skincare, collagen supplements really do work. However, you don’t have to take his word for it. You can trust the in the “clinical data performed in independent, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies.” Two notable studies were published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, which saw significant results in their 200 participants. The published studies found that those who added a collagen supplement to their daily regimen saw 20% improvement in skin elasticity and wrinkles around the eyes after just eight weeks.

It is important to know that, just like all skin care products, not all collagen supplements are created equally. When looking for a supplement, do your research. Find one that has been extensively and clinically tested. For example, Image Skincare’s Yana is revolutionary and clinically tested collagen supplement. Yana is a hydrolyzed collagen, which is made by purifying the protein’s amino acids so they are tiny and easily absorbed.

So, raise your glass and drink to your youth!