Pass the Collagen
The plumping protein collagen, a longtime wrinkle filler, is practically becoming its own food group in Japan, where teas, yogurts and cocktails enriched with it are all the rage. Women are gobbling up collagen-rich foods like soft-shell turtles and pig’s feet in the hopes of channeling the stuff to their skin. Now they can finish the meal with collagen cheesecake. One version by Japanese company Meiji contains 1,000 milligrams of collagen, the amount in a couple of steaks. But according to Annet King of the International Dermal Institute, it’s all quite futile. “There’s no way that eating collagen boosts collagen [in skin],” she says.
Cheesecake, syringe: Alamy Images.