Alcohol is bad for your skin, that much is well known. The substance that will make you feel young and strong for a short while will dehydrate you, deprive you of vitamins, and leave your skin wrinkled and scarred permanently.

But a British distillery has apparently found a solution to counter its effects by adding collagen to their latest product. Anti-aging is more than just a tasty ingredient for an afternoon cocktail, they claim, but also a way to keep your skin younger.

Anti-aging is a concoction made using collagen, and a series of other “age-defying” herbal components, like chamomile, witch hazel, and others. Basically, it’s the “alcoholic equivalent of a facial”, for people who “want to stay young, but not give up alcohol”.

There is an ongoing debate on whether this product is indeed effective, or the collagen it contains is just for marketing. But science has not decided whether eating collagen, in general, is good for your skin, either.

Collagen for Healthy Skin

What is collagen?

Collagen is a form of fibrous protein found in a variety of animal tissues. It is the most abundant protein in mammals, making up 25 to 35 percent of the animal (and human) body’s protein content. It is found in bones, tendons, ligaments, and skin, and in other tissues to various degrees.

It is used in medicine to treat various diseases, for bone grafting (a surgical procedure to replace missing bone after a fracture), wound care and a wide range of cosmetic procedures.

Will eating collagen improve my skin?

It’s a common myth that eating foods high in collagen will improve the condition of our skin. Unfortunately, this effect has not yet been confirmed by science.

A small-scale study has apparently confirmed its beneficial effects on the skin, proving it effective in “improving the hallmarks of aging”. A large-scale trial is yet to be done on this matter.

When it is ingested, it is digested just like any other protein. And, according to Honorary Professor Fusako Baba from the Asia University of Tokyo, “it’s no better than average as protein”. It is produced inside the body, not absorbed through the skin – or the digestive system, for that matter.

Until the relationship between collagen and healthy skin is proven, any claim related to this remains a myth.