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Eating Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen for Beauty: Fact or Fad?


by Cheryl Bryant-Rushing




Both collagen and hyaluronic acid diminish with aging. Injectables of hyaluronic acid with products such as Juvederm and Restylane have been used successfully to plump up deep lines. In fact, hyaluronic acid fillers also stimulate collagen growth!

Additionally, topically applied hyaluronic acid not only provides plumpness to the deeper tissues, it also attracts moisture from the air to hydrate the skin as well as protect it from transdermal water loss.  This is especially important in our dry climate!

What’s Most Exciting?

What’s most exciting is a recent study showing that oral ingestion of hyaluronic acid for 12 weeks in people 59 and under suppressed wrinkles and improved skin lusterKeep in mind the age 59 only refers to the participants of the study. I’ve been taking 100 mg twice a day for several months and yes, I do see a new suppleness, firmness and natural moisture in my complexion.


Collagen levels in the body decline naturally with age starting in our 20’s and 30’s. Cellular activity slows down, causing collagen to degrade and cells to produce less new collagen. Because collagen provides structure to skin, we gradually see a loss of elasticity, firmness and tone.

Could ingestible collagen provide any benefits? 

A 2015 study of collagen peptide supplements showed improved skin hydration. Currently though, there are few placebo-controlled studies to prove ingestible collagen’s real benefits for skin. However, I have been taking it for a few weeks so I will let you know. I am not a doctor so I am not promoting taking it without your doctor’s approval. However, I did hear back from a client after I mentioned it one of my weekly emails of Schedule of Appointment Openings.

“Hi Honey- I’ve been taking collagen for 2 years now it is Amazing!!! But you have to make sure it is pure marine collagen, there are many fakes!!!!”  -C.


Ingestible collagen is typically made from hydrolyzed protein from animal sources. (When you eat meat, fish, and poultry, you’re ingesting collagen.) Proteins are broken down and absorbed in the GI tract, then used to build protein-rich parts: skin, bones, muscle, connective tissue. But it is hard to determine how much of the collagen we eat, or take in supplement form, gets absorbed.  Currently there are few placebo-controlled studies to prove ingestible collagen’s real benefits for skin. However, I have been taking collagen for about three weeks and I think I do notice more hydration and strength to my skin. We’ll see!

About Cheryl Bryant-Rushing

Headshot of Cheryl Bryant-RushingCheryl Bryant-Rushing, L.E, grew up fascinated by skin care. As a child, she was often found formulating skin care scrubs and other products in her kitchen. This love for all things beauty and skin care followed her into her adolescence and adulthood.

Bryant-Rushing spent many years expanding her knowledge of skin care through schooling, creating and formulating her own products, and working at a prestigious spa. Now she applies her lifetime knowledge of skincare to create cosmetically elegant products that will be the solution to anyone’s complexion wants and needs.


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