According to a feature in the New York Times, ingestibles (food and drink) with added beauty-enhancing ingredients are becoming increasingly popular. Last year, Eat Yourself Beautiful Collagen Marshmallows, £3.85, sold out on the first day that Harvey Nichols put them on counters and we hear that Jennifer Aniston is a fan of Protocol's Collagen Capsules, £29.95, which are said to do a similar job of restoring collagen a protein found in connective tissues; best described as the glue that binds everything together in the skin. It helps keep your skin firm and plump; with age as collagen decreases wrinkles increase.
Now, Nescafe in the US have launched coffee with added collagen; the theory is that drinking it will improve your skin. Being a big coffee fan (I know I'm English, but builder's tea is hideous), I was considering whether to get a job lot brought in from the US when the fashion team head over there for NY Fashion Week, but thought I'd better do a little more research first. I called up Dr Nick Lowe, Consultant Dermatologist at the Cranley Clinic and fond consumer of Nespresso to get his verdict on this 'miracle' coffee.
'Eating, drinking or putting products onto the skin with collagen in doesn't work. Instead you need precursors, collagen-forming enzymes such as hyaluronic acid and glucosamine, among others, that will help the body create more collagen,' he says.
So it looks as though Collagen Coffee is just marketing hype. Shame, I needed an excuse to justify my latte habit.
Dr Nick Lowe, Cranley Clinic, 19a Cavendish Sq, London. Enq: 020 7499 3223