Are These Collagen Candies the Secret to Looking Younger?

Introducing: Starbursts for your skin.

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If you loved candy vitamins as a kid, there are now grown-ass woman equivalents that will keep you looking *** flawless longer. But are they too good to be true?

NeoCell's Beauty Bursts are colorful, chewy, and will give you that 4 p.m.-on-a-workday sugar fix just like Starbursts. But unlike the candies lining the checkout aisle, they're packed with the same anti-aging ingredients you slather on your face everyday, like collagen, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin C. 

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If you're skeptical, full disclosure—I was too. Perhaps this was a cruel, cruel joke on a fine-line-obsessed women with a taste for the sweeter things in life. But then I spoke to Dr. Julie Russak, M.D., FAAD, and realized this is more than just clever marketing, but something a derm can actually get behind. In fact, these candy-like chewables can even be a more economical (and sweeter) alternative to costly cosmetic treatments.

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"Topically applying collagen works only on the surficial level, the dermis, whereas ingesting hydrolyzed collagen has been clinically-proven to be absorbed by the body," explains Russak, adding that boosting collagen levels internally can be stimulated via professional treatments that cause the body to repair and create collagen (think: lasers, ultrasound or dermal fillers) or via ingestible forms.

What's more is that when it comes to these kind of supplements, you'll not only see a difference in your skin, but your hair and nails as well. See? There's really something to all this inside-outside business.

NeoCell Laboratories Beauty Burst in Fruit Punch (60 Count), $16.49; amazon.com.

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