03/28/2008 02:44 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Skin-Enhancing Gummi Bears And Drinkable Skin-Care: The Truth About 'Nutraceuticals'

If you're skeptical you're not alone. "There might be some truth, but there is also a lot of hype," says Hayes Gladstone, director of dermatologic surgery at Stanford University. At the same time, Gladstone and others do not write off ingestible skin-care or beauty products altogether. Functional foods, those that are marketed as products that go beyond basic nutritive values and provide an extra health benefit, have already become a mainstay in the supermarket--think cereals that may help lower the risk of heart disease or low-sodium snacks that may reduce blood pressure. Vitamin-enhanced drinks like Vitamin Water (recently purchased by Coca-Cola) or the new Diet Coke Plus have taken the trend to the beverage aisle. So, providing equivalent beauty benefits in a bottle of water may not be too far-fetched.

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