For 30 days recently I drank Skinade every morning, one of the latest collagen drinks on the market. I have to admit I have never been one for beauty supplements. I dislike swallowing tablets of any sort, so popping collagen pills has never had much appeal.
Drinking something not that pleasant every day for a month or more is also not that appealing. I am hopeless with juice diets (anyone want to buy a juicer? Hardly used…), I really don’t like smoothies, and I even struggle with fruit juice.
But, in the name of work and research (and curiosity), I decided to take Skinade for a month. Skinade is a collagen supplement, so, probably best to explore why we need it first, right?
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is the substance that holds the whole body together. It is found in the bones, muscles, skin and tendons, where it forms a scaffold to provide strength and structure. in the beauty world, we focus on the collagen in our skin. As we age we produce less collagen, and our skin starts to show that – it becomes less ‘plump’ and fine lines and wrinkles start to show. Every year from our early to mid-20s we lose nearly 1.5% of the collagen in the our skin.
How can we stop this process?
This process will happen, but we can do all we can to stop this, by looking after our health. Avoid sun exposure, eat healthily and don’t smoke. All of these factors affect the collagen in our bodies.
So, can we really replace collagen in our skin by taking collagen supplements and/or applying collagen products to our skin? The answer is probably ‘no’.
There is no scientific evidence at all to suggest that collagen supplements like Skinade will do anything. Once ingested the collagen in these, as a protein, will be broken down, so how does that work? Who knows? I’m not a scientist.
All I will say is this. I did actually think my skin felt good when I was taking Skinade. I didn’t overly enjoy taking it. It has a bit of an off-putting colour – and it does turn your first wee of the day the same shade, be warned!
It also has a sickly, sweet taste, and for the first week or so, it’s fine. After that, it starts to get a little bit more difficult to swallow – literally.
I filled the fridge full of my bottles of Skinade – one bottle holds a day’s dose, and when we went on holiday, I stuck with it, packing the travel sachets in my luggage (you mix them with water, and I found sparkling water much better), and stuck to the plan.
One thing I must advise is to drink this cold, it really is not nice when lukewarm, so keep your bottles in the fridge, even if they do take up loads of room!
What is in Skinade?
Skinade contains a unique blend of hydrolised marine collagen (7000mg) – so basically collagen from fish, calcium ascorbate, MSM, B vitain complex, organic flax seed and I-lysine. All of these ingredients will help with your skin’s hydrastion, radiance. elasticity and will also help to actively increase the production of collagen in your skin.
I took some before and after photos, but to be honest, I’m not sure if there is much difference. I don’t have a huge amount of lines and wrinkles anyway. My skin did feel good, but at £90 for a month’s supply, it’s something you really have to think about before embarking on. My before photos were taken in the UK, my after in Malta – hence the totally different light! Yeah, I know, it’s not the best comparison! I did take some pictures around my eyes, but there really aren’t any lines there to see, so it was pointless.