We all know that our beauty starts from within, unless we're pretty lucky with our genetics we need to look after our skin very well to maintain its youthful look for as long as possible. Good skincare should help to achieve that but nothing will work miracles if our diet is not nutritious enough, if we consume lots of junk food, sugar, alcohol, smoke and/or don't drink lots of water. Sometimes, even when we do try to have a healthy lifestyle our body, skin lack some important nutrients, vitamins and microelements to make it look and feel good and healthy. That's when diet supplements can help. I'm not their biggest advocate but I do reach for them when I feel like my body is lacking certain vitamins and my diet hasn't been the best.
Today I want to talk about a diet supplement that is different from your regular multivitamin tablets, it's a collagen drink enriched with Vitamins and microelements which promises younger looking skin.
But, does it really work?
Skinade* is an anti-ageing collagen drink containing a patent pending formulation of active ingredients that aims to boost your body's natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid.
It's a drink that works from the inside out. Being a liquid supplement it means that the body can absorb and make use of a higher proportion (95%) of the active nutrients.
Patented hydrolysed marine collagen peptides used in Skinade trigger natural collagen production leading to increased skin thickness and therefore a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. They also trigger HAS2 receptors in the dermis which promotes the production of hyaluronic acid resulting in improved skin hydration.
Skinade contains the following high-quality ingredients:
Hydrolysed Marine collagen peptides (sourced from fresh-water fish, low in sodium and avoiding mercury contamination), Vitamin C, MSM (naturally occurring form of organic sulphur found in all living organisms, it helps with collagen and keratin formation), Vitamin B Complex (contribute to maintaining healthy, glowing and radiant skin), Omega 3 & 6 (important in balancing dry and oily skin), L-lysine (an essential amino acid that is key to rebuilding the collagen matrix at cellular level).
Skinade does not contain bovine or porcine (cow and pig) products, hormones, genetically modified organisms (gmos), alcohol, added sugar, artificial flavours or artificial colours. The drink is free from lactose, gluten and dairy.
Skinade drink comes in a plastic bottles ready to use or in sachets, which need to be mixed with water, perfect for travelling. It has a cloudy, orange colour, a slightly funky scent but it tastes actually very nice. It's peach and mangosteen flavoured so it's like a fruity juice drink.
I was sent 30 bottles plus 10 sachets of Skinade and I used them for 40 consecutive days, in the morning, before breakfast. I always have coffee in the morning and it's advised avoiding caffeine 1hr each side of taking skinade as caffeine can hinder the absorption of the essential micro-nutrients and collagen, so I always made sure I had the Skinade well before I had the coffee.
Did the Skinade work for me?
In short, yes, but at the same time there weren't any massive changes in my skin.
Even though I'm in my late 30s my skin is still relatively plump and I don't have many lines or wrinkles but after drinking Skinade for a few weeks I noticed that my skin felt more hydrated and it looked more glowy. I think I've only just realised now how much Skinade was helping my skin as I haven't used it for almost 2 weeks and I've noticed some dry patches and my foundations don't sit right on my skin just as if it's dehydrated. I've been keeping the same skincare routine and my daily water intake is roughly the same, admittedly never good enough.
I didn't noticed too much difference in my hair although it seems like I have more then usual baby hair.
I was hoping for a big improvement in my nails which are usually very weak and brittle and while I think they are a bit stronger after drinking Skinade for over a month they've not reached a really healthy state. But it takes longer then a month for nails to show any improvement.
Monthly supply of Skinade is not exactly cheap at £99 (buy here) and I can't afford it to be my regular diet supplement but, if your budget allows, I think it's worth giving it a try because the science behind it sounds very convincing (read all about it here) but also, because I've noticed some positive changes in my skin and that was after using Skinade for only 40 days.
I'm actually tempted to buy it and use it maybe every other day so it would last longer.
Our diet has a massive impact on how our skin looks so taking supplements specifically developed to improve their appearance actually makes sense to me.
What are your thoughts on taking supplements to improve your skin, hair and nails health?
Have you tried collagen drinks?