Can you Really Drink your way to Better Skin?
Collagen is our body’s scaffolding, supporting the health and strength of hair through to skin texture. Skinade gives the body a daily slug in easily absorbable liquid form
Article by Sarah Rodrigues
Flawless skin: that’s the Holy Grail of beauty, isn’t it? For no other reason do we frantically apply filters to our social media posts and buy into a beauty industry that’s set to be worth £26.7bn by 2022*.
Of course, we all know that most of the basics – good nutrition, gallons of water and a sound night’s sleep – aren’t to be found on the shelf of a salon or pharmacy, even if that other weapon in the arsenal, SPF, is. The fact is, however, that none of these things can stop the passage of time and its ability to deprive our skin of the freshness, plumpness and dewiness of youth – and one of the main reasons for this is that after about the age of 20, our bodies slow down on collagen production, breaking it down more quickly that it can replace it.
What is collagen?
Essentially, collagen is our body’s scaffolding. It’s a protein that supports the health and strength of hair, nails, bones and connective tissues. It also gives our skin its structure, fullness and texture – so when it starts to diminish, that’s when fine lines, wrinkles and dryness start to set in. Skinade contains 7000mg of collagen in a liquid form, to be taken as a daily drink.
Why not just use a cream or serum?
Collagen is found – and lost from – the dermis, the middle layer of skin, where it helps to form a fibrous mesh of cells called fibroblasts, on which new cells grow. Lotions containing collagen simply cannot penetrate as far as this layer and, although improvements are sometimes seen from using them, this is attributable to increased hydration rather than collagen replacement.
What about capsules?
Most capsules only contain about 1000 mg of collagen, so you’d need to take a rather large handful of them to equal the dose found in Skinade. In addition, studies have shown that liquids are more readily absorbed into the bloodstream than solids, which are compromised by being broken down on their passage through the digestive system.
Aren’t collagen molecules too large to be absorbed anyway?
Bingo, yes they are. It’s important to note that when you drink Skinade, the contents of the bottle are not, in and of themselves, topping up your collagen levels. The drink contains hydrolysed collagen, which is collagen that has been broken down into smaller fragments, called peptides, which are more readily assimilated.
So how does it work?
The presence of these broken collagen molecules trick the body into thinking that some kind of damage has occurred, thus triggering its own collagen production response. The production of elastin, for the skin’s elasticity, and hyaluronic acid, needed for hydration, is also stimulated.
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Very well, I will. I went to Kensington’s Santi London before starting a two month trial of Skinade, where my skin was subjected to various tests measuring elasticity, collagen levels and hydration. Clinician Tariq Karim quizzed me about my current skincare regime and lifestyle choices, and cautioned me not to start using any new products or making any changes to diet and alcohol intake, so that the results could be clearly defined.
I was able to adhere to the product advice, but the festive period almost certainly resulted in an increased alcohol intake – and I guessed that the three weeks I spent out of the country in hot climates would have had a negative impact too.
Despite this, however, my second set of measurements showed significant improvements to my skin, with hydration having increased by 18 per cent and collagen by 17 per cent – while my skin’s elasticity had improved by a whopping 67 per cent.
Collagen is the yellow stuff in the scan images; its increased mass and density is apparent, even to my non-professional eye.
So what does Skinade taste like?
Quite pleasant, actually – light and quaffable, with a texture that doesn’t leave that unpleasant coating on the tongue. Hints of peach and mangosteen give it a fruity sweetness, but at fewer than 35 calories per serving, it’s not going to force you to choose your face over your ass, or whatever it was that Catherine Deneuve allegedly said.
Come on, there must be some negatives?!
Although Skinade doesn’t contain any bovine or porcine products, nor hormones, GMOs, alcohol, added sugar, artificial flavours, artificial colours, lactose, gluten or dairy, it does contain marine collagen, sourced from fresh-water fish – so it’s off-limits to strict vegans and vegetarians. As for the 150ml bottle in which Skinade’s daily dose is contained … it’s beautifully sleek and tactile, but your gorgeous skin is coming at a rather uncomfortable environmental price. Fortunately, there’s also a travel sachet option, which delivers the same 7000mg of hydrolysed collagen in powder form, to be mixed with water. Considering how much less plastic they use, there’s no reason to limit them to travel.
Okay, I’m sold. Anything else?
Developed by UK scientists and manufactured in Britain, Skinade is currently available in 1,000 stockists nationwide as well as on www.skinade.com. It is sold in courses of 30 (£105), 60 (£210) and 90 (£315) days; for visible results, use for at least one month and then continue to use as part of a daily skincare regime.
My skin measurements were taken at Santi London, 33 Thurloe Steet, Kensington SW7 2LQ www.santilondon.com
*according to leading data and analytics company, GlobalData