A few weeks ago I mentioned in one of my product round-ups that I was beginning a trial of a collagen drink by Skinade. After imbibing just a couple of the bottles, the only information I could reliably provide, was that the taste made me grimace.
28 bottles later, I can now bring you the full results of my trial.
Skinade is a bright yellow, sweet drink containing collagen and a blend of essential micro-nutrients for your skin. These include Hydrolysed Marine Collagen, Vitamin C, B2, B3 and biotin, Omegas 3 & 6 (essential fatty acids), and MSM – a naturally occurring form of organic Sulphur.
Now that doesn’t mean a whole lot to me, but what I do know is that these ingredients support the inner and outer layers of the skin, promoting collagen formation and healthy skin function.
The collagen we’re all born with gives skin its firmness and youthful plumpness. As we age, the collagen becomes depleted and damaged through environmental factors – ranging from exposure to the sun, to the damage we do to ourselves such as drinking alcohol, smoking, and not drinking enough water.
Our genes also play a part in how our skin appears to age. As the collagen decreases, we get wrinkles, fine lines, dry, blemished and thinning skin.
Skinade’s active ingredients help the skin’s hydration, radiance, elasticity and increases the production of collagen in the skin.
I drank one bottle every day for 30 days, sometimes after breakfast, sometimes instead of breakfast (I’m not particularly consistent in that department!).
The drink contains sugar from concentrated grape juice as well as an artificial sweetener. On the plus side it contains only 35 calories. After a week or so, the taste didn’t bother me at all.
The only negative side effect I can reveal (with some delight), is that it turned my urine a very bright yellow, almost luminous!
I don’t have any big skin complaints. I occasionally get redness on my forehead and have some deep smile-lines around my mouth. I seldom suffer from breakouts unless I use a cheap skincare product, anything containing mineral oil, or a formulation which simply doesn’t agree with me.
However when I took the ‘before’ photos, and had a really close look, I noticed lots of lines on my forehead. Here they are for your enjoyment:
Fast forward 30 days and I tried to get the same angle in the same light – see below. I have not edited this photo apart from cropping to get close to the action, and increasing the exposure due to lack of natural light.
And here are the two photos together.
I honestly didn’t think I would see any improvement. Looking in the mirror day after day, the change is imperceptible, but when I look at these magnified photos, I can see the lines have smoothed out and my skin is more plump. Can you see it?
In fact, when I think about it, several people have commented on how good my skin looks over recent weeks.
Could Skinade be the anti-aging holy grail?
My verdict? If I could afford to buy this every month, I would absolutely keep it going. If my forehead can look this smooth after 30 days, who knows how much better I’d look after 6 months. It’s a very exciting product.
Go get some. And then please let me know what you think in the comments below or on my Facebook page.
Skinade recommends continued use for lasting results and just drinking it as part of your daily skincare routine. As it already contains several vitamins, there’s no need for an additional multivitamin. 30 days’ supply (30 x 150ml bottles) costs £90 and is available from skinade.com.[Disclosure: not sponsored or paid for but Skinade did kindly supply me with a 30 day trial in return for this post, for which I am grateful.]