DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All in One Gel
DHC the Japanese skin care range have added an everything to everyone moisturiser that I have been trying for the last couple of months.
Its called Astaxanthin Collagen All in One Gel (I’m going to call it Astaxanthin Collagen from now).
I am very familiar with, and some would say a tad obsessed with collagen! If you want soft, smooth and firm skin, then you need collagen. However, Astaxanthin is a new word for me and even more confusing for my spell checker!!
It’s not a made up word though! Astaxanthin is a reddish pigment that belong to a group of chemicals called carotenoids and causes the pink or red colour in salmon, lobsters etc. (DHC Astaxanthin is from algae). It is also a powerful antioxidant, and antioxidants are known for their anti ageing properties.
Antioxidants protect skin by limiting the production of free radicals which damage skin cells.
Vitamin C (also an antioxidant) is often a partner to collagen as it helps with collagen production. DHC state that Astaxanthin is considered to be 6,000 times more powerful than Vitamin C ?
So partner that with hydrolysed collagen and you have the making of a couple of super heroes for your skin and it’s fight against ageing.
so… that explains the colour!
My first impression of Astaxanthin Collagen was the colour, apricot.
Whilst I liked the playful colour I did initially think it looked a bit artificial (i.e. colour added just for… colours sake) but now knowing about the properties of Astaxanthin itself it makes sense, it’s that colour because of the ingredients.
There is no real scent to speak of.
Astaxanthin Collagen and me
The pot itself is supersize, for your £40 you get 120g of cream which is hefty.
The label says it will be fine for 6 months, but I always screw on the lid tight, keep it out of the sun etc (and I don’t share) so I expect this is going to last me quite a bit longer.
I really like the texture of this gel like cream and my skin has only reacted positively in the 2 months or so I have been trying it.
I use quite a lot of the cream because my skin is quite dry and the gel like formula is not greasy at all and my skin drinks it up.
As you should I am extending the use to include my jaw line, under my chin and my neck.
On first use the product gave my skin a glow. I am very pale and I did wonder if it was just adding colour but this isn’t the case.
Astaxanthin Collagen is quite happy to act as a base for my foundation, make up etc and has been doing an excellent job at keeping my dry skin hydrated.
Fine to use am or pm but there’s no SPF so I always top it off with an SPF cream.
Astaxanthin has been a new discovery (and spelling) for me, I’m going to be looking out for it in other products however.
I love using any product that offers me collagen and this cream does that along with the antioxidant properties of Astaxanthin.
To find out more information about DHC Astaxanthin Collagen and other products (I love their best selling Cleansing Oil) please visit the DHC website.
* post includes a PR sample