Pump up the volume
As you may already know, I am a collagen fan.
Collagen is one of the things your skin needs to make it look soft and plump and now I realise, thanks to Skinade – FIRM.
We all produce collagen but it starts to reduce after 20! yep that’s right, you are barely an adult and it starts to drop. It is a slow decline, but with every decade it goes down 🙁
Turn back time?
No, we can’t do that, however there are plenty of things you can do to try and preserve your skin. Me? I have been doing the following:
From age 16 – I have applied an SPF to my skin every-single-day. I have never tried to get a tan, and now, in my 40’s I actively avoid the sun!
In my 30’s I started to rev things up and exfoliation came on the scene together with creams containing Vitamin A – Estee Lauder Fruition (RIP) was one of my first buys.
Today, I continue with all the above but also have made it my mission to seek out products that include Collagen, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. Plus I cleaned up my diet and try to avoid processed food and sugar. It makes me feel better, but also it has been proved that sugar ‘attacks’ your collagen (along with my ability to fit into my favourite jeans!).
Skinade – What is it?
A drink that you take every day, designed to increase collagen levels in your skin (and that’s all of it of course, not just on your face). The benefits are cumulative, you can’t expect results overnight.
Skinade works by adding collagen but it also triggers the body’s own collagen production, which in turn increases your skin’s production of hyaluronic acid (which is ace for skin hydration).
Increased collagen result in firmer, fresher and younger looking skin.
All sounds simple then? and it really is…
The drinks are on You!
You can buy Skinade in two forms (same price for each):
Bottle 150ml pre mixed – open and drink
Travel pack – mix with water
The Skinade drink is a bright yellow/orange in colour – someone once asked me what I was drinking as it is pretty bright – my reply of orange and pineapple juice seemed to cut it. It has a unique taste which I found really pleasant, Skinade describe it as mangosteen and peach, I had to look up mangosteen
as I had never heard of it before, it’s not a mango but a “sweet and tangy fruit”. It does taste nice, I looked forward to drinking it, which made it very easy to stick to the course. Bottle or travel pack, the taste is the same.
The collagen within the drinks is high-grade marine based from fresh water fish (so not vegetarian) but reassuringly is not bovine (cattle).
Each drink contains 7000mg of collagen and are also packed with other high ingredients, and only 35 calories per bottle. See the Skinade website for full contents. In fact if you are interested in ‘better skin from within’ and what Skinade can do for your skin do visit the website, like their bottles it is packed with good stuff.
The first 20 days
I found it super easy to incorporate Skinade into my daily routine, you just open it and drink it!
For the first 20 days I drank it via the pre-mixed bottles and basically replaced my small glass of orange juice with a bottle of Skinade. It doesn’t need to be chilled, but if you prefer you could pop it into the fridge. The advice on the website is to drink it in the morning, I took a bottle up to bed each night and had it first thing in the morning before I ate anything. The only tiny problem I had sometimes was I found it difficult to unscrew the lid, so I just made sure I loosened the lid the night before.
Once I had used up all the bottles I switched over to the travel pack. The bottles are pretty small so easy to travel with, however the travel packs are designed so you can take them on a plane in your hand luggage as each one is only 15ml. These are super easy to use, all you need to do it mix them with water (don’t drink it neat).
I changed my routine when taking the travel pack as I started to have them mid morning with a cup of coffee – this isn’t advised by Skinade though “as caffeine can hinder the absorption of the essential minor-nutrients and collagen” oops!! What I should have been doing in hindsight is having the Skinade instead of the coffee.
My skin was behaving as normal, no breakouts and my tummy seemed quite happy with my new drink.
Day 20 and beyond
Around about 3 weeks in is when I really noticed a change in my skin, and I felt it, FIRMNESS 🙂
I first noticed it one morning when applying my foundation, my skin felt and looked firmer, more even, and smooth, if you are other a certain age you will know that this is the type of skin you are after. Also I didn’t need so much foundation and I also noticed my skin felt more hydrated.
Each day after this I really started to notice and my lines to me looked softer too. Also my hair has a bit more body and bounce plus my nails look good. And whilst I think about it my whole body feels a bit more supple – I tend to suffer a bit with hip and knee pain but these seem to have disappeared too!
30 days and beyond
I preferred the bottles to the travel packs just for the sheer convenience of no mixing whatsoever. The travel packs ✈️ however are a great idea, and it is worth mentioning they are not in powder form, it is like a thick gel so you just put it in water and stir, so no lumps.
I have tried to get collagen in me before in tablet form but Skinade is just so easy (and tasty) to incorporate into my day. Plus the amount of collagen in a glass of Skinade is the equivalent to about 20 pills!
I have just finished my first 30 day course and really am feeling the benefits:
- More radiant & hydrated
- Softer – all over (oh yeah! 😜)
A 30 day course of Skinade costs £105, you can purchase direct at Skinade.com
Have you tried Skinade? I would love to know how you got on..
*post includes a PR sample