Who isn’t on the hunt for perfect skin? Whether our complexion woes are breakouts (last year saw a 200% rise in adults seeking specialist acne treatment), enlarged pores or damage from the ‘sun-bathing years’, the majority of us have something skin related we’d like help with.
Cue Skinade, the UK’s leading collagen drink that promises to nourish skin from the inside out. Sound too good to be true? We’re putting it to the test by trialing the award-winning product for two months. Read on to see how we’re getting on…
What exactly is Skinade?
The ‘Best Skincare Supplement 2016’ in the Beauty Shortlist Awards is a drink containing key nutrients that are essential to the healthy production of collagen protein in skin. It’s collagen that’s necessary for skin to look and feel good, from reducing the appearance of fine lines to retaining elasticity. Collagen naturally depletes as we age and can be stunted by lifestyle factors such as poor diet, pollution and smoking, so it’s important to boost it in other ways.
And how does it work?
Skinade increases collagen in the bloodstream by adding 7000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen from each bottle (one 150ml bottle is recommended daily). This triggers the body’s own collagen production by firing up the fibroblasts (think of these as your body’s own collagen factories). By increasing collagen in the bloodstream, you increase the body’s production of hyaluronic acid, which keeps your skin hydrated, in turn, keeping it looking and feeling healthy.
What does it taste like?
For a skincare drink, it doesn't taste too bad at all. It is naturally flavoured with peach and mangosteen and has a bit of a kick to it from the potent ingredients.
Why a drink?
Unlike a pill, liquid is more readily absorbed into the bloodstream, ensuring Skinade’s hardworking ingredients are made the most of.
So how do you know if it makes a difference?
Before starting our course of Skinade we visited the PHI Clinic to test the health of our skin. The Harley Street-based clinic offers the VISIA Skin Analysis – an advanced camera treatment that scrutinises the health of your skin in order to determine just what needs to be done to get it looking as good as possible. It’s the type of place you’ll find everything from £750 facials to non-surgical face lifts. Fillers and Botox are their USP, as well as hardworking, no BS treatments that get the job done – clients pay the price to get real results.
Who: We saw Dr Benji Dhillon, whose impressive medical CV defies the years he looks – a good sign, we thought. Dhillon knows his stuff – he’s a fully trained plastic surgeon but specialises in non-surgical lifts and rejuvenation.
Our treatment: Focusing on eight key areas, from ageing to sun damage, a camera read the details of our skin and analysed it based on a ranking relative to others of the same age, gender and skin. In layman’s terms, did we have more wrinkles than most at our age? Should we have worn a higher SPF all these years? Sounds daunting? It was, but insightful? Absolutely.
From here, the consultant came up with a plan of how best to correct the damage already done and prevent future damage – be that through a supped-up skincare regime or more serious treatments like peels and Botox.
What We Learnt
The good news: Results showed that our spots, wrinkles and texture came out at high percentages – this was good, the higher the percentage the better – and healthier than the average for our age.
The bad news: UV spots, brown spots and our pores came in with a low percentage score compared to other women of the same age.
So, what next? Dr Dhillon made recommendations for an improved regime: a daily hyaluronic acid to combat the skin’s dehydration and vitamin C-based skincare to help protect against free radicals.
And of course, Skinade’s daily collagen drinks to boost the skin’s natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid. And if we wanted to go down a more intensive treatment route, he recommended a non-ablative laser course to help with discolouration, pronounced pores and collagen stimulation. Botox was mentioned, but first off, we’ll stick to seeing what the skincare and Skinade can do. We’ll keep you posted.