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SKIP THE MORNING ORANGE JUICE and instead why not try the latest health craze Skinade to kick start your day.
The multi award winning natural peach and mangosteen flavoured drink aims to boost your body's natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid and claims to makes your skin feel and look better in just 30 days.
We all know real beauty comes from within so I thought it would be worth giving it a try.
Skinade tastes good and is best kept in the fridge, as it tastes better cold. It comes in two containers - a rather stylish plastic bottle ready to drink and plastic vials you simply mix with water. Being environmentally conscious, I would opt for the small vials, as it’s a lot of plastic to be disposing of if Skinade were to be a regular part of your daily routine.
I’ve looked at numerous products over the years I’ve been writing about the aesthetic and beauty industry, and it’s my belief is that unless you’re injecting a product directly into the skin or sucking/ cutting something out, then they don’t make much of a long-term difference.
Many of these lotions and potions may only have a psychosomatic or short-term effect, and can be hugely expensive. They often contain similar ingredients to one of my favourite skin products, Baby Bottom Butter from Waitrose, which costs a fraction of the price of some of the leading creams.
Skinade contains pure Hydrolysed Marine Collagen Peptides, sourced from skin or fresh water fish, so it is unlikely to appeal to vegans or vegetarians. However, for someone like me, with high cholesterol, the Omega3 and vitamin c it contains may be what the doctor ordered.
Collagen peptides may also trigger the body’s own natural process of collagen by stimulating the proliferation of fibroblast. The effect is similar to the injection of mesotherapy treatments but is certainly a much easier and less painful way to trigger collagen.
Clinical studies show that, taken over a 12-week period, Skinade improves skin hydration and smoothness and is also likely to boost cell turnover. It claims to reduce fine lines and prevent the formation of deep lines.
I’m lucky in that my skin is pretty good so over the first week of taking Skinade I didn’t notice any difference. But around the third week I noticed that my skin felt less dry at the end of the day – and I seemed to have a little more spring in my step after taking it.
It’s a refreshing drink and a nice way to start the day. It soon became part of my morning routine and I’d happily take it instead of my morning juice.
It is important to remember with all these vitamins and drinks to talk to your doctor before starting. Results will vary and you should not expect miracles. It’s also well worth getting your blood tested to find out what vitamins you’re lacking – you can get it done privately for what you’d spend on an expensive cream and would probably get more out of it.