A dreadful chain of events occurred a few weeks ago – I went to the bathroom just as the sun was shining directly at the side of my face and, for some reason I looked in the mirror – now while I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am no longer at Snow White level of skin smoothness, I was at least expecting the Wicked Queen – today though what was grinning back at me was said Wicked Queen, when she’s about to head out on apple proferring duty. It was AWFUL. Not only did the lines by my eyes almost reach my ears – they’ve brought friends, little tiny creasy lines on my cheeks. I don’t have lines on my cheeks. I’m not ready for lines on my cheeks!!!
Admittedly a lot of this should be expected – I’m not going to see thirty again (and that’s putting it mildly) and it might help if I slapped on some moisturiser now and again, but still, I was pretty horrified – so imagine my glee when I found an email from Skinade collagen drink saying ‘how would you like to have a try of our product and see if you like it’. Ummm, Pope Catholic, Bear Woods – you get the picture.
I don’t know why it is, but I find it far easier to treat my skin internally than externally – opening a moisturiser, putting it on, getting my hands all mucky seems far too much like hard work, knocking back a skin drink though is doable and so my 30-day regime started.
Skinade: The ingredients
First up the thing I noticed about Skinade was that it’s a hefty serving – the bottles are 150ml each, three times bigger than the Pure Gold Collagen drink I tried before – this is actually great as it meant there was enough liquid within one to help me knock back my other supplements too (they say you don’t need another multivitamin when you take it, but it contains no minerals, no vitamin D and I take extra probiotics and all sorts so that wasn’t going to fly).
It also tastes pretty good – like orange squash and so, I didn’t mind drinking it in the slightest.
In terms of content, the two have slightly different ingredients but let’s start with collagen, which is after all the main event. Both contain hydrolysed collagen which is the form of collagen most commonly used in trials.
Why Hydrolysed Collagen Matters
As I said when I wrote about this subject before, the whole skin drink thing is controversial – many experts say that the collagen molecule is too large to pass into the bloodstream and reach the skin, others claim the stomach acid will wipe it out before it even gets a chance to prove the point above, but, the theory is that hydrolysed collagen has had its particles altered to make them smaller which means they can reach the skin – and now, a number of dermatologists think they may have some effects.
In fact Dr Stephanie Williams, a derm I deal with regularly and have a lot of respect for, recently said she’s changed her opinion on the products after reading some of the more recent trials on products that used hydrolysed collagen. She now believes that not only do the fragments get into the bloodstream and reach the skin, they remain there for 14 days. When this occurs the body thinks that these loose bits of collagen in the skin are actually a sign that your collagen is breaking down – this triggers it to go into a bit of a panic and it starts trying to repair the damaged areas – stimulating your own collagen. Interesting eh!
In terms of collagen quantities – Skinade’s is higher. 7000mg per bottle compared to Pure Gold Collagen’s 5000mg.
The Skinade collagen drink also contains slightly more of the other ingredients the two share…vitamin B6, vitamin C and Biotin.
On top of that, it has other skin boosters including added B vitamins, a form of sulphur called MSM and omega fats 3 and 6. (Pure Gold Collagen focuses more on skin-boosting nutrients like copper, zinc and vitamin E)
Skinade however, does lose points because it contains sugar – sugar is kyrptonite to skin and each bottle contains 1.5g. The Pure Gold Collagen has just 0.1g per serving.
The Mirror Test
Two weeks in and I haven’t noticed any real change in my skin – I still look like Walt Disney’s image of an old crone.
At this point, I call my face jabber Marie and make an appointment for a few weeks time. She can’t deal with the little creasy lines – unless I want to develop pillow face which is not on my agenda – but she can tackle the lines under my mouth which drag everything down and add ten years to my age.
However, let’s fast forward now to Marie’s waiting room – two weeks later. Interestingly, on the side next to where I’m sitting is an advert for Skinade – the results these people have got from a 60-day course are incredible – crows feet disappear, big lines turn into little ones – seriously if I’d had that result, I’d wouldn’t need to be here.
That wasn’t what happened to my skin – BUT I did notice some difference.
Not only does it feel more hydrated, the ‘Crone’ lines have all but disappeared – even in the same terrifying direct sunlight that made me scream before – and the crow’s feet under my eyes have softened.
The ‘sad lines’ that I’m sitting in Marie’s office waiting to be jabbed with filler haven’t vanished, but frankly, you’d need some kind of miracle to tackle them without a needle. It’s a very similar result to that I had with PGC a few years ago and as such my Skinade review so far is that I’m pretty pleased with things.
So, how do the two compare in terms of price. Well Skinade costs £99 for a 30 days supply – skin takes 28 days to turnover so there’s no point in trying anything for less time than that, though ideally they recommend you use it for 90 days. Pure Gold Collagen costs £107.97 for the same amount. So, Skinade is slightly cheaper at normal rrp.
The other thing that I like about Skinade though is that they do a powdered version. This is very handy as, there’s a been a few times when I’m started a course of PGC only to go away for the weekend and can’t pack a heap of tiny bottles in my luggage (and by the time I come back I’ve broken the habit of taking it) – the portable version is a very nice touch.
My Verdict of Skinade
If I’m honest, both products worked equally well, but I liked the size of the Skinade bottle – it made it easier for me to remember to take it, I could treat it like a drink rather than a supplement. Sadly, neither of them have quite weaned me off the needles just yet though!
If you want to see more about Skinade here’s where to find out ALL about them,
Note: This post has been sponsored by kingsofcollagen.com – however this hasn’t influenced my opinion. I told them when they approached me I would only write something if I thought the product had made a positive difference which it has – no, it’s not the miracle in the adverts, but I’m happy. Now, has anyone seen a woman in a floaty dress with seven short dudes, tell her she’s alright – there’s no fruit coming just yet.