Collagen is thought to be the main building block when it comes to beautiful skin.
That plumped-up and wrinkle-free effect that people spend thousands to get back once they’ve lost it through natural ageing (and external factors) is all to do with that one ingredient.
Although there are creams galore that claim to have collagen included, studies have shown that – while they may make your skin feel nice – the collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin and truly repair those broken bonds.
As people become more clued-up on their skincare, companies are having to find new ways to appease us science-savvy lot. Enter edible/drinkable collagen.
This week for Is It Worth the Faff? I’m trying out Absolute Collagen, which has won awards for its handy sachets made for skin.
What is Absolute Collagen?
Absolute Collagen is a drinkable supplement that arrives in a letterbox-sized package through the door. Inside the box is 14 sachets of a lemon-flavoured gel.
According to the company, ‘each 10ml serving is packed with protein and essential amino acids. Our advanced formula is also infused with vitamin C, which works synergistically with marine collagen for optimum rejuvenation and tissue renewal.’
Basically nothing at all. You open the sachet and can either take it straight or mix it in with food or drinks.
It’s lemon flavoured, and tastes slightly bitter. I’d advise popping it in some hot water or peppermint tea to dilute it and make it into a Lemsip-style soothing drink.
It feels weird to be consuming my skincare (and not just by licking my watermelon lip mask off) but also quite virtuous.
The main problem with a supplement is that it’s rare that you’ll actually ‘feel’ anything at all for quite some time.
Absolute Collagen say that, while some people have seen results in as little as two weeks (how long I’ve been taking it), for others it takes up to six months.
My skin feels soft and plumped, but it’s hard to know whether it’s down to the Absolute Collagen or whether I’m just ovulating or my other skincare is working well.
It’s also worth noting that I’m 26, so while my collagen production has started to slow, taking it as a supplement now is more like damage control than fighting an already-blazing fire. For those who are a little older, the effects may be much more pronounced.
Is it worth the faff?
Prevention is better than cure, so if you’re worried about ageing then there’s certainly no harm in taking Absolute Collagen at my age. Just don’t expect to wake up with dramatic results.
It’s not cheap either, with boxes of 14 sachets starting at £26.99 (mine was sent to me for review). Some people would easily spend around £50 a month on fancy creams and serums, so weigh it up against that to decide if it’s right for you cost-wise.
Studies have shown that oral collagen peptides do improve skin hydration, elasticity, and wrinkling compared to placebos, and for those who want to stave off injectibles in their search for filled-out skin, they might consider it for their arsenal.
Personally, buying Absolute Collagen will wait for a few more years. I didn’t hate it, but I think I’m much more inclined to enjoy the ritual of rubbing products in and feeling the hydration or tingle straight away.
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