Good skin – we all want it, but it’s not so easy to achieve on demand, or even retain if we already have it. There are a lucky few that fall out of bed in the morning with amazing skin, with barely a moisturiser or serum in sight, however for most of us that isn’t quite the case. Personally I’m something of a skincare junkie – I love buying products, I love the ritualistic element of removing makeup and applying skincare at the end of a long day, and with my sometimes troublesome skin, I love the occasions when it delivers visible results and I can see improvement to skin tone, texture or radiance. I’d seen collagen skin supplement Skinade before (mostly on social media) and when I was offered the chance to try a two month supply to review, I was looking forward to seeing if it made any difference to my skin. I’m now 7 weeks in and have taken it every day, either after breakfast or after dinner, and I have to say I’ve become oddly addicted to it!
So what is it? Skinade is “a peach flavoured drink which works from the inside out to rebuild and strengthen the collagen matrix below the skin’s surface, boost natural levels of hydration and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles” – meaning it results in firmer, more even toned, hydrated, radiant and younger and healthier looking skin. As it repairs connective tissue, it claims another benefit is stronger, healthier and faster growing nails and hair too. It’s in a drink form as the body is able to absorb it’s nutrients much more effectively than in tablet form, which the body can find hard to digest – nutrients including collagen (non-Vegetarian), Vit C, Vit B and Flax Seed Oil. Anyway – enough science, because what you all want to know is, does it work?
My honest answer would be a resounding yes. I ditched my other hair and nail supplements whilst I tried it, in the interests of fairness, and I have to say after a few weeks I genuinely felt that some of my fine lines and first signs of aging had depleted. My skin is dehydrated and acne prone, and whilst this didn’t change ( I wouldn’t expect the breakouts to, as that’s not what Skinade targets) my hair had a significant growth spurt (which it never does), and my skin looked plumper, with a definite softening of my smile lines and frown lines. I can’t comment on nails as I wear acrylic extensions and my real nails don’t see the light of day (ever!) but I had a few comments that my skin looked “glowy”. I feel my makeup is sitting better too, and although I enjoy a heavier coverage foundation, I’ve found the products I’ve worn on and off for years have been looking better than before. I also (randomly) feel my lips look fuller (not that they need it, but I’m not going to complain!) The recommended course for this is 90 days – so will I buy this and carry on? It’s not cheap (starting at £66 for a 20 day supply) but I have to say at the moment I’m sold – it’s become an enjoyable part of my morning routine (B Vitamins offer an energy boost too) and the results are so far worth it. It tastes good (providing you like peach) and the packaging makes it convenient to drink on the go – there’s also a travel version which you add to water for holidays etc. Short term this would be great for a pre- wedding routine- as it’s something simple you can do to improve your skin for the big day which requires minimal effort. I’ve definitely seen the difference more so in the last few weeks or so, so based on my experience it would need to be a 2 month minimum for optimum results.
If you’ve tried Skinade let me know how you got on! If you do try it before your wedding I’d love to hear how you get on and if you see a difference. It’s available at www.skinade.com.
We have two sets of a 30 day supply of Skinade to give away, all you have to do is simply enter below! The two winners will be announced in next weeks beauty post ~ good luck!