I am writing about this because three women I know, all in their 40s, have recently started taking collagen supplements and the effect has been extremely noticeable. It was one of those things where I saw them for the first time in a while and I said: “My god what have you done to your face, you look amazing!”
Shortly after I had been admiring their skin’s renewed youthful peachiness and bounce, Bobbi Brown announced the UK launch of a range of beauty “ingestibles”, (that’s supplements to you and me), to include collagen. I’m sure you’ve seen it around, it’s called Evolution_18 and it’s on sale at Boots.
Some of you will find the idea of taking “beauty” supplements totally insane and abhorrent, and I am sympathetic. I do love that there is a significant percentage of The Spike’s readership who think that a quick dip in a cold bath and a rub on the old visage of Pear’s Soap is all the beauty regime you need, thanks.
On the other hand, I do also know that others are interested in this. And from my personal experience, these things can make a difference. When I take my ZincoVit and my Vitamin D I don’t get ill. When I can’t be bothered, I get a cold in November and it clears up around March. I have taken Perfectil and watched as my hair took on the gloss and volume of a show pony and my nails turned to adamantium and my skin… well, my skin was still a pile of shit but the bits in between the breakouts seemed perkier.
I was sent a range of Evolution_18 products and to combat gift-bias I sent my friend Charlotte the Beauty Collagen powder and asked for a really honest review. “I do not care,” I said, “if you hate it.” She reported back after two weeks to say that she thought it was a good product, tasted fine, and continued to build on the work her previous collagen supplement was doing. She said she would in theory buy the product again.
The Beauty Collagen Powder that Charlotte tried costs £25 for a tub that will last you 14 days, which works out at £1.78 per day. This is less expensive per day than an equivalent product from Perfectil.
There are also two kinds of collagen pill in the range if you don’t fancy a powder: Beauty Grow (50p per day) and Beauty Glow (50p per day). Both made using “bovine collagen”, which will obviously make it a write-off for any vegetarians and might just sound faintly off-putting to non-veggies, too.
There are also two very significant problems with all kinds of supplements and that is a) the cost and b) remembering to take the damn things. But if you are willing to outlay the cost and take them as you would take medicine, in my experience you are likely to see some effect. If you’re thinking about taking these do read around the subject, though. There are a lot of people who think they do not and cannot work and you mustn’t take my necessarily anecdotal evidence as gospel.