Before I begin, this pic on the top is my current skin sans ANY Makeup , Filter or App or Touchups. This is as is from the camera cos if I am gonna talk to you about a skincare product then I want to show you my bare face.
Collagen , Collagen , Collagen What is it???
Collagen is what makes our skin look younger. Its a protein in the body that makes a large part of our skin, hair and nails. It is essential for a youthful looking skin. It is what makes your skin look plump and smooth and firm.
As you grow older collagen production starts to slow down and when you hit 30, you start losing collagen. Therefore its never too early to start protecting your collagens. It is also essential to fight facial lines and wrinkles.
So now that we know what collagen is. Do you need me to tell you whether you need it or not?????
If you following me on my YOUTUBE or Instastories, you would know that I have been facing severe acne issue for past 6 – 7 months and that has made me extremely conscious about my skin care. In a way I am glad that it happened cos otherwise I would never have taken care of my skin. This also made me read a lot about skin care & stuff you need to do for maintaining a good skin and I had read about Collagens a while ago.
As luck would have it NUTROVA sent me a supply of their Collagen supplement.
Quantity & Price?
Each box that you see in the picture above comes with 30 sachets which is equivalent to a month’s supply. Its priced at INR 2700.
Pricy?? A little. However, when it comes to skin / health supplements I don’t hesitate much.
What does it contain?
Now this is very interesting
Collagen peptides – these act as building blocks, renewing bodily tissues, such as skin, bones and joints. It has been proposed that collagen peptides may act as a messenger to the cells and trigger the synthesis and reorganization of new collagen fibers, thereby supporting our tissue structure. Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated collagen peptides’ health benefits. Key areas of benefit include healthy aging, joint and bone health, sports nutrition and skin beauty. ( A little technical I know)
What you need to know is Collagen peptides are the building blocks of collagen. I even use a night cream containing collagen peptides cos girl u need ur collagen!
Lycopene is an antioxidant which protects against the damage caused by UV Rays. It also prevents formation of wrinkles and fine lines
GREEN TEA EXTRACTS
As you all know Green tea reduces Inflammation, slows down ageing. The catechin EGCG is especially beneficial, as research has found that it can reactivate dying skin cells. Green tea is also good in reducing oil production in the skin so good for acne. No wonder you find green tea extracts in a lot of good skin care products
GRAPE SEED EXTRACTS
Grape seed extract contains several plant compounds, including oligomeric proanthocyanidins, or OPCs. OPCs are powerful antioxidants. OPCs in grape seed extract contain 20 times the antioxidant power of vitamin E and 50 times the antioxidant power of vitamin C.
Vitamin C limits the damage induced by ultraviolet (UV) light exposure.
Vitamin E works to block free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the ageing process. If we can fight off free radicals, then we can reduce wrinkles and keep the skin youthful-looking.
Boasting of such strong list of ingredients, I knew I had to try this product out because to be honest I am very skeptical about anything when it comes to Skin / health in general. However this seemed like a good bet so I went ahead with it.
A SIDE NOTE : It contains fish derived ingredients (collagen peptides) so incase you have an issue with Non Veg then maybe its not for you.
You are supposed to consume one sachet every day with water. It comes with clear directions. Mine is in Cranberry flavour and honestly it is not bad at all. It infact tastes pretty good so I don’t have any issues with the taste
Does it work?? ( I will try and put forth my very honest opinion here)
Now coming to the main point, I have consumed 35 sachets of Nutrova collagen supplement till now. which means its been a month and honestly according to me any skin care or exercise takes atleast 3 months to show some worthwhile results but I will definitely say that it has not done any harm to me.
Does my skin feel supple and hydrated?
Yes it does, but is it because of Nutrova? that is hard to tell because my skin right now is undergoing a lot of treatment (vitamin A meds, topical treatment creams, moisturisers and yes lots of water and NUTROVA)
Even though I am still struggling with acne but my skin DOES feel a whole lot better. My redness has reduced , my acne scars seem to be lightening and my skin does look fresh. I do have my good and bad days and therefore the pic on top is taken sans any makeup / filter for you guys to see how it looks.
So I am sure things are definitely working in conjunction with each other and therefore according to me NUTROVA is a great supplement to add to your skincare / health regime cos Collagen is a skin food that your skin needs
My fine lines are still there and so is my acne but let me be clear, this is not a magic potion , it will not magically make lines disappear but what NUTROVA might do is help you age a little late and more gracefully
I am hooked!!
Has anyone tried it?? what do you feel about it. do lemme know