In a way our mothers and grandmothers lived a better life than we do-they might have had more hardships and inequality, there was definitely less choice and opportunities for them to express themselves, but theirs was a slower pace and less expectations were placed on them in terms of how they looked. They didn’t have a variety of beauty products, tools and supplements that we have, but was it one of the reasons why many of them had more style and flair than women of today?
There is so much choice available to us now-at work, at home, in our personal lives, but with it comes an overwhelming amount of opportunities and hence more responsibility and time restrictions. Let’s take the example of beauty supplements-new ones are getting launched all the time, but which ones do we really need to use, which ones will make us feel and look better-even with my interest in all things beauty related, I often find the variety confusing. I am also cautious not to bombard my body with too many supplements and vitamins, which can cumulatively actually cause harm.
So what to do to make the right, informed choice? One tried and tested suggestion is this-look at your girlfriends or women that you truly admire and find out what they do lifestyle wise, learn form the experts and try things out for yourself to see what makes a difference to you, as you are unique.
Recently one of my friends have been positively glowing-no, she isn’t a happy newly-wed or a new mother. She is slightly older than I am, is happily married and one of her children has already flown the nest. In addition, she is starting a very exciting business of her own and as many of us know from experience, it requires a lot of time, effort, dedication, hard work and many late nights. Yet with all of the above responsibilities and commitments she glows and her skin feels so soft to the touch, it’s as if she turned back the time and got the softness of the skin that only babies have. So I asked her…..-‘Collagen shots’ was the reply. Shots? No, not the doctor’s type of shots, you buy Collagen shots in powder form and one pack contains a 30 day supply. A few days after the initial conversation with my friend, my curiosity got the better of me, I bought a Rejuvenate pack of Collagen shots and started testing the supplement on myself.
My skin is generally quite soft ( thank you genetics ! ) but I tend to get dry skin on my elbows and feet, so unless I apply moisturiser to those parts of my body religiously, they will feel slightly dry to the touch. Within three weeks I have noticed that my skin felt softer everywhere, it really did. I finished the pack of Collagen shots and decided to stop and try another supplement from another brand that is good for skin, hair and nails. Well, I can honestly say that by the time my next pedicure appointment was due, three weeks later, my heels felt really dry-not Sahara dry, but dry to the point that I knew that Collagen shots do make a difference and deliver exactly what they claim on their packaging-improve skin elasticity and softness, as well as reduce fine lines and wrinkles ( ‘clinical trials have shown that drinking 10g of collagen per day gives an average 41% reduction in lines and 91% increase in hydration ‘, source: Rejuvenate Ltd ). No gimmicks, no false hopes, but truly soft skin all over. Have I noticed that my wrinkles have gotten more even ? I honestly can’s say just yet, as my frown lines look the same to me when I look in the mirror, but hey, I was born frowning, so can’t expect an instantaneous miracle, however I started on my second pack of Collagen shots two days ago. It has an Acai berry flavour ( fruity and pleasant-ok, you might need a day or two to get used to the taste, but I do really like it ), I do drink a large glass of water mixing collagen shot into it before going to bed ( make sure that you follow the instructions on the pack-very easy and straightforward, if you take the time to actually read the instructions and not skim through them, like your truly! The first time I did it, I just put the powder in the glass, pored the water over and was destructed by something-by the time I came back I had a big lump of powder in the glass that refused to dissolve ) and I do like how my skin looks and feels, even if I forget to moisturise when I dash out of the shower and get on with whatever I have in store on the day.
Q & As about Collagen Shots with Rejuvenate founder, Kathryn Danzey:
GAP: Can you tell me a little about your professional background and how did you come up with the idea to develop Collagen shots?
KD: I first trained in beauty 37 years ago at Du Barry College in London, I’ve seen so many changes in the industry over the years and it is really fascinating to see the advances being made. We supply around a thousand salons throughout the UK with equipment and products and much of my time is spent training in salons and colleges.
GAP: How long did it take to develop Collagen shots and when did you launch the product officially?
KD: I wanted to develop a collagen drink for some time, as I’m a big believer in beauty from the inside out. No matter what you do to the outside, if your skin is dehydrated at the dermal level it will never look its best. The key was to find the best ingredients and the right production team. Our production team formulate products for many of our Olympic athletes and top Formula 1 teams, so we are a true British Brand and proud to be so.
GAP: How quickly can you expect to see the difference after starting to take Collagen shots?
KD: Everybody is so different. I was amazed how quickly I and many others see results. I normally say expect it to be a three months course with maintenance, but after about ten days my elbows were so soft, it was incredible and clients that come to me for monthly treatment were asking what I had done.
GAP: Why do you need to drink it in the evening, half an hour before bedtime?
KD: You can actually take Collagen Shots at any time of day, but if you drink them around half an hour before bed time and at least three hours after a main meal, then the body can process the collagen quickly. Plus the first two hours of sleep are when regeneration of cells actually take place.
GAP: How are collagen shots different from let’s say a cream containing collagen?
KD: A cream is superficial and rarely gets down to the dermal layers. Drinking Collagen Shots ensures that the collagen is absorbed and can be used throughout the whole body. Many people notice that their heels have become soft, there are so many areas that you will notice an improvement.
GAP: Do you need to take collagen shots constantly or can you take it several times a year, at regular intervals?
KD: It is good to take Collagen Shots for at least three months as a course to help to stimulate cell renewal. If you stop after this time, the body will gradually return to its natural levels, however most people continue to take Collagen Shots ongoing or take them three to four times per week as maintenance.
GAP: From what age would you recommend starting to use Collagen shots and why?
KD: Collagen levels diminish by 1.5% per year after the age of 25, I have a friend who is only 22 that takes them, as she has dehydrated skin and finds that the Collagen Shots make her skin feel so soft. Most of our customers are in their early 30’s and go up to their 90’s.
GAP: What makes Collagen shots different from any other collagen supplement currently available on the beauty market?
KD: When we developed our product the brief was to have ten grams of marine extract collagen with a RRP of £30. All the clinical trials that we found had been done with ten grams of collagen of marine extract. We felt that £30 RRP was the right price for customers to be able to afford Collagen Shots long term. Bovine and chicken collagen is much cheaper, but we wanted to make sure that we were using the most synergistic blend possible.
To get the same amount of collagen from tablets you may have to take up to 30 tablets per day and one drink on the market would cost £216 for 30 days to give you the same benefit as 30 days with Collagen Shots.
GAP: Are there any side effects to using Collagen shots?
KD: Collagen Shots are fish extract, so if you are allergic to fish or are a vegetarian, they are not suitable for you. However, the only other side effect that we have noticed is gorgeously soft skin.