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Friday, 08 January 2016 14:41

Do Collagen Supplements Really Work?

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☆★☆★☆★Happy New Year!! ☆★☆★☆★

Hope all of you had a nice new year weekend and got to welcome 2016 with your family and friends!

On New Year’s Eve, I celebrated with a very nice sushi at SUSHI TEI and went down to Clarke Quay to listen to live music and do a countdown. It was so crowded but super fun with many people! I was also surprised that the train was in operation until 2 am on 1st of Jan and apparently it was much quicker to go home with train than taxi as the queue at the taxi stand was extremely long that day!

Since the new year has just started, have you decided on a New Year’s resolution yet?

Many of you might have considered working your way towards having beautiful skin for special occasions like Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and weddings etc. I realised that there are quite a number of collagen supplements available for sale in Singapore. It especially surprised me to find that most of them are imported from Japan. I wonder if many of you have tried any of these brands, and if any of these collagen supplements have worked in improving your skin…

*DHC & ORBIS are very famous cosmetic brands in Japan. I found many other brands at different stores too!

I did a little bit of research on whether drinking a collagen supplement can actually directly help to improve someone’s skin condition. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been scientifically proven yet that collagen supplement can help to produce more collagen within our skin.

 A dermatologist in Japan commented that “Although you drink collagen supplement, the ingredients would be decomposing some amino acids and it’s not guaranteed that those amino acids will go to the underlayers of your skin to produce the collagen. It is also quite difficult to consider that all of those nutrition that you take a half day before can actually improve your skin directly.”

So what happens to the composition of amino acids? Well, your body will simply prioritise the parts that need the collagen the most – priority will go to repairing the blood vessels or smoothing the knee junctions etc. As such, reinforcing the collagen under your skin could be the last stop as it’s not considered a critical problem in your skin.

So is drinking collagen a waste of money?

Well the thing is - as we get older every year, we lose more ability to produce the collagen thus it is necessary to supply additional collagen to make sure that your body has enough nutrition to improve your body problems and skin conditions. It is also said that if you keep at least 3 types of amino acids in your body, it actually helps to enhance the production of collagen for your skin.

The important thing is you need to try consuming the collagen supplement for at least one month to see if it’s really working as the general skin turnover period is around 28 days. Of course, it also depends on the product’s collagen as well so it’s better to take note of what type of collagen you have tried so that you can pick the right one. Remember to check the ingredients to make sure that you consume a collagen supplement that is suitable for your body.

My final advice is that the time you drink the collagen supplement is very important.  Generally speaking, it’s better to drink the supplement before you go to sleep so your skin cell division can take place while you are asleep.

Let’s welcome 2016 with better skin!

 

XOXO
Akiko

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Akiko Nishikawa

Akiko Nishikawa

Hello everyone, I am Akiko and I recently moved to Singapore

I was born and raised in Tokyo, but my mother is originally from Taiwan, thus my childhood environment was more focused on Asian countries as I often had to fly to Taiwan to see my grandparents when I was a child.

In Japan, I was known as a beauty freak among my friends. I love everything about cosmetics and beauty products because they can really change your world in many ways! For a start, I would like to introduce some of the latest trends in Japan, and I do hope this information will help shed more light on what goes on in Asia’s most central beauty industry – Tokyo!

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