Marketers know we’re onto them.
We stopped believing the fairytale that collagen creams can make our wrinkles disappear. Collagen is too big to penetrate the skin so there’s no way it can firm it.
So, they’ve gotten smarter. Now they’re trying to make us drink collagen drinks. At least that way we can be sure collagen gets in. But is this enough to make the miracle happen?
A few months ago, I shed some light on the science of collagen drinks. After I’ve finished scouring through scientific journals, I knew it was time to conduct a little experiment.
I’ve got hold of a bottle of Image Skincare Yana Daily Collagen Shots and poured it into my smoothies for a month. Here’s what happened:
What The Heck Is Yana Daily Collagen Shots?
Yana is a liquid beauty supplement rich in collagen, antioxidants (like Vitamin C and green tea), vitamins and hyaluronic acid.
All these goodies are proven to hydrate skin and fight wrinkles. Vitamin C and green tea are powerful antioxidants that fight the free radicals that cause wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates even the driest of skin. Collagen peptides firm skin.
Question is, do they work in a liquid supplement?
Collagen is the protein that keeps your skin firm and elastic. When you’re young, your skin has so much collagen, it’s firm and bounces back immediately when you pinch it.
By the time you turn 21 (21, ladies!), your body starts producing less and less collagen. Soon, skin starts to sag and wrinkle. If you want to slow down this process, you need to replenish the collagen your skin lost.
Collagen creams aren’t the way to do it. Collagen boosters (I’ve listed my fave here) are a better way to get your collagen fix but they can work slowly. A liquid supplement seems like the answer to all your prayers.
Problem is, collagen peptides don’t reach your skin intact. Think about what happens when you eat a steak. Your body breaks it down into its different nutrients. It’s the same with collagen. When you drink it, your body breaks it down into amino acids (FYI, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins).
Your body than takes these amino acids and uses them for whatever it needs at the time. It may use them to boost bone health and decrease joint pain, strengthen brittle nails or firm skin.
So, yeah, it does something for the skin. A 2014 study confirms this. Women who took a supplement with collagen peptides reported an increase in skin’s firmness and hydration – unlike those who used the placebo.
The takeaway: you may drink collagen to get rid of your wrinkles but your body doesn’t know that. It’ll use that collagen for whatever it needs, firming skin included.
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Yana Daily Collagen Shots has an orangey colour (that’s the beta carotene) and… well, it’s an acquired taste.
Image Skincare says you can drink it alone, mix it with water or blend it into a smoothie. The first time I mixed it with Pukka Detox Tea, which has a very delicate flavour. Yana was all I could taste. It wasn’t bitter but it wasn’t exactly tasty either.
The next day, I mixed it with a smoothie. Much better. Now I could barely taste it. I can drink a cup every day and enjoy the benefits without getting distracted by the taste.
But, what are these benefits?
I wish I could tell you Yana made my fine lines disappear but that didn’t happen. They’re still there.
But, I’ve noticed something else. My skin gets a little drier in winter. I fix this by adding a hyaluronic acid serum in the morning and an oil at night. Does the trick well.
Lately, I’ve been using only the hyaluronic acid serum. Since I’ve started drinking Yana, my skin doesn’t need as much TLC as usual. It stays soft and supple all day long and is better able to withstand this crappy, cold weather.
One more thing: my skin is glowing more.
As I’ve said, collagen skin does something for the skin. They won’t necessarily fix a specific issue but they improve the overall condition of your skin. For me, that’s enough.
Yana Brightening Berry Mojito Cocktail
Image Skincare has come up with different tea and smoothie recipes for Yana. I want to share my fave with you. It’s the Yana Brightening Berry Mojito Cocktail:
SERVING SIZE: 1
- 4 mint leaves
- 1/2 cup of mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup of ice
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 1/4 cup of organic coconut water
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey
- 15ml Yana Daily Collagen Shots
- Add all of the ingredients into a blender or smoothie maker and blend well until smooth.
- Add more lime or honey to taste.
- Garnish with extra berries.
$99 $79 at Image Skincare