It’s pretty well known that if you don’t take care of your body then your skin will suffer. Eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water isn’t just good for the bones, it’ll help skin look healthy and firm. So why do we get wrinkles? And what part does collagen, a simple protein, play? And why do we need it? And what does Wassen have to do with anything?
Well, after working with an aesthetic nurse prescriber for the best part of the year, I’ll do my best to explain.
As we get older, our skin loses elasticity making it look sallow and just a bit old. Fibroblast cells are imperative in the production of collagen and elastin, and these begin to slow down. No one really knows why, but this starts happening from your mid twenties.
By the time we usually realise five years down the line, those wrinkles around the eyes and mouth (if you’re a smoker, this is one massive reason to stop. Well, that and the cancer) are starting to become deep set, and soon nothing aside from a bit of botox and some filler will hide the damage.
So how can you kick start your fibroblasts into working again?
Radios and retinol
One way to rejuvenate the skin is by radio frequency facials or sublative treatment and then going onto a based skin regime. Together, they target a specific area and stimulate the fibroblasts into producing collagen again. I tried RF facials (one of the perks of the job) and literally had half a face treated as a comparison, and they work so, so well. A series of treatments is needed but it gives instant results. It’s effective, though costly.
Sugar, sun and cigs
Secondly, is diet. Stop smoking, use an SPF of at least 30 in addition to whatever your foundation carries, and cut out sugar. These are a toxic trinity for the skin, and pretty much nothing you do will work if you’re being exposed to them.
In tandem with these treatments, the dermatologist also recommend a collagen boost in the form of supplements or a drink.
Wassen We Beautify Collagen
The one used in our clinic cost around £120 for a tub, which was quite expensive, and would need about 4-5 months of drinking to see results. A tub would last one month. And it didn’t taste nice. And of course, a lot of the properties of these drinks are destroyed once it reaches the stomach or used for energy. Then, there’s the fact that it’s not going to all magically rejuvenate the skin around your face, it’ll work all over the body. And you had to visit your dermatologist every month to get your next batch. £120 for a month was too much for me to even think about.
Studies are needed to prove their clinical effectiveness, but when used in combination of the other treatments, we noticed our patients’ skin really improved, without the need for injectables. Hey, not everyone is comfortable with botox and due to that we used other techniques and products to get the same effects.
So then Wassen got in touch with their £20 alternative and I was massively intrigued. The properties of their drink looked exactly the same as the high-end I’d seen results from. Their collagen is also derived from bovine sources. (That’s cow connective tissue. If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll need to check this, as pretty much all collagen sources are derived from animals.) The best thing though, is that it’s available from Boots. £20 buys 10 sachets, and directions are simple:
‘1 sachet per day for 4 weeks, preferably 8 weeks or longer for greater benefits. To suit your taste, mix with 50ml or more of water and stir until dissolved, to make a great tasting orange drink.’
It does taste good (great is subjective here) and far better than the £120 equivalent. It’ll cost about £60 for the minimum course of 4 weeks.
I will stress, I had a 10 day supply, nothing anywhere what’s needed to see any result so all I can really talk about is the taste. Be wary of reviews which state their skin has started to change etc. At best, it’s a placebo at this stage.
But this is one of those things, like a multivitamin, that will just help keep everything finely tuned. Think of it like a gym membership – you can buy it and walk in, but that isn’t going to help you shed the stones. This is the same as your membership. Don’t take this expecting miracles – it’s not a quick fix by any means. Invest in your skin and use a collagen drink as an add-on, and you’ll be setting yourself for good skin as you age.