I’ve heard it repeated numerous times that collagen supplements do zilch to improve our skin. But after trying FANCL’s HTC Collagen and AFC Collagen Beauty for the first time, I firmly believe that collagen supplement DOES work. But what surprises me most is that it works not only on my skin but also on my stubborn eye wrinkles! Now, collagen has become my anti-aging holy grail.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is a fibrous protein in the human body. Collagen makes about 25 percent of proteins in the human body and is responsible for your skin’s firmness and strength. It connects with other tissues and appears in the organs, bones, tendons, and skin of humans. It binds together different parts of tissues in our body. When you are young, your body is abundant with collagen. However, with advanced age, your body will produce less and less collagen. That’s one of the reasons for lagging skin.
Does Collagen Supplement Work Or Not?
Although many dermatologists and doctors claim that collagen supplements don’t work for skin, I’ve also heard many women vouch for their effectiveness, saying that collagen has made their skin plumper. Such a dichotomy has me thinking that why there is such a big difference in opinion. Finally, I find my answer when browsing on a forum. A commenter said that collagen is first absorbed by organs and bones, then by muscles; skin, being the outermost layer of our body, is the last to receive the goodies of collagen. This explanation looks logical to me and tells me why it took more than one month for me to see the real result of collagen supplements.
Speaking of my own experience, I think collagen works in two major areas for my skin.
Reduce Eye Wrinkles
After trying so many “anti-wrinkle” eye products, I’ve thought that my eye wrinkles are a hopeless case. No matter what I dab on my eyes, the wrinkles still go everywhere with me. However, the situation is a bit different for collagen supplements. Yes, like many other anti-wrinkle products I tried, collagen supplements can’t fight off the wrinkles and ruts under my eyes, but the difference of taking collagen is that my eye wrinkles are much softer (this is not temporary and is not a placebo effect up to now after trying it for two to three months) and my foundation won’t slip as much inside the ruts by the end of the day. Although the length of my wrinkles are still as long as they used to be, but they look softer in look. And that makes such a BIG difference in my appearance!
As for the pores and lines I complained about in my post about supplements, I noticed improvement on them very soon. Only one week after trying! However, the bigger, more obvious improvement only came after probably one month. The difference? My skin looks firmer and my pores smaller.
In a word, I think collagen supplements really work for me. No matter what other “experts” have to say about its futility or ineffectiveness, I’m all in! However, for those of you who want to give collagen a shot, don’t be too optimistic. Collagen supplements are not a panacea for all kinds of wrinkles, because, speaking from an objective point of view, the numerous lines when I smile are still there on my face no matter I take collagen or not. I think I need another solution for them. Any suggestions?
P.S. Coupled with my new hairdo, my improved skin condition really gets me psyched up! I really think that I am heading for the right direction for my new image. Yay!