Every evening I have a ritual. A ritual that involves what I consider to be my – magic potion…. I mix up my ‘hint of berry’ tasting potion, and I drink it up safe and happy in the knowledge that when I wake in the morning my skin will look plumped up, hydrated and glowing.
I love a Kick-ass (NCN Skincare) serum to target skin concerns. A luxurious organic facial oil to nourish and pamper. An exfoliating treatment (such as the Pumpkin Peel) that dissolves away dull and dry patches, restoring my complexion to smooth and vibrant looking.
However, ‘the potion’ works from the inside out. As we are far more aware these days – what we put inside our body in regards to skin health is just as important as what we apply on the outside. Do one or the other and you’ll notice a difference, but invest in both and you have a double whammy effect. They support one another.
There really isn’t much point investing in quality skincare if you’re going to eat too much sugar, drink too much alcohol, smoke, never exercise, sunbathe and not wear an SPF daily…. oh and not forgetting beauty sleep. We really need beauty sleep….
I’m don’t mean to sound preachy, so please forgive me if I do. Those of you that are familiar with my story will know that I was no skin angel years ago. I’ve done most of the above on a regular basis in my younger years as a Virgin Atlantic Air Hostess. Actually, I did at least three of them throughout the month of December. No-one is perfectly healthy all of the time (I certainly aren’t) and who doesn’t want a few glasses of vino and time on the sofa watching films and eating chocolate or cake occasionally? It’s all about balance.
10-15 years ago my skin wasn’t in such a healthy state. Sun-damaged from my carefree, sun worshipping days. Dehydrated, dull, blotchy and prematurely ageing….NCN Skincare saved my skin and gave me back my confidence – to a very large degree. But it was also the additional change in my lifestyle – to a much healthier one, that made me realise the amazing difference it can make to your skin. Healthy food, quality supplements, exercise and sleep are vital. We can’t expect amazing results to come completely from skincare alone, without the supporting elements of the above mentioned.
Almost two years ago I made a discovery and I’m so grateful. It has been a constant staple in my daily life ever since. I discovered a collagen drink – Magic Potion. Collagen drinks have become big news in the UK over the last few years. They’ve been big in Asia for a long time with people touting the benefits of the drinks that will give you a more youthful complexion. Years ago it would probably have sounded a little crazy that we could sip our way to more youthful looking skin…. but in today’s more health and wellness focused world – it makes perfect sense.
Look around and you will find collagen drinks available online, in beauty salons, medical clinics and in certain high street stores. But as I wrote in my last article about not all serums being made the same, not all collagen drinks are made the same either. I have personally only stuck with the brand that I tried and loved, because it delivered results for me and I trust the brand and the team behind it. I drink Collagen Shots by Rejuvenated. I know that team Rejuvenated are so passionate about skin health and using only the best ingredients they can source to support it. They use Marine Extract Collagen (10,000mg per drink). Hyaluronic Acid, acai Berry, vitamins, minerals and natural sweetener (stevia).
After the age of 25 we start to lose collagen at a rate of around 1.5% per year. Collagen keeps our skin firm, strong, plump, and basically – younger looking with less lines and wrinkles. Look at the plump and juicy looking skin of a child – they have collagen and Hyaluronic acid in abundance. It makes sense that we should be topping up our collagen levels in all ways possible, and feeding our body the essential building blocks it needs to make healthy new collagen – from the inside. Remember the ‘double whammy’ I mentioned earlier. Treat from the inside as well as from the outside.
The results that I have experienced from Collagen Shots are, softer and more hydrated skin – all over my body as well as my face. Plumped up skin that feels thicker and with more elasticity. A reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Stronger nails and faster hair and nail growth. The evidence of my results wasn’t just what I could see and feel though….
I had a derma scan at the Anti-Ageing Show, literally just as I’d been taking Collagen Shots for a couple of days. The derma scan measures the density of your skin and tells you the levels of collagen in your skin. There were three sections. Red was not good. Yellow was average and green was excellent. My levels were measured as average for my age – the yellow section. Three months later I had another derma scan – my collagen levels had increased by a huge 75% and were now in the excellent range. I was absolutely thrilled with the results. In all honesty, though I knew I could see and feel a difference, I hadn’t expected so much of an increase. You can see my scan pictures – here
This really highlighted to me even more the importance of what we put into our body. Mixing up my nightly potion of Collagen Shots is part of my daily routine I won’t sacrifice – just like cleansing my face and brushing my teeth.
For more info – Collagen Shots
Have a great day!