I’m sure we’ve all heard of collagen and how it helps with the skin. There are facials that incorporate collagen in the routine, or eating foods that help to increase collagen production, or consuming collagen supplements.
Just a little bit more about the importance of collagen, I was reading up on it (I literally googled “Do I have to drink collagen if I’m young” and read a few articles) and most of them stated that it’s never too early to start. It’s even safe for pregnant ladies. As we grow older, the body begins to create less collagen. I’m in my early twenties and I’m so glad I know about this early on. I think collagen only started to gain more popularity in recent years and here’s what it is good for:
- Collagen constitutes 75% of skin structure
- It is the key determinant to the preservation of skin firmness and elasticity
- Ability to replenish collagen naturally decreases about 1.0%-1.5% per year
- Both extrinsic and intrinsic factors drive the physiological process of skin aging associated with a decline in collagen formation
If you want to consume collagen supplements, some out there may contain sugar, isoflavones, artificial flavouring, stabiliser or preservatives, which will affect your health in the long run. Hence, it’s really important that you read the ingredient list before you make the purchase. And even I get lazy to read them, because there might be some ingredients that are unrecognisable, and you have to google about to find out what are they.
I recently tried one from Lao Xie Zhen, and they are a pioneer in the industry for over 90 years. They launched the Collagen Beauty Essence just last year in 2020 and I recently tried it for myself.
Here are the ingredients they have packed inside the Collagen Beauty Essence:
- Acerola Cherries
So, remember when I said that there are certain foods that can promote collagen production? The first nutrient that can help with that is Vitamin C, and those 4 ingredients are rich in plant polyphenols and Vitamin C. Acerola Cherries is a superfruit with 8 times more Vit C than Blood Orange, and this ingredient alone helps to boost collagen synthesis, preserve collagen peptide, aid in absorption of iron and boost metabolism rate.
The essence also contains Nano Collagen Peptide [PO.OG] from Japan, which allows the essence to be absorbed into the bloodstream within an hour.
They have a recommended intake for different ages as follows:
- For those in 20s, consume 1 pack every 2 days
- For those in 30s, consume 1 pack daily
- For those in 40s, consume 1 pack daily and pair with their Chicken Essence
You can have a sachet before breakfast, after exercising or before bed. I tend to have it chilled during mid-day after exercising, but you can consume it at room temperature too. The drink is slightly sweet with an aftertaste, so here’s how I consume it:
Step 1: Pour a spoonful of honey, dilute with a bit of water and stir (so that it’s easier to mix with the collagen drink).
Step 2: Pour in the whole sachet of Collagen Beauty Essence (I usually put the pack in the fridge so it’s already cold).
Step 3: Add some water to dilute it (the collagen drink is quite thick).
Step 4: Add ice (I like it cold!)
If you want, you can even enhance the taste of the drink with berries juice or apple juice instead of honey. But make sure not to add too much sugar or it will breakdown the collagen content.
A box of Collagen Beauty Essence (6 packs) retails at $40, or you can enjoy savings on their bundle promotion! Find out more at Hao Yi Kang’s website.