BEAUTY: COLLAGEN POWDER A MIRACLE CURE ?

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Collagen powders are the latest beauty “fad” that all the celebrities are taking and it is now a multi billion pound industry. Well on this one I am ahead of the celebritiies I have been taken collagen powder for over two years and prior to that was consuming Skinade daily for about 5 years.

From your mid twenties collagen declines at about 1 % every day rising to a steep drop in your menopause of about 30% of total collagen.

So does our collagen need large replacement doses as we commence our menopause ?

WHAT IS COLLAGEN ?

The largest protein found in your body. Found in bones, muscles, tendons and skin. Think of it as a scaffold holding up the skin. As this diminishes so does the structure of our skin particularly evident on our faces as the connective tissue start to weaken and sagging and wrinkles appear. It is the glue that holds everything together and is found in teeth, nails, hair even corneas as well as the skin. So a super boost of collagen surely must hold many benefits.

DOES IT WORK ?

Well it certainly has eased my arthiritic joints and my hair is super glossy and my skin is glowing although I am not wrinkle free…..yet. I only embarked on the collagen journey having met up with an old friend whose skin had improved dramatically and she seemed to have a glow about her to which she attributed to Collagen powder.

You have to commit to taking it EVERY day in a hot or cold drink. Although purists say it has to be cold as heat breaks the collagen down. So pop it in your morning smoothie. I have a bovine collagen drink though so I make it into a hot drink rather like a cup of soup. I t can also aid weight loss as it makes you feel quite full.

With these new wonder foods I honestly think the only way to see if they work is try it every day for at least a month and see if you notice an improvement.

MARINE V BOVINE

Collagen powder is either fish or animal derived. There are some vegan options but these seem to be largely vitamin c based. Although I personally have taken bovine collagen there are now some question marks over the sources. In some products large amount of metals and cadmium(also in spinach !!) have been found. Also when you think these powders are largely ground up bones , connective tissue and by products of cows I wonder how regulated these products are especially considering the BSE outbreak a number of years back ! I have now embarked on the marine collagen by Vital Proteins to see if it is just as effective as the bovine appeared to be.

But if taking supplements is not for you then there are foods that are natural sources of collagen.

FOOD SOURCES OF COLLAGEN

  • Egg whites
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Berries
  • Garlic
  • Citrus fruit
  • Kale

Or, you could try making your own bone broth with good quality bones sourced from a reputable butcher.

Remember diet is always first and foremost when it comes to good quality skin. All the above foods I include in my diet on a regular basis then the question would be whether I really need to be taking extra supplement when I cannot be sure on the source of the powder.

MMmmmm that is the big question and definitely ‘food’ for thought.

Mwah mwah. xxxxxx

JOJO x

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: REMEMBER PREVENTION IS ALWAYS THE BEST OPTION. THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF LOSS OF COLLAGEN IS UV RAYS SO SPF 50 SUNBLOCK IS A MUST ALL YEAR ROUND. OH AND NO SMOKING!!!

BEAUTY:THE TRUTH ABOUT MORPHEUS 8

SPENDING MY MONEY…….SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO

Morpheus 8

After being bombarded with pictures of Judy Murrays “remarkable transformation” to her skin on various media platforms I started to think , like many other women maybe I should give it a go. Especially to target my lip lines as , regular readers will know is my nemesis….nothing works (and a non smoker !!!). Even though I could see her make up and lighting in the latter pictures were completely different. Apparently Amanda Holden and Kim Kardashian are advocates. But be aware some celebrities are paid to endorse without even having the treatment !

However if you google this treatment there are scores of positive promotion on line, but look closely these are nearly all clinics who offer the treatment or seem lie genuine clients but their sites are linked to the clinics ! Even magazines seem to have avoided the Morpheus 8 debate. So i thought i would do an honest appraisal of my own experience and a few friends that genuinely also had the treatment with mixed results.

This treatment does not come cheap £500 per session, although I am aware of many clinics charging up to £1500 per session. A minimum of 3 sessions is, of course recommended. So I booked my first session in a reputable clinic in Knightsbridge.

WHAT IS MORPHEUS 8 ?

This treatment combines micro needling and infra red. The needles are 7mm long to penetrate extra deep. It targets the dermis and sub dermis to remodel collagen by localised heating.

Ensure you have not used any retinol or peels on your skin two weeks before and also no fillers or botox during this period. Anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin for 40 minutes prior to the treatment, so take a magazine with you as salons no longer supply them during this time. Apprehensive with the amount of anaesthetic cream required, but the treatment was bearable just a little uncomfortable. Although the neck was slightly more painful . Like hundreds of electric shocks with a soldering iron. All over in 20 minutes.

There is an alarming smell of burning flesh and when I look in the mirror afterwards I understand why . A rather sunburned face is staring back at me . Back to the 1970s after a week in Ibiza with just a slather of olive oil on my face. My face literally feels fried and I even have the small oblongs on my skin of the deep fat fryer !

I can’t possibly get on the tube like this. So I called “the bodyguard” to pick me up outside the salon. Directly outside. Well never have I been so pleased to be wearing a mask but even as I ran to the Range Rover I managed to scare the life out of all the people sitting in the coffee shop next door. or perhaps they thought I was a celeb in my mask, dark glasses and baseball cap !

AFTER THE TREATMENT

I was assured by my therapist (the one that did my treatment not the one I have had to have counselling with following the treatment) that the redness would disappear within 24 hours and certainly on line it does state minimal downtime. THIS IS NOT TRUE. It has taken at least two weeks for the burns and welts to disappear and even a month on even though there are no visible signs my skin still feels scalded.

I did actually feel like a burns victim it was hard to sleep, my skin was sore and tight, was this the tightness benefit they meant ? What do we do to ourselves as women in the name of beauty. If it was not in the name of beauty we would have GoFundME pages set up for injuries like this?

Neck After One week Post Treatment

Surely sunburn is based on the same principles UVC damages the upper layer, UVB penetrates the epidermal layer and UVA rays damage the cells even deeper causing the cells to fight back and are stimulated to heal through collagen being stimulated. How do we know until many years later the real damage these machines are doing to our deeper layers until it is too late ? Do you remember the Isolagen scandal about 10 years ago with the promise of youth taking skin cells from your face and centrifuging them before injecting the cells back in a month later, at £5000 a pop. Found to be totally untrue and a court case ensued with many women claiming damages.

In the interest of fairness I have had three other friends try the treatment two are of the exact same opinion as myself but I must say that one of my friends is delighted with the treatment, she is not sure if she has seen a difference to her skin but her therapist did show her a 3D image of the improvement in her subcutaneous layer………

I am not convinced until I see a difference in the mirror and results on the promises I was sold. Even though I have only had one treatment apparently I should still see SOME results although It was made clear that your results are clearer after three. One month on I have seen NO differences and I did take my own photographs as clinics know the art of photograph before and after treatments. NO difference. Even worse I can’t help thinking I have actually damaged my skin.Will I book my next session…….NO…….maybe another week in Ibiza……..minus my usual 50+ sunblock !!

NOTE: This article is my own personal view and is clearly unsponsored. However like many beauty treatments/products this may work for you but it did not work for me. But I hope it at least gives you pause for thought.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO. XXXXXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: I REALLY DISLIKE THE WAY AS WOMEN WE ARE PREYED ON BY THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY WITH PROMISES OF MIRACLES. BUT SOMETIMES THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW IF IT IS GOING TO WORK FOR YOU IS TO TRY IT. I HOPE MY HONEST APPRAISAL OF MORPHEUS 8 JUST ARMS YOU WITH A BIT MORE INFO ….THE BITS THEY DON’T TELL YOU.

5 CULT BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT DO NOT WORK

LET ME SPEND MY MONEY SO YOU DONT HAVE TO……

One of many things that improve as you get older is not to take the beauty industry that seriously. You understand that beauty editorial of the next batch of “must have” products are normally funded by spend on advertisement in the magazine, free products etc. I know many people in the industry and most of those beauty writers have never even tried the products and certainly not for any length of time. Of course some of these beauty buys may deserve cult status so I decided to try some at my own expense. I get so annoyed at the dreams we are sold as women and spend a lot of money on products that don’t live up to the hype. This is completely unfunded unbiased approach and I have tried each one for 6 months and the following did not work for ME and in some cases made matters worse !

Bottom Of The Class

LASH SLICK £14

Glossier’s first ever mascara. Promises to lift,curl,sculpt, lengthen and enhance the look of your natural lashes. This brand was only launched in 2018 but Vogue Magazine featured it heavily and I attended a Vogue afternoon to launch the brand to its customers. Now, I understand the brand likes the no make up , make up look that I advocate for us older women but with mascara you really do want it to make a difference. What is the point of a mascara that looks natural ? You may as well apply a little vaseline. I have naturally long lashes but I personally felt that I still had to apply several coats to make a difference on any of its promises. After so many coats my eyelashes were so brittle and hard that it had the appearance of a cheap mascara . The price was fair but then it is expensive if it does not work. Nothing still beats Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara and I have tried practically every one on the market.

PILLOW PLUMP £10

Soap and Glorys offering from Boots is well priced if you want to try it yourself. I so wanted this to work as I would love plumper lips without resorting to filler. So much so I have now tried this for a whole year in the interest of science. Claims to help increase the skins natural levels of hyaluronic acid ??? It has a real tingly feeling to trick you into thinking something is happening but alas no, no ,no. Normally menthol is the ingredient that causes the tingle. The lip gloss is very sticky and the smell is sweet and cloying quite nauseating. This product is aimed at teenagers, I feel but those in search of the miraculous claims made by this product ……..don”t bother . NO PLUMPER LIPS !

OLAPLEX No 3 £24 (100ml)

Consistently overhyped by beauty editors this ‘Hair Perfector’ probably was the worst product I have ever used. Claims that this product seeks out broken bonds in the hair (by chemical,thermal and mechanical damage) and repairs them restoring compromised hair to former glory. Well my hair started lovely and became dry and brittle after using this ‘hair perfector’. Even my hairdresser noticed but told me to carry on with the treatment for 6 months as it takes time to work but my hair just got worse and was drying it out so I abandoned this one before the 6 months is up. Have read several reviews for this product that have said exactly the same. Strange considering the claims. An expensive mistake.

VIRTUE THE POLISH £19

A leave in hair conditioner that claims to smooth hair and eliminate frizz and lock out humidity. Sorry to choose another hair product but this is one of the fastest growing parts of the beauty market with hyped up prices to match the hyped up claims. Would not normally spend £19 on a hair conditioner but as someone whose hair frizzes up at the first sight of humidity or rain really wanted to try this product much loved ……by beauty editors. Considered a cult beauty product. Oh dear it did not “tame,calm or transform” there are very mixed reviews but general consensus seems to be not to blow dry but leave to dry naturally so good for curls. But if you want a sleek smooth glossy look do not use this just use Moroccan Oil works every time on wet or dry hair ! My go to product.

COVER FX BLURRING PRIMER £30

Want “skin perfection” then give this a miss. May work on younger skins but as you know I am not a lover of primer on more mature skins but this one claims to “instantly minimise the appearance of fine lines to create a super smooth flawless airbrushed look”. No. It drew attention to my fine lines making them LESS fine . A light cc cream on its own will give you a more flawless look. Although I will point out Cover FX do use healthy vegan free ingredients they say. But pricey. Marie Claire Magazine rated this as the best primer for radiance and primer. But I disagree . Maybe for a younger oily skin this would be great but to all my followers don’t waste your money on this one.

So there you have it my fellow stylelistas I hope I have saved you some money this week. These five products are all currently high on Beauty Editors lists and consistently win awards in all the magazines. But I would encourage you to read INDEPENDENT reviews from genuine consumers like this one. Be careful you are not reading reviews sponsored by the actual Company or retailer designed to sell you these dreams in a bottle.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: BUY THE SMALLEST SIZE TO TRY OR EVEN ASK THE RETAILER FOR A SAMPLE SIZE. EXPENSIVE DOES NOT EQUAL EFFECTIVE ON THE CONTRARY THE CHEAPER MORE NATURAL PRODUCTS ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE. SEE PREVIOUS ARTICLE ON COCONUT OIL !

JOJO xxxxxxxxxx