So first things first, what actually are these supplements and how do they work? The secret behind Gold Collagen is a unique mixture of the hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid (a substance that is naturally present in the human body that helps repair damage or ageing) combined with the highest quality collagen; this then offers support in skin cell regeneration and hydration, resulting in "increased smoothness, softening the appearance of fine lines and decreasing the appearance of wrinkles in as little as six weeks." Taking inspiration from leading technology in Japan, Gold Collagen nourishes skin from the inside out, targeting the visible signs of ageing associated with collagen loss.
So what's collagen? Collagen plays a key role in providing ‘scaffolding’ for cells, tissues, and organs but it also gives skin strength and durability; it's responsible for the smooth, plump appearance of young, healthy skin. As we age the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin gradually decreases (at a rate of around 1.5% a year) which in tern causes dehydration and dullness which only adds to the signs of ageing. The daily shots taste great as they are naturally sweetened with Stevia and help to create a better skin tone with the highest skin hydration levels. According to Pure Gold Collagen, one shot of their supplement is up to twenty times more effective than using a collagen skin cream or collagen pill, particularly as it's absorbed directly into your blood stream - rather than applied as a topical treatment.
Tony Sanguinetti (Founder and Managing Director of Minerva, the producers of Pure Gold Collagen,) says: "Gold Collagen is distributed to the dermis via the blood stream (the deeper layer of the skin) and results in the stimulation of fibroblast cells (collagen-making cells in the connective tissue of the skin) to produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid. Whilst some creams claim to be able to reach the dermis, Gold Collagen actually targets the fibroblast cells in the dermis, triggering them to make more collagen. The outer layer of the skin is extremely difficult to penetrate and as a result the chance of active ingredients reaching the dermis of the skin through topical application is very limited.” I know it's complicated, but stay with me...
So where is the evidence that this actually works? I'm always a skeptic when it comes to believing anything that tells me it's going to provide a miracle answer, but Minerva Research Labs (the owners of Pure Gold Collagen) have undertaken in-house clinical trials, scientific research projects in Europe (Universities of Portsmouth, Liverpool, Reggio Emilia and Roma) whilst also collaborating with dermatologists and Aesthetic medicine specialists all around the world. A clinical study* carried out revealed that uses benefited from a 12% increase in skin hydration after three weeks, a 15% reduction in fine lines and 27% reduction in wrinkle depth after six weeks, plus a 20% increase in skin elasticity after nine weeks. They're results that I can believe in.
So how did my friend Gemma get on when she tried the Pure Gold Collagen supplements over a month long period? First things first, she absolutely loved the taste; getting texts saying "these are so yummy I can't wait for tomorrow morning" definitely prove that the combination of peach and passionfruit is a winning formula. After the first couple weeks she didn't see much, if any, difference in the tone or texture of her skin (saying "my skin has had a bit of a bad time for a few weeks, but it's calming down now so I'm looking forward to seeing what this can do") but she kept with it. After a couple more weeks she started to see the benefit on more than just her skin: "My hair has started to fall out less, my nails are stronger and there's less redness on my face." Sometimes it's harder to see a difference yourself when you look in the mirror every day, but I've definitely noticed her skin seems to be much more radiant and a little smoother. She has a very distinct 'glow' about her that wasn't there before, which has lead to a lot more selfies on Facebook than normal!
Gemma does suffer from breakouts, redness, pigmentation, dryness and the first signs of ageing - which together have an impact on the texture and tone of her skin. She's not one to indulge in too many products and keeps her routine simple, providing me with the perfect guinea pig to try this routine out over a thirty day period. Although Gold Collagen hasn't made a huge difference over the course of a month, she says: "I'm sure with prolonged used I'd see a real difference, but right now I've still got those annoying wrinkles at the corners of my eyes!" I think the key thing is that these supplements are a really easy way to integrate goodness into your routine on a daily basis, knowing you're getting that hit of hyaluronic acid and collagen. The clinical studies* talk for themselves, proving that the ingestion of these traditional topical ingredients provides a positive impact on the texture and appearance of skin. And as far as Gemma's concerned? "I like that I'm treating my skin every day - plus they're so yummy I can't say no!"
What do you think of skincare shots? Would you be tempted to try Pure Gold Collagen and integrate it into your daily skincare regime?
*The beneficial effects of PURE GOLD COLLAGEN® have been published in respected peer-reviewed scientific journals:
1. "An Overview of the Beneficial Effects of Hydrolysed Collagen as a Nutraceutical on Skin Properties: Scientific Background and Clinical Studies" The Open Nutraceuticals Journal, April 2015, ISSN: 1876-3960 ― Volume 8, 2015
2. "A study to assess the effect on wrinkles of a nutritional supplement containing high dosage of hydrolysed collagen" accepted and published by Cosmeceuticals June 2014
3. "An Overview of the Beneficial Effects of Hydrolysed Collagen as a Nutraceutical on Skin Properties: Scientific Background and Clinical Studies" in the Open Nutraceuticals Journal, February 2015, Vol. 8: 29-42.
4. "Effects of a nutritional supplement containing collagen peptides on skin elasticity, hydration and wrinkles" in Journal of Medical Nutrition and Nutraceuticals, December 2014.
5. "Daily consumption of the collagen supplement PURE Gold Collagen® reduces visible signs of aging" accepted by Clinical Interventions in Aging, October 2014.
Find out more about the Pure Gold Collagen daily supplements here. A ten day supply costs £35.99, or a thirty day supply costs £61.98, and is available from Boots stores nationwide, as well as online.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Minerva; however, all opinions and commentary are my own.