Hey Everyone! Hope the summer is treating you well. Hope you are not really skipping your sunscreen? And, yes, tomatoes because the lycopene in them helps your skin fight the sun damage and increases your tolerance towards the harmful rays as well.
These days I am getting my lycopene not from the tomatoes but the Nutrova Collagen + Anti-Oxidants nutritional supplement which I talked about a while back. I got this product in the first week of April and I was supposed to consume the 30 sachets in 30 consecutive days. But, somehow or the other, I still have 5-6 sachets left to consume but still I think I can review the product without any qualms. So, let me start!
Price : Rs 2750 (lets see if the product is worth it?).
Availability : Nutrova Website.
Type of Product : Nutritional Supplement in powdered form.
Color, Flavor and Texture : Cream colored granules in cranberry flavor which are not exactly completely soluble in water.
Usage : Mix contents of one sachet with water everyday and consume it.
Packaging : Since the product is available in sachets of 12gms each, it is easy to carry. The only thing which the brand can provide is a little slit so that the sachet can be opened easily without needing a scissor.
So, how does the collagen in it work?
The product uses collagen peptide also known as hydrolyzed collagen. Amino acids linked together form peptides, and chains of peptides make up proteins. The characteristic benefits of collagen peptide on the skin are by virtue of very specific peptide sequences present in this ingredient.
Also Read : Role of Collagen in Anti-Aging Skin Care
If we eat collagen, it’ll be broken down in our stomach like any other protein. We may get some of the amino acids, which will help, but the peptides are the component of collagen peptide/hydrolyzed collagen that actually benefit the skin.
And, are you concerned about the Fructose in the product?
Fructose is the first ingredient because the safe and effective levels of the other ingredients are in milligram quantities, and the amount in each sachet is less than half of what you would find in an apple. We’ve intentionally used fructose in this product because it has little to no impact on blood sugar says Akshay Pai, Founder, Nutrova.
Fructose gets a bad rap because of high fructose corn syrup used in processed food an aerated drinks, but that’s a whole other product. We avoid artificial sweeteners in our products and didn’t want to use regular sugar/glucose which can impact blood sugar, making the product less than ideal for diabetics and people with high sugar.
And, yes artificial flavoring?
Collagen peptide, like any peptide, has a bitter taste and flavouring it was necessary. We use nature identical flavours in all our products says Akshay Pai, Founder, Nutrova. And, yes, I would like to add that though I love the product, I hate the taste. Cranberry is not my cup of tea 🙂
So, now we come to the main part. As I have already mentioned, I did not take the supplements everyday. So, the breaks in between did help me find out how long would the product is effective.
Now, it is no magic that you take the product one day and the skin will turn out beautiful. Basically, what happens is that collagen peptides in the product are absorbed without further breakdown and incorporated directly into new collagen in the skin. So, it takes two days at least to see a difference in your skin but yes you will see the difference.
And, yes, another great thing I found was that the results lasted for two days without following a proper diet so I am sure that the results would be even longer lasting when you take a balanced diet and follow a proper exercise routine. That will help the skin regenerate itself faster.
Did I see any reduction in my fine lines or wrinkles?
Okay, so I do not really have wrinkles but I do have fine lines and I had developed laugh lines as well. And, I have a very deep neck line.
And, did the product work on them?
First, let me be fair. I was not diligent in taking the supplements and, second, it has been long since I have really inspected my skin. So, I can not fairly say that my fine lines reduction is just due to the product but yes there are lesser fine lines than I remember.
And, the laugh lines did get covered pretty soon after using the product!
And, reg the neck line, it is not really gone but I can see that it is less visible.
So, yup, in the longer run, I am sure it is definitely going to help clear off the wrinkles.
Does it remove spots or tanning?
No. This product does not do anything more than its claims. So, do not expect it to make you fair or remove the pigmentation or anything like that.
Well, yes, it is expensive! And, the product is targeted for 30+ age when the collagen production reduces. But, of course, if your skin is damaged, this might rev up your skin. And, depending on the intensity of your skin damage, you can decide the intake schedule of the supplements and balance out your expenditure.