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Thursday, April 8, 2010

dissect and compare: which collagen supplement is best for you

this blog is originally created as "my makeup contemplating cyber couch" but beauty should be part of every woman's (and man's) life and putting on makeup is just one aspect of making ourselves beautiful.

from now on i will share with you dear readers other stuff that i believe is essential in keeping ourselves beautiful from outside and within.

most of you aren't aware of my beauty regimen. while i am obsessed with lotions and creams (since time immemorial) and essential and natural oils, health supplements has also become my obsession (yes obsession) for the past 3 years.

i would like to share with you today my experience with these supplements and we shall start with collagen.

below are 3 of the most popular collagen brands in asia. all 3 are japanese brands and i have been using these alternately for the past 3 years so i am confident about my review.


DHC Nameraka

DHC Nameraka isn't just a collagen supplement. nameraka being a word for "smooth" in japanese contains five active ingredients that claims to give back the healthy glow to your skin. it makes your skin smooth as the name suggests.

These active ingredients are supposed to work together to battle stress and give make your skin revitalized.

Fish collagen 405mg
Fish elastin (proteins included 90%) 30mg
Pueraria Mirifica plant extract (Puerarin 97%)
Pig placenta extract 105mg
Hyaluronic acid 45mg


my experience with it

how effective is it?
true to its claim, it does make my skin uber smooth even on places where i normally have large pores. my skin felt extremely smooth all over. honestly thought that even brad pitt can lick my arms and be impressed. haha.
how soon did i see and feel the results?
my very first ever intake of dhc nameraka, i swear that i felt the results on the 3rd or 4th day. i woke up in the morning and was confused how the skin on my arms felt tautened. when i felt my arms, it was very smooth, only during the 2nd day after the effect took place did i realize that it must be the dhc nameraka making my skin feel taut at first and then smooth smooth smooth all over.
how long will the results last after i stop taking it?
after a month or so of using supplements, i sometimes give it a rest for a few days before i start on the same food supplement of a different brand. with dhc nameraka, when i stop taking it, i noticed the smoothness will stay on for a couple of days and within less than a week it is all gone.
how easy is it to take?
fairly easy. all you gotta do is pop 3 capsules with water after dinner!
any negative side effects?
for those with dry skin (like me) the tautened effect at the initial stage of taking the supplement can feel weird. no allergic reaction on my part.
who should take DHC nameraka in my opinion?
those who is after having a super smooth skin all over. those whose skin isn't too dry. great especially for women who have significant others. im sure your sweethearts will be delighted to caress that porcelain texture.
how much is it?
bought mine for Php 1,300 (approximately 25usd) per pack of 90 capsules, good for a month. my stocks since it came from 2008 and 2009 hoards are still kinda expensive. yea it sucks. but now that there are more sellers, hence more competition, the price has been lowered for as low as Php 1,000 (approximately 20usd). just look 'round ebay, multiply, sulit or forum marketplaces.

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Meiji Amino Collagen

there are 2 versions of meiji amino collagen, one is such as pictured above, also known as "regular" and there is the premium variety which has the same ingredients but has additional hyaluronic acid and coenzyme q10 for added benefits.

it boasts of 5,000mg of fish collagen peptide among others and here are the rest of the ingredients:
450mg of Arginine (A type of amino acid that is essential for maintaining healthy skin)
50mg of Vitamin C (Necessary for creating collagen. The essential vitamin that supports collagen)

my experience with it

how effective is it?
i find that my skin became smoother after prolonged use of meiji amino collagen. my face looks like it has a healthy soft glow.
how soon did i see and feel the results?
the result is very gradual but it's definitely there. within the first month (or before i finished one can) it is already apparent.
how long will the results last after i stop taking it?
just like its effect, the result wore off very slowly, probably after a couple of weeks after i stop using it
how easy is it to take?
together with the can, they provide you a scoop. you're supposed to take 1 scoop of meiji amino collagen with any beverage of choice such as juice, coffee, milk. you may even mix it with your soup. it doesn't have the most desirable taste, by the way.
any negative side effects?
i didnt get any allergic reaction while using this one. it has been claimed however that increasing intake (or going beyond the recommended 1 scoop per day) will make one's face bloated. i did try taking 2 scoops per day for a week or so and true enough, my face fattened a bit. stop doing that and it will go back to normal.
who should take meiji amino collagen?
meiji amino collagen is for those who are concerned that they are losing their shapely figure. for those whose skin is just starting to sag, it is a good idea to combat cellulite and old, sagging skin by taking meiji amino collagen. i find it also that for those who want rosy skin, this particular collagen brand helps you achieve it better than other brands as it doesn't overpower the other supplements as much. continue reading about my experience below to find out why.
how much is it?
from most online sellers, you can get meiji amino collagen for Php 1,500 or approximately 30usd per can, good for 28 days. they also sell a refill pack, good for 30 days, with the same price. check the usual ebay, multiply, sulit and forum marketplaces.

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Shiseido Collagen Update

from a very popular international cosmetics brand, shiseido collagen update is actually an old version of shiseido collagen (they now have shiseido THE COLLAGEN).

shiseido collagen update contains more anti-ageing and beautifying ingredients than the first two collagen brands mentioned above:
1,000mg collagen per 6 tablets
hyaluronic acid
herbal extracts
GABA
ornithine
royal jelly
ceramides
Vitamin C


how effective is it?
it is highly effective. i find that its hyaluron content effectively moisturized my skin a lot more than dhc nameraka's hyaluron ever did. its effect is comparable to when you use loreal revitalift, (its original formula). your facial features becomes well defined. i love the moisture it gives on my skin very much. do you love how your skin feels and looks glowing after you hit the gym? you will get that healthy glow when you take shiseido collagen update.
how soon did i see and feel the results?
saw the results within the first week of using it. it is impressive i tell yah! you will want to keep looking at your face in the mirror.
how long will the results last after i stop taking it?
noticed that within a week after i stop taking it, the results wore off.
how easy is it to take?
you are supposed to take 4-6 little tablets with water everyday. i just took it in 3 divided doses.
any negative side effects?
didnt cause any allergies on me. but since it moisturizes even the driest of skins, it might cause breakouts for some people. i, however, didn't experience any breakout with this since my skin seldom gets a pimple.
who should take shiseido collagen update?
those whose top list is to get extra moisture for their skin. i am not that old yet and i don't have wrinkles but im sure this is an hg material for those in their late 30's or older looking for an oral collagen supplement. and of course people like me who wanna avoid that, or in the early stages of developing wrinkles and fine lines, whose facial features is giving up on them (sadly..), whose showing signs of laugh lines and nasolabial folds, take shiseido collagen update (or the new shiseido the collagen). however, i am also positive that shiseido collagen update easily overpowered my other supplements such as l-cysteine (for skin brightening, whitening and melasma prevention). so you choose what suits your needs :)
how much is it?
there are not much sellers of shiseido collagen update (or the new shiseido the collagen). at Php 1,900 or approximately 40usd, it is on the pricey side. and you get only 126 pills on a bottle, enough for 21 days.

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and there you have my honest and unbiased dissection of the 3 most popular collagen supplements out there.

there are other brands i have tried such as boots luminese silk and nuvite collagen tablets but as i have only used them for 2 cycles max i dont feel like i can give an in-depth review of them.

p.s. writing this dissection made me smile. im a follower of many makeup gurus (such as you!) in blogosphere, thinking i shall never come close to their expertise, but i realize i may be a guru myself when it comes to health and beauty supplements :P

i hope this post helped you (and encourage you maybe) to decide if you are in need of collagen supplements.

what do you think?

be glorious,
R

40 comments:

maki said...

oops.. i have also tried shiseido collagen update drink (which tastes like grape juice concentrate) but i havent used it for a long time, hence i dont feel im an authority to give in-depth review of it.

*Anita* said...

i've never tried supplements before and wasn't sure how well they would work. great review! thanks for sharing this with us :) it makes me curious to try this out! xx

The Beautifier said...

A fabolour review hun! I loved redaing this post, it certainly helped! You made me want to try some collagen suppliments myself! xoxo

maki said...

@anita they definitely work!

@sonali, im glad it helped.

you should try using supplements girls!

Jing said...

i have a lady neighbor who came from japan for vacation. i thought her skin is so glowy and i am jealous. maybe shes taking something like that.

i drink supplements too, but mostly for sharpening the memory. ginko and fish oils.

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Do you think i can take dhc nameraka while im taking althea pills?

Anonymous said...

Do you know where can I buy/order the Shiseido Tablets? I found them in amazon but not sure if that's a good source, or they have the real thing... I look for them on the Shiseido website and they don carried them.. weird... why?

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Hi Miss Maki. Yes please? Do you know of a trusted sulit.com seller of Shisheido collagen tablets? Thank you.

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Does Collagen Supplement have the side effect of making the face puffy? And also acne?

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