I tried Image Skincare Yana Daily Collagen Shots supplement for a month to see if it would improve my fine lines. My 30 day trial with Before and After pics.
Collagen supplements are pretty commonly used in the Asian skincare community. I’ve heard them raved about so I put Image Skincare’s Yana collagen shots to the test to see if there was any truth to the hype. (Also read about my trial with antioxidant beauty chocolate)
The aging of skin is all about collagen. Collagen is the protein that keeps skin firm and as you age you start to lose collagen. By the time you’re 30 years old you start losing collagen at a rate of up to 2% a year. By the time you’re 50 you’ll have lost about half the collagen in their skin. This is why your skin starts sagging. Improving collagen levels in the skin is key to preventing aging.
Yana Collagen purports to improve wrinkles and loss of radiance with it’s Lumiplex formulation. But can a shot of liquid really make its way through the human body and cause a visible effect on aging?
How Do Yana Collagen Shots Work?
Collagen itself cannot be absorbed by the human gut unless it is hydrolysed. This breaks the collagen down into amino acids that the human body can use to create it’s own collagen where it’s needed. Yana Collagen contains
- 2,500mg of bovine derived Hydrolysed Collagen- rich in amino acids necessary for collagen production. I’ve found some good studies below.
- 60 mg Ascorbic Acid- Aka your daily recommended dose of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a necessary factor for creating collagen.
- 2mg of Vitamin B6- good for hormone balancing and sebum regulation.
- 300 microgram of Biotin- also known as the “beauty vitamin”. Biotin is necessary for healthy skin, hair and nails. Taking Biotin in excess is not a good thing, it can upset the B Vitamin balance and cause acne. But it’s fine to take in a low dose like this.
- 5mg Panthenoic Acid- Promotes growth of skin cells essential for skin health.
- 30mg Wheat extract (50% glycoceremides)- phytoceremides that support skin structure and improve hydration.
- 19.5mg Proprietary Blend (Hyaluronic Acid, green tea, Açai fruit, pomegranate extract)- antioxidants to prevent damage by free radicals.
Here are some studies that support the possibility that ingesting collagen could be effective in improving the appearance of skin.
The data is really positive. The studies were over a longer time period than 30 days. But in the 2015 study, visible effects were noted within 4 weeks and they lasted for three months after the trial ended.
My 30 Day Trial With Yana Daily Collagen Shots
To begin with I took before closeups of the only bit of my face where I have fine lines- my dreaded under eye area. Yana is a gloopy orange liquid that comes in a white plastic bottle. There is enough liquid in the bottle to last 30 days if you take a 15 mls shot a day. Store the bottle in the fridge once opened. There’s a little measuring cup for dosage. Make sure you clean out the cup each time or it gets really sticky.
I’m The shot is quite sour and acidic. But I didn’t mind it really, it’s like a sharp orange flavour. Image Skincare recommends taking before water or a smoothie for best results.
Taking the Yana shot every morning before breakfast was no chore for me. If you really don’t like the flavour you can mix it with water or juice. Image Skincare provided a leaflet with collagen boosting recipes. Personally, I don’t have time for smoothie making. This is one of the positives of Yana Collagen Shots, you get a raft of skin loving ingredients in an easily consumable blend.
Realistically speaking, you could get all the ingredients elsewhere. Gelatin is made up of hydrolysed collagen. You could eat lots jelly or boil bones for broth. You could eat antioxidant rich food and supplement B vitamins. But if you’re lazy or time pressed, Yana has what you need all there for you. As it contains all the antioxidants, Amino acids and vitamins for healthy skin Image Skincare takes the brainwork out of your beauty nutrition.
I fancied that I could feel improved hydration of my skin during the trial. I wasn’t really aware of a vast improvement in wrinkles when I looked in the mirror. But the photos definitely attest to reduction in fine lines. My acne didn’t improve or worsen. Check out the pictures for yourself-
Yana Daily Collagen Shots by Image Skincare- Before and After pictures
Here are the close up pics of my undereye before starting the trial- And After-
There are inevitable differences in lighting but I think the improvement is definitely there. The skin looks more hydrated and less lined.
I would happily recommend Yana Daily Collagen Shots To a friend looking for a skin boosting supplement. It is on the pricey side at £74.99 for a month’s supply. You can also get individual shots in little bottles for complete convenience.
(Yana was given as a pr sample for trial. I have not been paid for my opinion)
Yana Daily Collagen Shots is available from FaceTheFuture.co.uk.