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Do anti-ageing pills really work?

taking anti_ageing_pills_14_09_12Botox and cosmetic surgery might be the perceived way of reducing wrinkles, but a new gem of youth has been found in tablet form

‘The Truth About Looking Young’ was aired on the BBC earlier this year, based on the investigation conducted by plastic surgeon Rozina Ali on the anti-ageing business.

Vitabiotics and Imedeen, two big names in the health supplement business, were key brands targeted by Ali. Yet it was one of the nation’s favourite cosmetic companies: Dove that stood out against competitors. The Dove Spa supplement called Strength Within (£35 for a month’s supply, dovespa.co.uk), contains a potent recipe of vitamins and antioxidants (including vitamin C, vitamin E and lycopene).

Tested on 500 women in a 14-week trial, the Dove Spa supplement showed a striking ability to ‘anti-age.’ Wrinkles around the eyes improved by up to 30 per cent and participants experienced an increase in levels of collagen in the skin.

Dove explained that the capsules contain extracts of plants and vegetables that help activate genes that promote the production of collagen, the thing that plumps our skin and makes it appear more youthful. The research even impressed New Scientist magazine, which concluded the rigorous tests seemed to show the pill was effective.

Imedeen, meanwhile, offers a wider range of products starting from £35.23 for a month’s supply. More impressively, perhaps, is the fact consumers are offered the opportunity to have their skin assessed by ultrasound before and after taking their pills so they can see the improvement in collagen density. Imedeen affirms that 90 per cent of women will see a significant change in collagen levels after taking the pills for three months.

Vitabiotics, meanwhile, have had positive feedback from their supplements, when tested over a three-month period. ‘We have hundreds of scientific references supporting each of the nutrients in our Perfectil products,’ says Vitabiotics vice president, Robert Taylor.

So, although thirty pounds might seem like a luxury in tablet form, it actually works out less than the cost of your daily latte fix. Look out for collagen-based supplements that have been tried and tested though, or you might not reap the rewards of giving up coffee for collagen.


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