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Why Is Everyone Crazy About This Japanese Collagen Supplement? An Investigation

Is it worth the hype?
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Collagen is naturally found in our bodies. If you want to get technical, it composes 75 percent of our skin! It acts like a glue that keeps our complexions looking firm and youthful. The lack of it makes our skin weak and lose its form, aka saggy. This process is inevitable because we have less collagen supply as we age. For example, at age 25, you've got 25 percent less. When you turn 40 years old, your body has 40 percent less compared when you were born. This is why most increase their collagen intake to maintain glowing and supple skin.  You may get your daily dose of collagen through food and supplements.

According to Healthline, other natural and alternative sources of collagen are the following: Bone broth, chicken, fish and shellfish, egg whites, citrus fruits, berries, guava, pineapple, garlic, spinach, kale, beans, cashew nuts, tomatoes, and bell peppers.

There are various supplements available in the market, but one of the most popular ones is the DHC Collagen. It's internet-famous and it has high demand everywhere. We decided to dig deep to know more about its benefits and why everybody loves it. Check out our ~investigation~ below:

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What is the DHC Collagen made of?

According to the brand's website, the DHC Collagen supplements are "formulated with fish-derived collagen peptides and vitamin B1." This the complete ingredients list: Collagen peptide (contains gelatin), cellulose, calcium stearate, silicon dioxide microparticles, vitamin B1,  and vitamin B2.

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What are the effects of taking DHC Collagen on my skin?

DHC Japan claims that the DHC Collagen supplements help improve the suppleness and elasticity of the skin. Fans claim that the daily intake of DHC Collagen has helped them score a smoother and more glowing complexion. Some also say that they noticed certain areas of the body that are usually dry—like the arms, elbows, knees, and legs—become softer and less scaly. 

How should I take DHC Collagen?

For best results, DHC recommends taking six capsules after dinner.

What does DHC Collagen taste like?

Most collagen supplements come in liquid form which can be hard to drink for some because of the fishy taste. (Generally speaking, fish collagen-based supplements do have a fishy aftertaste, so some brads add fruity flavors to make the experience better.) Since the DHC Collagen supplements are in capsule form, you can just pop a pill and drink water to help push the capsule down the throat.

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Where can I buy DHC Collagen?

Here in the Philippines, you may purchase authentic DHC Collagen supplements at BeautyMNL. You purchase a pack for P650 (20-Days Supply) and P1,300 (60-Day Supply).

Are there other supplements from DHC that I could try?

Yes! DHC has a variety of vitamin supplements that you may try to boost your body's immune system. We recommend the following products that are locally available: Vitamin C (comes with Vitamin B2 to help improve skin health) and Vitamin E (for a glow from within,  stronger immunity, and reduction in inflammation).

In Japan, their other top-selling DHC beauty supplements are the following:

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The bottom line

Collagen supplements help boost the efficacy of your skincare products since they work from within. If you plan on taking these, it's important that you read the instructions on the pack first. Supplements and topical skincare products can show noticeable results in 28 to 30 days—the normal skin renewal cycle. DHC Collagen doesn't work overnight, but you can see certain changes on your skin as the weeks go by.

On the contrary, if you notice any negative reaction after using the product, stop the intake and consult a dermatologist or a physician for medical assistance. Every person has a unique body composition so what worked on others may not necessarily be effective on you. It's important to listen to your body.

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