HEBEX Collagen is a healthy skin supplement from jst Jodie. Their website claims that it promotes ‘healthy, radiant and youthful-looking skin’, so I thought that I would put it to the test.
I already use the L’Oreal Laser Renew Night cream each night before bed (and have been for months), on the area around my eyes, in an attempt to stave off the encroaching wrinkles and eye bags. However, this is really just patching over the cracks (literally).
What I want is something that will help from the inside too, and I am hoping that HEBEX will achieve that. The capsules are pretty large in comparison to most supplements. The bottle contains 60 capsules, requiring two to be taken with food each day.
There is little research proving the effectiveness of Collagen, Q10 and Hyaluronic Acid on human skin, hence the purpose of test runs like this.
I can’t tell you my joy at trying to find lighting and camera angles that showed up my wrinkles and lines for the before and after photos.
HEBEX Collagen Ingredients
There are only four ingredients included, despite the size of the capsules, and the vast majority of that is the collagen:
- Collagen Marine Type I (700mg)
- Hyaluronic Acid (60mg)
- Co Enzyme Q10 (60mg)
- Vitamin E (11.3mg)
Interestingly they have opted to use only Marine Collagen Type I. There are four main types of collagen (Types I, II, III, and IV) that are sometimes offered in collagen supplements, either in combination or separately.
Type I is the most abundant in the human body however, and is most associated with our skin. jst Jodie chose to go all in on Type I.
I couldn’t find any reference to whether the marine collagen is sourced from wild or farmed fish, so I tweeted @JSTJODIE to get an answer. Here is the reply:
@AllYearBeachBod Hi babe, the fish are naturally sourced, not farmed for food or other purposes. Hope this helps x x
— JST Jodie (@JSTJODIE) June 13, 2014
Hyaluronic Acid is also found within the skin. The problem is that the body contains roughly 15g of Hyaluronic Acid, 5g of which is degraded and synthesized every day. Is adding an extra 60 mg really going to make any difference?
You have probably seen the adverts for skin creams containing Coenzyme Q10. To get 60mg of Coenzyme Q10 naturally, you would have to eat about 2kg of beef or pork, so that’s a decent amount included in the product.
The vitamin E that they provide in HEBEX is d-alpha tocopherol, which is the more effective naturally occurring (non-synthetic) type. I already take a vitamin E complex supplement so this is unlikely to have any impact.
I will admit that, although I was sceptical, the photos illustrate a small, but noticeable, improvement in the lines around my eyes in a month of use. The diagonal line following the contour of my eye socket isn’t even visible in the after pics.
My girlfriend told me last night that I was looking more youthful, and she had no idea I was taking a collagen supplement!
HEBEX Collagen gets the thumbs up!