Sunday, October 02, 2011

Collagen by Watsons Hydrating Facial Gel Preview

Sorry for not being able to blog for a week, i have been so busy with my new schedule.
Lots of students... isogashii, isogashii! (busy, busy)
But it's good... i have to make sure i have enough money to invest on my make-up kit anyway.

I have been using this for almost 3 months now so i guess it's high time i do a review about it. I'm sure you have seen this on the aisle of facial moisturizers in Watsons. I initially bought it because at that time my skin is feeling a little bit dry because i temporarily switched to a different soap.

Since this one has hyaluronic acid & is cheap so i thought to myself, why not? What have i got to lose?
I bought it, been using it since mid-July, & im glad that it didn't broke me out so i used it regularly. I'm glad because even if it has dimethicone, it didn't give me a bad skin reaction.

I hope that i'll be able to overcome my problems with silicones.

This will just be a pre-review. I figured that it's better to do a pre-review then do a post later so that it'll be easier in the end.

This is what it says....

I'm sure most of you have heard of collagen. You see it in most anti-aging skin care. I think that it's better to start using collagen earlier rather than at a later age. 
Moreover, by the age of 25, collagen levels would start deflating about 1.5% each year. This is the reason why the skin gets wrinkly and nonetheless, old. -by
What exactly is a collagen? gave an easy definition of what it is.
Our skin is made mainly of collagen, which is a protein. More than 80% (dry weight) of our skin is made of collagen. There are three major parts to our skin: collagen, elastin, GAGs, Glycosaminoglycans
Collagen is a main structural protein found throughout our body. Collagen provides the strength our tissue and organs require while elastin provides the ability to stretch and recoil.
Just like what they said, it provides the strength our skin requires to keep it firm & smooth. It's like thin fibers underneath which supports the skin. Take a look at this picture. Those white strands are collagen.

pic taken from

As we get expose to the sun's damaging rays, the collagen in our skin begins to degrade. That's when you start seeing those fine lines on your skin. That's why most of anti-aging creams these days have it because it enhances the production of collagen beneath the skin therefore promoting a vibrant & younger-looking skin.

But keep in mind that this doesn't work instantly,ok?
I remember reading an article before saying that you can just feel the effect of collagen creams (or most topical products) after 6 months of continued use.

What, with all the hype about collagen you can take them in several forms like as topical creams, as injectables, & also as supplements.

Now that you have an idea about the wonders of collagen, let's get to the product itself.

It's packaged in a big tub, so you have to use a spatula every time you use it. It's in gel form (as what it says).

I was expecting that this won't be heavy on the skin since it's in gel form, but it's a bit heavy & sticky. So don't get a big scoop when you use it. You can get away with just a small amount (just the amount that you'll be able to get if you dip the tip of your finger). It will go a long way! It will make it easier to be absorbed by the skin rather than slathering a think gunk on.

Just apply it how you put your regular moisturizer & wait until it sets before you add another product (if you like to layer on different products). You can either apply this as your last regimen, that is if the other products that you do use are way lighter than this.

I like that the expiration date is included at the bottom so i'll know when to ditch it.

As of now, i am liking it so far, but have not seen/feel any obvious effect. As what i said, it might take more than 6 months before i'll be able to see any results. But currently, i find it an OK product.

One thing that turned me off of it is the scent, it has this weird scent that i find a bit disturbing but it just grew on me later on that i don't pay attention to it like before, anyway, the scent will disappear later on.

I have to say that this is quite cheap!
I think i bought it for only Php 150, more or less ($3).
To think that it is already 100g, you get a big amount of product for what you pay for!
I went to Watsons today & saw that they are having a promo for this.. it's Buy one get one free for only Php 219.

  • locally available
  • affordable
  • has hyaluronic acid
  • large amount of product (it's full to the brim)
  • one tub could last you for a long time (when applying, less is more)
  • really moisturizing! (best for dry skin, but i am able to use this even if i have combination skin)
  • no spf
  • heavy & sticky on the skin (less is more)
  • has dimethicone (silicone)
  • somewhat strong scent
  • packaging - have to use spatula pa!
  • only available in Watsons (obviously)
I'll let you all know what i think about it once i'm finished with this tub. Currently, i'm halfway done with it!
No bad reaction so far!

Hope you all will have a great October!
This is my birth month....
I hope that this will be a lucky month for me.

Have a great week,hunnies!
Jaa ne~!


missgennd said...

Thanks for sharing babe~ <3

Jennifer huang said...

Thanks for the review.. sucks to hear it's only available in Watsons.. >.<" I need to move to Asia XD

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aiMee Bunbun said...

oh im so interesting in this one :) i might buy it if its good, will surely read the update when u post it. i didnt even know what is collagen but ive seen many bloggers have it as a drink :p
i have a blog award for u dear

Jen said...

really like this post.. sobrang detail..with explanation pa.. saw this madalas on watson..want to buy kaso hesitant..pero now i will buy na..:D

Thiamere Brea said...

have to wait pa for the effect
i'll make a separate post later on

Thiamere Brea said...

no problem,sweetie

Thiamere Brea said...

i'm sure that there are collagen gels there too!

Thiamere Brea said...

i'll make one after im done with this tub


rachelle said...

isn't it greasy when you put that on your face? and can i use that as my make up base?

Thiamere Brea said...

at first it feels a bit 'greasy' but your skin will absorb it & once it does, it won't have that greasy feeling anymore!

as a make-up base... i don't think so. well, not in my case.

i'm not a pro but i don't use moisturizers as make-up base simply because i don't think it will be able to prevent them from clogging your pores. make-up bases/primers are specially formulated to help prevent the cosmetics from sinking deep down to your pores. since this one is a bit greasy at first, if you put it on top of your foundation. i think the tendency of your foundation to mix with it then be absorbed by your skin is obvious.

Anonymous said...

how much this collagen cost?

Remi said...

I CANT FIND THE PRODUCT IN WATSONS ANYMORE :((( they said they don't offer it na daw huhu if its not true, from what branch can i buy the product? :(

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