UPDATE: See end of article.
I’m in my third month of trying out a food supplement for the iiaa, the International Institute for Anti-Ageing. Their brands include multi award-winning scientific skin care products Environ and Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics. I have rosacea and I am taking a supplement called Skin Accumax from their acclaimed Advanced Nutrition Programme, which iiaa have invited me to try to see if it makes a difference. My 18-year-old son JJ, who has acne, is also taking the same supplement.
To be honest, I have always been a bit skeptical about before and after photographs. You can clearly see that they are exactly the same photographs, just clumsily retouched – hair is in exactly the same place “three months” later!
We had our photographs taken, I had to take my make up off of course, although before I leave, the in-house make up artist reapplies it with fabulous Jane Iredale cosmetics, I’m not usually a fan of mineral make up, I find it too heavy, but their mineral powder foundation is feather light.
We then took it in turns to have our skin scanned by the computer controlled VISIA Skin and Complexion Analysis System, which uses multi-spectral imaging to reveal damage and signs of ageing on and beneath the surface of the skin not visible to the human eye.
We repeat the procedure next week and the results will be compared to our first readings. The iiaa aren’t relying on us to say we think our skin has improved, technology will give them true, ‘science-based’ answers.
I did think that taking two capsules, twice a day, would be a bit of a chore for a teenage boy, but after seeing an improvement, I didn’t have to nag JJ after the first two weeks. He’s a lucky lad, we’ll be packing him off to university with healthy, clear skin. He only gets outbreaks of spots around the neck and chin area when he shaves his beard. JJ lets it grow for a bit, gets bored and shaves it all off again.
While my skin has improved, the rosacea is still present. I was advised that with my skin condition it would probably take longer to see a difference. I think JJ will no longer need to take the supplements, but I will be continuing with the programme.
I will certainly keep you updated on my progress.
Skin AccumaxTM contains a completely unique patented and exciting ingredient called DIM which works from the inside out. This scientifically advanced formulation enables the active nutrients to work together much better than they would individually. They are your skin’s ultimate complexion enhancing power team! You will not find this unique combination of ingredients in any other supplement.
Take one or two Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Accumax capsules twice a day with meals. For best results, take 2 capsules twice a day for 14 weeks then reduce to 1 capsule twice a day.
Pack contains 2 packs of 60 capsules that are specially formulated with vitamins A and C to provide nutrients that help maintain healthy looking skin.
SKIN ACCUMAX™ STARTER PACK 120 £69.95
UPDATE: 20th August 2014
Well, JJ and I went back to the iiaa. We once again had our skin analysed by the VISIA machine and then compared results of the before and after scans.
JJ’s skin, as we already could see for ourselves, showed an immense improvement. But the scan (and technology), showed us just how much, about 90% of his face is now crystal clear and he’s more than happy with the outcome.
My results (I have rosacea), were fair, I’d say a 30/35% improvement, although the redness on my lower cheeks has greatly diminished. I did actually think I would be trialling Skin Accumax for longer, but it looks like the trial was just for those 3 months, although I am of course, grateful for the opportunity. If I wasn’t trailing other supplements and products, then I would probably try another 3 month supply of Skin Accumax.