If we have to name one thing that most girls (boys just as much but they often tend to deny it) are collectively afraid of, the answer would probably be premature aging.
Well, during our stay in Tokyo, Simon and I were invited to meet with some friends at a restaurant in Shinjuku to experience our very first… Collagen Shabu-Shabu!
“Collagen as… collagen used in expensive anti-ageing skin care cosmetics?” I asked.
For those who don’t know, Collagen is a protein which is found naturally in the skin. As we get older, we produce less collagen, which means skin loses some of its elasticity.
Did I just understood right? We were going to get a collagen fix at the dinner table!?
But guess what? No injection is needed. Forget about Botox and other fillers, collagen is now in the food and can be consumed in all sorts of shapes and forms.
In Japan, looking younger only involves going to the nearest convenience store and buying a bag of collagen candies or collagen drinks or eating some collagen-enriched dishes in a “beauty” restaurant.
Collagen is especially found in mammals’ flesh and connective tissues, such as pigs’ trotters and chicken skin.
What’s not to love about that?!
The idea of eating a meal mixed with something you’d expect to find in a beauty salon is not the most enticing, right?
We were quite skeptical at first too.
Seating at the table, we were soon served a hot pot in which clear chunks of the jelly like translucent substance prized for its youth-giving properties was melting.
Wholly unappetizing in appearance, the tasteless concoction was then completed with a medley of vegetables and meat.
We were eating…collagen! And we have to say that the food was surprisingly tasty.
Our Japanese friends, Naoko in particular, strongly believe that drinking or eating collagen every day will result in younger looking skin. And she does indeed look very young 🙂
Well, I guess we just got our first non surgical facelift!