The Japanese obsession with collagen made me laugh sometimes. Sure the girls I knew had nice skin, and they went to great lengths and money to keep it that way. Collagen soaks, facials, steam saunas, two-hundred dollar SK II creams, mineral makeup, supplements, the list never ended. I wondered what the typical average amount of money that a high-maintenance Japanese girl spent every month on hair and skin products. Companies like Shiseido and SK II were surely making a killing.