A $40 ‘miracle’ collagen (left) has wowed thousands with its ‘skin perfecting’ properties
A $40 ‘miracle’ collagen powder has captured the attention of thousands of Australian women thanks to its apparent ability to banish and prevent wrinkles, stubborn acne, brittle nails and redness.
Developed by Australian mother Felicity Evans in 2014 to help her ‘intense digestive troubles’ and ‘health challenges’, Imbibe has quickly gained a loyal following because of its best-selling product: Miracle Collagen.
The odourless $40 powder is made with 100 per cent Bioactive Bovine Collagen Peptides that contain amino acids designed and clinically proven to improve hair growth, skin elasticity, skin smoothness, collagen production and nail strength.
Developed by Australian mother Felicity Evans (pictured) in 2014 to help her ‘intense digestive troubles’ and ‘health challenges’, Imbibe Living has quickly gained a loyal following thanks to its best-selling product: Miracle Collagen
Customer Eliza Hartigan (pictured) started using the powder after struggling with dull, blemished skin that felt ‘rough, bumpy and lack-luster’ for years
By consuming two teaspoons of the powder per day in a hot or cold drink, customers are said to be able to ‘combat early signs of aging to restore the look of juicy, hydrated skin’ as the supplement has been shown to stimulate collagen production in skin.
‘Every individual is different, so we can’t offer guarantees about when you will see exact results. Most people experience results within 30 days,’ the company claims.
The powder is sourced from global certified livestock welfare animals, it’s non-GMO, kosher and halal and contains no fillers, flavourings, soy, corn, dairy, sugar, chemicals, fake flavourings, preservatives, artificial colours, stabilisers or food acids or gluten.
If I had a dollar for every time someone mentioned how glowing my skin was, then I would be a very wealthy woman,’ Eliza said (pictured before and after using Imbibe)
Since its launch, the product has received hundreds of five-star reviews online, with many showing off incredible before after after images after as little as 30 days
What is collagen and why is it beneficial for your skin and nails?
What is collagen?
Collagen is the main structural protein that forms connective tissues in your body like muscles, ligaments, skin and bones.
Proteins, like collagen, are both built from and can be broken down into amino acids. There are twenty essential amino acids that the body needs to be able to move and function, heal, rebuild and repair from the constant duress that our bodies are under.
Of these 20 essential amino acids, your body only produces nine itself, meaning the rest have to come from your diet.
Although there are 28 different types of collagen proteins in your body, 90% are made from five different kinds, referred to as Types I, II, III, V, IV. These types of collagen are found abundantly in the body in our youth and manage things like skin, hair, nails, gut health, muscle and muscle repair.
Why do we need it?
Our bodies do naturally produce collagen, and in fact, your skin (the largest organ in the body), is made up of 80% collagen peptides alone. Collagen is actually referred to the scaffolding of the skin; just like the structure of a building, it’s collagen that holds everything together, holds it up and acts as the main support to keep your skin tight, plump and glowing. Without collagen, your skin would droop from day 1.
As we age our body produces less and less collagen and we use more and more of our natural stores to keep our tissue happy and healthy.
Our stores are also depleting at an accelerated rate with higher exposure to air pollution, toxins and the sun. We are literally losing it faster than our bodies can make it.
According to the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, using a hydrolyzed collagen supplement increases, not only your skins elasticity, but also your overall collagen density in the body, hydration and ability to repair tissue at an accelerated rate.
Since its launch, the product has received hundreds of five-star reviews online, with many showing off incredible before after after images after as little as 30 days.
Customer Eliza Hartigan started using the powder after struggling with dull, blemished skin that felt ‘rough, bumpy and lack-luster’ for years.
‘I had tried everything under the sun: changing my diet, changing my skin care routine, face masks and hopping around on one foot singing a song (hypothetically), and yet nothing worked,’ she wrote, before reading reviews and trying the collagen powder and the brand’s probiotic product, Beauty Renewal ($44).
Ellie, another fan of the brand, noticed her acne completely clear up after discovering Imbibe (pictured before using it)
‘For the past few weeks, every morning I wake up and my cystic acne and deep scarring is healing. My hair is looking healthy again and I can’t keep up with how quickly my nails are growing,’ Ellie said (pictured before and after)
‘My hair was damaged from heat styling and from dying it, what seems like, 100 times over. It literally never grew, then suddenly it started to become so full of life, bouncy and continuously growing that my hairdresser inquired about what I had changed.
My hair is looking healthy again and I can’t keep up with how quickly my nails are growing.
‘My eyelashes grew and my skin bloomed with happiness. I feel and look like a different woman. My period cramps are minor now and my hangovers are not nearly as bad. If I had a dollar for every time someone mentioned how glowing my skin was, then I would be a very wealthy woman.’
Ellie, another fan of the brand, noticed her acne completely clear up after discovering Imbibe.
Model Isabella Gray mixes the Beauty Renewal Probiotic Concentrate and Miracle Collagen together to create a ‘potent gut and skin healing mocktail’
While the Collagen Powder and probiotic liquid Beauty Renewal are the two most popular products, the brand also sells Protect, an ‘immune protection’ powder with Vitamin C and a recently-launched organic skincare system called Skin Science (pictured is Felicity)
‘At the beginning of 2019, I went through a very stressful period of time and that is when my cystic acne began. It started on my chin and around my mouth, however after a few weeks both cheeks were covered in deep cystic pimples, so painful I couldn’t touch or even sleep at night,’ she wrote.
‘About four months ago, I was recommended to try Imbibe living, as cystic acne not only damaged my skin but made my hair lose complete life. I absolutely love it!
‘For the past few weeks, every morning I wake up and my cystic acne and deep scarring is healing. My hair is looking healthy again and I can’t keep up with how quickly my nails are growing.’
What are the five best foods to eat for ‘beauty’?
1. Pomegranate Seeds
Not only are they crunchy, refreshing and delicious, these little life-savers also play a vital role in keeping your body and it’s cells free from damage. They are full of antioxidants, which is a well-known key beauty food.
Probiotics are the keystone to gut and inner health, creating harmony and balance in the body. They are known to eliminate bad bacteria which helps good bacteria multiply, support a healthy immune system, balance mood, improve digestion and aid in the absorption of nutrients.
3. Broccoli (The ‘broom of the bowels’)
One of the most important parts of a healthy digestive system and to be able to properly detoxify is getting enough fibre in your diet; it’s the thing that grabs and binds everything your body hasn’t absorbed on its way OUT. This includes: waste, toxins, excess hormones and also preventing constipation.
Broccoli is a fantastic source of fibre, Vitamin C and iron. It’s literally packed with good things and is totally beautiful.
Collagen contains both essential and non-essential amino acids, which act as the building blocks for your cells, tissues, organs and skin.
Each amino acids plays a very particular role in cellular regeneration, but in glycine in particular is the be all end all for wound healing; think acne, scarring, inflammation, redness, rosacea – all the pesky skin issues that we become self-conscious about.
Collagen also serves as a highly absorbable and bioavailable source of protein; again, think healing, regeneration, nutrition and substance. Protein also helps hormones to move and transfer through the body, and will help keep you full and fueled for your day.
The high Omega-3 content in oily fish like Salmon, sardines and Mackerel, provides a potent dose DHA – the type of fat responsible for brain development, heart health and especially skin health.
DHA is a basic, structural building component for your skin and is utterly paramount to the health of your skin’s cell membranes, and it’s healthy skin cell membranes that give your skin that hydrated glow, bounce and even tone. This is also what will help prevent skin that looks dull and aged.
Omega-3 fats also helps to reduce inflammation in the body, decrease blood clotting (common cause of heart attack) and increase healthy cholesterol (HDL).
Source: Imbibe Living
While the Collagen Powder and probiotic liquid Beauty Renewal are the two most popular products, the brand also sells Protect, an ‘immune protection’ powder with Vitamin C and a recently-launched organic skincare system called Skin Science (pictured)
While the Collagen Powder and probiotic liquid Beauty Renewal are the two most popular products, the brand also sells Protect, an ‘immune protection’ powder with Vitamin C and a recently-launched organic skincare system called Skin Science.
The latter took two years to create and is formulated to ‘drench’ cells in all-natural, sustainable ingredients like Golden Sea Kelp, precious petal oils and Australian native super-berries to target acne, dullness, ageing, enlarged pores, puffy skin and fine lines.
It includes Polish, a Konjac Pearl Powder Sponge (Step 1); Lift , a resurfacing and toning mist (Step 2); Collagen Restore , a hydrating serum (Step 3); Collagen Protect, a collagen inducing Oil (Step 4) and Sculpt, a Vibrating Gold Facial Bar (Step 5).
The five-step system ranges in price from $25 to $130.
NB. These results are based purely on personal experience using Imbibe products and were recounted voluntarily. Individual results may vary. A qualified health care professional should always be consulted prior to following any advice contained in this story.