A $40 ‘miracle’ collagen powder from Australian business Imbibe was a nutritionist’s secret weapon for banishing stubborn acne and developing a radiant glow in just six months.
Amber McKenna, a holistic nutritionist, suffered acne in her early teen years but in her 20s the cystic bumps reared their heads again and she battled painful bumps all over her face, neck and back.
With her self-esteem, social life and confidence diminishing, Amber experimented with topicals, acids, cleansers and treatments and found her skin became exponentially worse.
So, Amber turned inwards and decided to overhaul her gut health and get to the root of the problem; this led to her discovering an allergy to eggs and bananas through a blood allergy test and starting on her skincare routine.
A $40 ‘miracle’ collagen powder from Australian business Imbibe was a nutritionist’s secret weapon for banishing stubborn acne and developing a radiant glow in just six months (left, month one, right, month six)
Developed by Australian mother Felicity Evans in 2014 to help her ‘intense digestive troubles’ Imbibe has quickly gained a loyal following thanks to its best-selling product: Miracle Collagen
‘Acne is an inflammatory condition and to heal inflammation, you must first remove the causative culprits. I uncovered a high histamine reaction to both eggs and bananas, both of which I was eating almost daily,’ Amber said.
‘After removing both from my diet completely I immediately saw an improvement. Within three weeks the reoccurrence of the painful cystic acne on my back and cheeks was fast diminishing and I was on my way.’
She then started on gut repair using the Imbibe Miracle Collagen – a product she can’t rave about enough.
‘To heal and repair the gut you need abundant and very specific amino acids available for the body to create new skin cells and to rebuild the integrity of the cellular matrix (in particular L-Glutamine + Glycine),’ she said.
Amber, a holistic nutritionist, suffered acne in her early teen years but in her 20s the cystic bumps reared their heads again and she battled painful bumps all over her face, neck and back
How did Amber transform her skin?
STAGE 1: INFLAMMATION
First, acne is an inflammatory condition and to heal inflammation, you must first remove the causative culprits.
Amber completed a comprehensive blood allergy test with a naturopath, uncovering a high histamine reaction to both eggs and bananas, both of which she was eating almost daily.
She cut them out and immediately saw an improvement.
STAGE 2: GUT REPAIR
To heal and repair the gut you need abundant and very specific amino acids available for the body to create new skin cells and to rebuild the integrity of the cellular matrix (in particular L-Glutamine + Glycine).
Amber started on Miracle Collagen which she called the single most important tool in her arsenal.
Over time her digestive upset and bloating went away and her skin became clearer and clearer by the day. Her skin became incredibly soft, bouncy and dewy and intensely hydrated.
STAGE 3: SKIN FOOD + SKIN BARRIER REPAIR
Your skin, like any other organ, needs vitamins, minerals and healthy fats in order to continually rebuild with healthy foundations. With a newly healthier and healing gut, I was able to focus on this aspect of reviving my skin.
Amber obsessively uses the IMBIBE skin care system, with a focus on the hydrating and marine based healing properties of Collagen Restore and Collagen Protect.
WHAT WAS HER DAILY ROUTINE?
– Miracle Collagen 2 – 4 tsp daily (in coffee and/or smoothies or water)
– Beauty Renewal Probiotics 2 x glasses diluted in water daily
– Collagen Protect Oil Serum – on face morning & night after cleansing
– Collagen Restore serum – every morning after cleansing, before Collagen Protect Oil serum & moisturiser
‘Over time and consistent use with Miracle Collagen, not only did my digestive upset and bloating go away, but my skin became clearer and clearer by the day.
‘Not only did my active breakouts begin to diminish, but my hyperpigmentation started to clear, my skin became incredibly soft, bouncy and dewy and intensely hydrated.’
Amber said one of the biggest misconceptions in acne treatment is to dry it out, when in fact, hydration is the key to letting the bacteria naturally come out of the skin and to then allow healing and repairing.
‘This is my can’t-live-without piece of advice: repair + rebuild the gut.’
Once Amber had her gut repair well underway, she started on the Imbibe topical skincare to create new, healthy skin cells and strengthen the active skin barrier.
The topical skincare plays a role in healing the skin’s barrier and boosting hydration
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)
‘I obsessively use this skin care system, with a focus on the hydrating and marine based healing properties of Collagen Restore and Collagen Protect, completely embracing hydrating nutrients and oils to replenish my skin,’ she said.
‘Showing off my skin is not something I ever dreamed was possible, least of all the idea that I would be complimented on having nice skin,’ Amber said.
The organic, cold-pressed products have received millions of reviews online from thrilled customers who have had similar results.
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 the Miracle Collagen – the brand’s top-selling product.
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.
Felicity Evans (pictured) has developed a legion of fans thanks to her organic brand
The Protect formula has antioxidants, Vitamin C, Zinc and Amino Acids for immunity, stress, cellular repair and defense
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.
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.
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.
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 (pictured) started using the powder after struggling with dull, blemished skin that felt ‘rough, bumpy and lack-luster’ for years
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)
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).
‘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 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.’
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
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)
While the Collagen Powder and probiotic liquid Beauty Renewal are the two most popular products, Protect, an ‘immune protection’ powder with Vitamin C and organic skincare system called Skin Science all have a legion of fans.
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. A qualified health care professional should always be consulted prior to following any advice.