We’ve all heard how vital collagen is for the good health and appearance of our skin. It’s the major structural protein which makes up to 70% of the skin and preserves skin firmness, elasticity, promotes regeneration and plays a key role in the structure of cells, tissues, and organs. Over time, collagen levels in our bodies naturally decrease and the signs of ageing become visible. It’s a popular ingredient for many anti-ageing beauty products: from lotions to facial masks. But what if we can drink it so that it can support beautiful and younger skin and stronger joints from within?
In the last couple of months I’ve seen Gold Collagen at quite a few London events: Be:Fit London, London Fashion Week to name a few. Enough beauty bloggers and celebrities were talking about it to get my attention, so I decided to try a 30-day program.
Gold Collagen is a liquid beauty supplement and its active ingredient is the important collagen protein. The pioneering MINERVA Research Labs is one of the only brands to have their in-house clinical trials published in independent public journals, which means that all of their claims can be backed up with hard scientific evidence!
Their range of products have three main types to choose from: Pure Gold Collagen, Active Gold Collagen and Gold Collagen Forte – all of which can be found in Boots stores around the country. I decided to go for the Active Gold Collagen, as I try to maintain an active exercise routine on a regular basis.
Active Gold Collagen ingredients
The advanced formula of Active Gold Collagen combines a unique sugar-free blend of Hydrolysed collagen (4000mg), Glucosamine, Protein, Zinc, Copper, Biotin, Vitamins D, C, B3 (Niacin), B6, B12 , Hyaluronic Acid, and L-Carnitine. Designed to deliver maximum absorption and bio-availability, the supplement is suitable for both men and women.
How does it work
As we age, the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin gradually decreases which causes dehydration in the skin and a dull complexion which adds to the signs of ageing. The unique hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid combined with the highest quality collagen contained in Active Gold Collagen offers the ultimate in skin cell regeneration and hydration, resulting in increased smoothness, softening the appearance of fine lines and decreasing the appearance of wrinkles as well as supporting the health of muscles and joints.
Also containing vitamin C to boost the transformation of lysine and proline into collagen, Active Gold Collagen liquid provides the essential building blocks required to support the metabolic functions of collagen producing cells. This provides better skin tone, optimal skin hydration levels and the ability to recapture a youthful radiance. Once consumed, the liquid supplement is distributed to the dermis (the deeper layer of the skin) and results in the multiplication and stimulation of fibroblast cells (collagen making cells in the connective tissue of the skin) to produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid. Whilst some creams claim to be able to reach the dermis, Active Gold Collagen actually targets the fibroblast cells, triggering them to produce more collagen.
How to use
Take 1 bottle a day (shake well before use), not related to meals – it can be any time of the day.
One box is good for a 10-day trial. If you take the 30-day program like me you will give it a chance to build up the active ingredients to support skin, hair, nails and joints. For even better results Gold Collagen recommends taking the beauty supplements for a period of 90 days.
Taste and consistency
The beauty supplement comes with a mango and apple flavour. It tastes very refreshing with a little kick of bitterness towards the end. The liquid feels like a normal juice – no thickness to it. I prefer drinking it chilled, so I store the bottles in the fridge.
- Muscles: I’m not sure if I was imagining it, but I had less sore muscles after an intense workout, whilst taking the supplements. Even if I felt stiff post exercise, it was for shorter a time than usual.
- Nails: My nails became stronger and grew a lot quicker, without any breaking and chipping. Even a month after I stopped taking Active Gold Collagen, I still have impressively (for me) strong nails.
- Skin: I wasn’t sure if I had any special results on my skin until I realised I was getting so many compliments on how glowing and healthy I was looking. People out of the blue were asking me for my secret.
I must tell you the funniest story! When we visited my husband’s cousins last month, there was a family with 2 young children. At some point I went to the toilet and came back to find everyone laughing. Apparently, the 5-year old girl asked after me: “Where did the other little girl go?”
As anything else, you can’t expect a miracle from the first day of taking the beauty supplement. If you are patient enough to go with Gold Collagen for a month and give it a chance to build up, the results are great!
To get even better results, combine the food supplement with Hydrogel face mask from Gold Collagen.