Collagen supplements are all the rage these days, since many people started understanding that skin care starts with nutritional care. It seems like common sense to ingest collagen or other ingredients that will stimulate collagen production, but the question is what to buy? I have been thinking about this since losing 30 + lbs, my face fat has gone away leaving me with a sagging old lady face.

It’s no secret that I love Arbonne, but I like to make sure I am well aware of the product and what is in the market place that is comparable. After 30 days of using Arbonne’s new Skin Elixir, shortly after switching from using Olly Vitamins SKIN gummies, I wanted to make sure I knew the difference between the two. They don’t all have the same ingredients. So again, what to buy?

Olly gummies, are usually priced at $13.99 and are readily available at Target. You have to take two gummies a day, and there are 50 gummies in the bottle. This brings the daily dose price to 56 cents (compared to Arbonne’s $1.19, and Vital Proteins’s $1.78)! Plus, this gummy has Marine Collagen, Sea Buckthorn, and Hyaluronic Acid. Sounds fantastic! Tasted pretty good to me. So why not stick to these? Let me do my homework before I go and recommend these over my own business.

Homework step #1 – the main players found in collagen supplements (sources for below @

  • Collagen -This essential protein provides elasticity to the skin, helping it to appear more youthful and healthy.
  • Bovine collagen – collagen derived from cows
  • Marine collagen- collagen derived from fish
  • Seabuck thorn – Sea buckthorn oil may help your skin heal from wounds, sunburns, frostbite and bedsores. It may also promote elasticity and protect against dryness.
  • Gotu Kola- It’s thought that the terpenoids found in gotu kola increase collagen production in the body. 
  • Hyaluronic acid – Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by your body. The largest amounts of it are found in your skin, connective tissue and eyes. Its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist.

Homework step #2 – what format should they come in?

There is a general concern over gummy vitamins and supplements . The reality is that while these make sense for many people due to taste and affordability, the gummies are usually higher in sugar and may not be as effective. ” Gummy vitamins may be made with added sugars, sugar alcohols, artificial colorings, and fillers. Furthermore, they may contain fewer nutrients than you think and can be easy to overeat.” – Gummy Vitamins Work, and Are They Good or Bad for You? Plus, ask your dentist how they feel about gummies. I know from personal experience, I’ve been told that they are the equivalent of candy, and lead to cavities.

As for pill forms, a capsule is better than gummies, and far better than a tablet. All evidence leads that tablets are the worst. But here is the thing, I can’t find a single article that supports that liquid supplements (or vitamins) are better. It is assumed that they are absorbed quickly into the body, but it depends on the ingredients. It also depends on the person’s bioavailability, which means the stomach’s ability to break down the ingredients and then get absorbed into the blood stream. So why are MANY companies making them?

Powder forms are still the easiest for *most* people to digest and absorb, providing the nutritional care that you were intending. This is in opposition to a tablet that can’t break down properly.

Homework step #3 – did anyone argue against collagen supplements?

One thing was for certain, collagen supplements seem to be effective, per most articles. However, there isn’t enough data to say how effective, and there certainly seems to be some quality concerns given all the lack of information. (Not to mention that the FDA does not regulation supplements) But the internet did offer, via @webmd “One 2014 study of 69 women ages 35 to 55 found that those who took 2.5 or 5 grams of collagen daily for 8 weeks showed a lot of improvement in skin elasticity, compared with those who didn’t take it”. Again, given my lack of collagen, post weight loss, I am still interested.

The verdict on Collagen Supplements

But I can’t come up with a specific conclusion. How is that for honesty? The reality is that anyone above the age of 30 could likely benefit from a collagen supplement, but what kind is most effective is still a question. So it comes down to preference and price.

*UPDATED AS of MAY 2020*

I will leave the original paragraph below, but as of May 2020, Olly vitamins, have several options for collagen supplements that I still find to be the most cost effective. But hop over to Olly’s site to see their newest product, the Collagen Ring Gummy’s. They taste like a peach daiquiri, and they are delicious!

They are made up of VeriSol© collagen peptides, and have been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in 4 weeks per Olly’s website claim. VeriSol© is the copyrighted name of the bioactive collagen peptides that the company Gelita creates. Verisol© has different forms of collagen, such as bovine (cow), porcine (pig), and fish raw material. But the Olly label does not clarify which type is in the gummy rings. Additional claims are that the collagen peptides also improve hair, and the appearance of cellulite (per VeriSol©). At $19.99 a bottle, that’s only .66 cents per day for what seems to be a better option than then the powder collagen supplements. When in stock, you can purchase direct through Olly or at Target.

Olly’s Collagen Gummy Rings
Prior post- 2019

I personally will be sticking with Arbonne’s Skin Elixir, because it’s a vegan option, and I get a discount for being a consultant. The Olly vitamins were much cheaper, and probably a good option for those who want to get started on a collagen supplement, and the collagen is marine collagen, so not vegan. I’ve read lots of good reviews on the Vital Proteins option, which has multiple flavors, but note, it’s not vegan. You need to know that most of their products are made with bovine collagen. While I am not vegan, I don’t want cow protein in my berry flavored drink supplements.,13531,272.aspx

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