It’s been a while since I reviewed Absolute Collagen (See my original Absolute Collagen review) and since then the company has gone from strength to strength. I haven’t been including collagen in my routine as, to be frank, at the time I didn’t think I need it but, a few menopausal years later, the time has definitely come to revisit these little yellow sachets that are receiving rave reviews. (Note: this is an entirely independent review based on my own subscription).
There is also a new product, Maxine Laceby Collagen Boosting Serum, claiming to be a natural alternative to retinol of which more later.
Absolute Collagen Sachets
What is collagen?
Collagen is a major structural protein and is an important component of our skin, bones and the connective tissue in our bodies and our collagen levels are highest when we are young. Sadly, by the time we get to the age of 40 we will have lost around a third of our collagen – hello wrinkles and sagging!
Bad lifestyle habits like smoking and alcohol consumption really don’t help either, nor do factors like pollution.
More and more of us, it seems are turning to collagen to see if we can repair the damage from the inside out.
What is Absolute Collagen?
Absolute Collagen – is a subscription-based collagen product where you sign up for fortnightly or monthly daily sachets. You simply drink a sachet a day for healthier, happier skin.
Whilst you can buy individual boxes of 14 sachets to try the product, Absolute Collagen says that you need to take a sachet daily for 6-8 weeks to see results. 78% of users (devotees call themselves “Absoluters”) see noticeable improvements in skin, hair and nails within 12 weeks.
Absolute Collagen’s unique anti-ageing liquid formula is designed to provide the highest dose of collagen in the most convenient way.
What do the Absolute Collagen sachets contain?
Each sachet contains 8000mg of ready-mixed, hydrolysed collagen mixed with vitamin C to help with absorption. This means that you will absorb 90-95% of each dose, compared to 40-45% of the collagen in pills or capsules.
Absolute Collagen is 100% natural protein and free of dairy, lactose, soy, wheat and gluten. It contains no artificial colours, flavours. The product is free of fat and cholesterol and contains 36 calories per 10ml sachet.
What does Absolute Collagen taste like?
The company uses marine collagen which is extracted from cold-water fish and then refined to remove any fishy odour and taste.
Marine collagen enters the bloodstream faster than other types of collagen, so it is the best source of collagen for you.
Absolute Collagen is easy to take. Either take directly from the sachet or dissolve in a little hot water and drink. I prefer to mix mine in hot water as I find the taste quite strong (although not fishy) when taken directly from the sachet.
Is Absolute Collagen safe?
The company says that Absolute Collagen is 100% natural and causes no negative side effects. However, use common sense and if you feel the product disagrees with you stop taking it for a while to see if any side effects ease.
In general, the side effects of collagen supplements are mild and can include:
- a general feeling of heaviness in the stomach
I have experienced none of these, however, I do find that my mouth feels dry and I need to drink more water.
When is the best time of day to take Absolute Collagen?
It’s largely a matter of personal preference and you can take it any time of the day. Some people add collagen to their morning coffee or take it after meals. I love the convenience of the sachet as you can just pop a couple in your bag when out and about or travelling. Bear in mind, though, that some research studies advise against adding collagen to coffee or other hot drinks so squeezing it into your morning brew may be affecting the benefits.
What health benefits might I expect from taking collagen?
The health benefits of collagen include improvement in skin, hair and nails but it may also lessen joint aches and pains, promote gut health and keep your bones and your heart healthy. I would suggest that this is when collagen supplementation is used as part of a healthy lifestyle involving the usual common sense aspects of a healthy diet and exercise. No supplement is a ‘wonder pill’.
How much does Absolute Collagen cost?
A one-time purchase of 14 sachets is £32.99 which reduces to £26.99 based on a fortnightly subscription or £53.98 for one month’s supply. This is about £1.93 per day based on one sachet.
Maxine Laceby Collagen Boosting Serum
This is a newly launched product which has been in development for two years – an anti-aging, collagen boosting serum which comes in a frosted glass bottle with a pipette dispenser.
It contains ‘Maxerum’, a blend of hyaluronic acid, Matrixyl 3000, Matrixyl Synthe 6 and bakuchiol, a plant-derived retinol alternative.
The serum is designed to
- lift wrinkles and plump up the skin
- reduce the visible signs of aging
- provide intensive hydration
- enhance collagen production
- delay photo-induced aging
The serum comes in a 30ml bottle of Maxerum and has a pleasant lavender and rose geranium fragrance. Note that it contains Citronellol and Citral, as well as Linalool, Geraniol and Limonene so if you have allergic reactions to these ingredients, you should not use the serum.
It is quick a thick serum so you need to wait for 5 minutes to let it sink in before applying your moisturiser and make-up.
Apply twice a day, morning and evening.
I found it to be quickly absorbed and had an instant softening effect. The scent was lovely too.
The serum is priced at £26.99 which compares very favourably indeed to other anti-aging serums – plus it is dermatologist tested, vegan and cruelty-free.
If you would like to try Absolute Collagen, I have a box of 14 sachets (two weeks’ supply) worth £32.99 to give away to one lucky winner. Entry is via the GLEAM widget and the giveaway is open to UK residents only. The closing date is 23:59 pm on Friday 11 December.