I met Melanie Lawson, founder of Bare Biology, in 2014, just as she was making tentative steps in the wellness marketplace with her innovative product. Naturally the credit goes to her for converting me to her Omega 3 fish oil supplement. Its a testament to the quality of her original launch, “Pure Omega 3 Fish Oil” that my children and I regularly still take it. So it’s no surprise that I was intrigued to the new additions to Bare Biology product family, Skinful. A product that is somewhat different from the other Bare Biology products.
Bare Biology Skinful Pure Marine Collagen Type 1 Peptides, 300g, £35
This is the most recent Bare Biology launch and it is a marine collagen. Collagen is a protein substance normally found in connective tissues. In cosmetics it is mainly derived from animal tissues. Our collagen fibres, located in connective tissues of the skin, undergo changes as we proceed through life, getting older, exposing skin to the elements, particularly overexposing it unprotected to the sun.
Many cosmetic manufacturers and brands have been heralding collagen as the wonder ingredient, but according to multiple medical experts, including plastic surgeons, it can’t affect skin’s own collagen when applied topically. Various beauty experts, including certified dermatologists, offer collagen injections as part of regular skin maintenance. And an increasing amount of companies are launching collagen supplements. Question is, would you see a difference in your skin when taking such a supplement regularly?
- Collagen accounts for 25-35 % of all the different proteins in our bodies
- Collagen levels begin to decline more rapidly in our 40’s & 50’s
- Marine collagen powder is best because it has a nearly identical chemical make-up to skin
- A staple of anti-ageing creams & serums, collagen has been in the beauty industry for some time now. Collagen as a food supplement can be used in drinks & cooking, including overnight oats, chai and matcha lattes, berry smoothies & protein shakes
- Human collagen is made almost entirely of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline, in roughly the same ratio you find in marine collagen. The peptide molecules in marine collagen are also much smaller in size than bovine collagen, making it more bioavailable and easier to digest.
Skinful is virtually tasteless and mixes without any lumps into drinks and food. It can be popped in black coffee or latte (personally I prefer not to add collagen supplements to hot drinks, as heat can affect the efficacy of the product, collagen peptides in particular. Note from Bare Biology team after the initial publication of my post: “we would like to highlight that you can pop Skinful in any hot drinks or any sort of baked food and it is fine. We encourage it.” ) or to smoothies, juices, soups or water. At only 19kcals per serving and pure protein, it’s great for low-carb and keto diets, if this is a consideration for you.
Bare Biology Skinful is made from wild cod skin sourced from certified suppliers in Norway and is sustainably sourced. Every batch (like with every Bare Biology product) is independently tested by a third party. In the instance of this supplement, the brand also shares the product’s full amino profile online.
If I have one issue with this supplement, its the fishy smell. When you open the jar, the smell of fish is unmistakable and I find it a bit off-putting, even though I don’t mind it with other Bare Biology supplements. I know this product has fish origin, but it is something I thought would be honest to share. However it is equally important to mention that when you mix it with water or add it to any drink, the smell disappears without a trace and there is no fishy taste or aftertaste. And it does dissolve well when you mix it with a spoon, not a whisk, Vitamin, NuriBullet or any other food processor.
“Collagen has long been used in face creams & serums, but the trend for taking it as a supplement, which is much more effective.” Bare Biology
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend taking this collagen supplement in your twenties, but rather upward of 30, when slowly our skin starts to lose bounce and elasticity, alongside the firmness. This is due to the slowing down of the process of collagen and elastin production by our bodies. So if you start noticing a more visible appearance of wrinkles and it starts to bother you, do add the collagen supplement to your daily diet and observe the difference in your skin after you consistently taking it for at least 4-6 weeks.
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P.s This product was sent to me for trialling.