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Can a collagen supplement really reduce wrinkles in two weeks? We put it to the test

Peter Andre, journalist Carole Malone and actress Amy Childs all swear by it. And if there’s one product that’s stood out from the crowd for celebrity endorsement alone, it’s Reverse Life.

For those who haven’t seen the publicity surrounding this marine collagen drink, it’s claimed that it can single-handedly combat a whole array of ageing signs and particularly wrinkles. Even The Telegraph has reported – “Finally! A Collagen product that works”. Praise indeed!

With everyone feared of developing the dreaded Covid Face during lockdown, it’s no wonder that collagen has seen a sales boom.

So here’s the science. Collagen contains a combination of ingredients designed to keep skin and connective tissues plump and elastic. It works to bind our skin cells together and a lack of it can result in loss of elasticity, lines and wrinkles. Our natural stores of collagen begin to reduce from as early as our thirties.

Reverse Life is a pleasant tasting berry-flavoured drink which contains 10,000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen from freshwater fish, making it more bioavailable and readily absorbed than bovine. The mega dose of collagen in this supplement is supported by 125mg of Vitamin C to stimulate the benefits. Hyaluronic Acid retains moisture in our skin to keep it hydrated and an added Vitamin B complex supports skin structure even further. 

It is said that regular intake of high-quality collagen – which is full of important amino acids – can provide the following benefits, wrinkle and fine line reduction, longer lashes, improved digestion, mobility, increased wound healing, hair growth, boosted energy and may even help reduce the risk of bone disorders like osteoporosis. 

So I decided to put it to the test

I received one 28-day bottle gratis from the manufacturer, but have since bought another five, which is an indication of its efficacy.

After the first bottle I was a little undecided, so I decided to investigate further.

I’m now on to my third bottle – I’ve been taking it for about nine weeks, although the makers say results can be seen after only two –  and this is what I discovered.

  1. My hairdresser – and this was unsolicited – has noticed that my hair looks and feels a lot healthier. I can see that it looks thicker.
  2. I’ve always had weak nails and they’re destroyed if I ever have a gel manicure. However, they’re longer and stronger and no longer flaky.
  3. I had an acute pain in my left shoulder which was lingering for months. The doctor had given me heavy duty painkillers which upset my stomach so I decided to live with the pain. It wasn’t until I was putting on my coat one day that I realised that the pain had eased considerably.
  4. I no longer get a pain in my right knee after a 10-mile walk.
  5. Has it reduced my wrinkles? The jury is still out on that one, although my complexion definitely looks a lot brighter considering we’re in the middle of winter and wearing face masks.

So, as a reviewer, I’m not easy to please at all, but I’d say Reverse Life is definitely worth a try. One bottle, which lasts a month, currently stands at £29, but I’d say you need more than one to really notice the difference.

Diane Cooke
Diane Cooke is a three times award-winning journalist who has worked for UK national/regional newspapers, magazines and websites.

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