I have a confession: I’m 35 and I’ve never had a true skincare routine. I prefer to treat my skin via proper nutrition. But my skin has started to look tired, dehydrated, and mis-colored. I decided to check out Arbonne Skin Elixir Collagen Builder in addition to my other skincare routine.
So let’s talk about the Arbonne Skin Elixir Collagen Builder, what it is, and how to use it.
What is collagen?
According to Healthline, collagen is
the major component of connective tissues that make up several body parts, including tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles. Collagen has many important functions, including providing your skin with structure and strengthening your bones
Basically, collagen helps your skin and connective tissues stay hydrated and flexible. As you get older, your body makes less of it, which is a primary reason that skin can start to sag and wrinkles can form.
One item to note is that your body produces collagen. You can take supplements for it, which means that it needs to be produced by another animal and then absorbed in your diet, or you can take supplements to boost your own production.
Arbonne’s Skin Elixir does the latter.
Arbonne is a vegan company, and therefore does not use animal products, including collagen supplements from cows or pigs. There is no collagen in this supplement.
The ingredients in the Skin Elixir help to boost your body’s production of collagen.
Arbonne Skin Elixir Collagen Builder Ingredients
Let’s take a look at the compounds and minerals inside the collagen builder.
Biotin is a form of vitamin B that is found in meats and some veggies like sweet potatoes or broccoli. Although it isn’t researched well, many people who take biotin supplements see a huge improvement in skin, hair, and nails.
There is not an upper limit for intake of biotin, so usually you’ll find supplements with 1,000-10,000 micrograms in each dose. Health officials recommend 2,000-5,000 mcg. The thing about biotin is that if you take in too much, you will just pee it out… making your urine very expensive! Too much can also give rashes and other ailments.
Arbonne’s Skin Elixir has 2,500 mcg in it, which seems to be a good low to medium level that you can absorb it and not waste too much.
Hyaluronic Acid is a very interesting compound. Somewhat elusive to define, hyaluronic acid (HA) seems to be a type of sugar molecule that is able to hold water for cells, keeping them hydrated and plump.
HA has many and varied benefits, including keeping joints lubricated, soothing reflux, and, of course, keeping your skin moist, firm, and youthful!
Between 100-200 mg seems to be the dose at which you see the best benefits, and Arbonne’s Skin Elixir has 120 mg.
Sea Buckthorn Extract
Known as the Holy fruit of the Himalayas, Sea Buckthorn extract is taken from the berries. It has qualities that help protect the skin.
Sea buckthorn extract is high in omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential to things like heart health and skin health. In some studies, sea buckthorn extract helped to prevent skin dryness.
Gotu Kola Extract
Gotu Kola Extract is an herb of longevity!
This extract is known for boosting cognitive function and may help to treat Alzheimers. For our purposes, Gotu Kola also helps with healing stretch marks and scars.
The Collagen Builder has 120 mg of Gotu Kola, which sits comfortably in the recommended use of 60-180 mg per day.
Monterey Pine (Maritime Pine)
This is another extract from a plant (pine). Maritime pine is used to help increase circulation among other things. It can reduce inflammation and help to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Skin Elixir only has 25 mg. With most clinical trials observing 150 mg, this is much less. But the main goal of this supplement is a supportive and secondary benefit, and not particularly its main one used for circulation and heart issues.
How to Use the Arbonne Skin Elixir
To consume the Skin Elixir, add 1 stick pack to 6 fl. oz. of water and stir. It can clump up, so make sure to use room temperature water and THEN add ice. You can also use a hand frother or a protein shake cup.
If you’re concerned about the amount of ingredients or dosages, you can take it every other day or only half a dose per day.
Arbonne Skin Elixir Collagen Builder Review: Pros and Cons
- can help reduce fine lines
- can help plump and moisturize skin
- can help improve skin elasticity
- can help protect from UV rays
- can help with redness and inflammation
- certified gluten free and non-GMO
- Some people have experienced itching (potentially due to a pine allergy or other allergy).
- Do not take this product during pregnancy or breastfeeding
*Always consult your doctor before taking a new supplement, and make sure you report back to him or her if you are experiencing any unwanted side effects.
My Arbonne Skin Elixir Review
As I mentioned above, I started taking the Arbonne Skin Elixir because I have never had much in the way of a skin routine. Especially after I stopped breastfeeding my second son, my skin was starting to look tired and lackluster. I had bags under my eyes, and my hormonal acne returned with a vengeance.
In other word: I started to look old! I’m only 35 as of writing this, but I’ve always looked younger than I am. After 2 babies, I could no longer say that.
The ingredients in this supplement looked promising and I wanted to see if I could clear my skin up without any topical products.
I took the Skin Elixir every day for 30 days.
And…. not much happened.
My skin was still lacking brightness or vibrancy, and I still had new zits pop up after a month.
Here’s the thing. Many supplemental products take 4 to 6 months before you can see results. I was not willing to take this supplement continuously for 6 months to see if it would benefit my skin in the way I wanted it to.
Because I am not vegan, I started to take actual collagen, Arbonne’s Gut Health and I cut out all sugar. These seem to be doing the trick and finally my skin is beginning to show signs of life.
I would recommend Arbonne’s Gut Health (formerly Digestion Plus) and cutting out all sugar (literally, ALL sugar) as a more effective option to brighten your skin tone more quickly.
As you can see from what I’ve outlined above, there are many benefits to Arbonne’s collagen skin elixir. But just know that if you chose to try Arbonne’s Skin Elixir, you could need to take it for 4-6 months (or longer) before you see the kinds of results you’re looking for.
I didn’t achieve the results I was looking for from this product alone.
As always, the best way you can learn for yourself if this product will work for you…. you just need to try it for yourself!
(*The typical results are different for everyone. Results vary depending on individual effort, body composition, age, eating patterns, exercise, and the like.)
Have you ever tried Arbonne Skin Elixir or other supplement products for your skin?