ELLE Fella Malibongwe Tyilo tries and tests new French collagen drink, Collagen Lift Paris: 

Last week I celebrated by 37th birthday. Now, I have no real issues with getting older and, to be honest, I’m looking forward to it. In fact, I’ve been telling most people I’m 37 for the past year already. Admittedly for that ‘you look great for 37’ reaction. I am a total sucker for it, so I thought I’d make it a reaction that happens more often by trying Collagen Lift Paris.

It comes in a box with 28 ampoules, promising to decrease wrinkles, increase elasticity and moisture, and improve skin tone. You mix it with a glass of water in the morning and drink before breakfast. The whole process reminds me a bit of the immortality potions in the Meryl Streep movie Death Becomes Her, which came out in 1992 (when the idea of taking collagen to maintain my youthful look was the furthest thing from my mind).

As is sometimes the case with beauty products, you might find out that a product you’ve been using for a long time actually does nothing for your skin, or worse, it’s actually bad for you. Just Google the latest articles on whether toner is good for you or not to see what I mean. For a while now face creams have been advertising added collagen as a main attraction, but now, an overwhelming amount of articles say your skin doesn’t actually absorb that collagen, that smearing collagen on your skin is a bit like throwing bricks at a wall and expecting them to make the wall stronger. And this is where collagen supplements come in. Because you ingest them, the collagen is absorbed and distributed internally. The added benefit of a collagen supplement is that, besides being good for your skin, it is also good for your joints.

Although I don’t really have any wrinkles yet, my skin tone was starting to get patchy, as can happen with age and, although I do moisturize regularly, my skin often felt dry. It’s been two months since I started using Collagen lift and my skin feels a whole lot less dry, it feels suppler and my skin tone has (very noticeably) begun to even out. But most importantly, I am getting the reaction I want every time someone asks me my age. Would I recommend it? Absolutely.