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Better Than Botox: Natural Ingredient Reduces Wrinkles, Cellulite, and Stretch Marks

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Do you ever wish beauty ads . . .

Would have a “Liar Liar” moment? One glorious day in which they would uncontrollably blurt out the truth about their products? I’ll bet it would go something like this . . .

“The celebrity in this endorsement has never tried this product.

Chances are the stuff in your kitchen would work better, but we can’t patent it so buy this.

Collagen molecules are too large to penetrate skin, but we put it in our formula anyway because we know you don’t know that. (source)

One can hope that such a day comes, but even if it doesn’t most of us already know that expensive “Hope In A Jar” creams lie, and so do the heavily airbrushed photos that sell them.

But What If There Was Something That DID Work?

And it was cheap. Aannnnd – just for kicks – lets say it also reduced or eliminated cellulite, stretch marks, and joint pain, helped to grow strong hair and nails, repaired damaged digestion and helped balance hormones

Turns out, there is. And while it won’t make your skin look like perfectly airbrushed plastic (yay!), it can do something far better: nourish health from the inside out.

I’m talking about gelatin, of course.


Study: Gelatin Increases Collagen Production

Researchers at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology – after being asked for the millionth time to scientifically validate the cultural practice of consuming gelatin for youthful skin – set up a little study to keep the peace. Okay, I’m pretty sure that’s not how it went, but this next part is true: To study the effects of UV exposure on mice, the aforementioned researchers separated them into three groups:

  1. Those who did were not exposed to UV light
  2. Those who were exposed repeatedly with increased intensity over time
  3. Those who were exposed repeatedly with increased intensity over time, AND WERE FED GELATIN

When results were measured, “mice exposed to the light without the gelatin had a 53% average decrease in the collagen content of their skin, compared to the mice that received no ultraviolet light exposure at all. Astonishingly, the mice that were exposed to the light, but also fed gelatin had no collagen decrease at all. They actually had an average collagen increase of 17%.” (source, original study, emphasis mine)

Why It Works

In her new book, Primal Mom’s Look Good Naked, Peggy Emch explores how nutritional deficiencies contribute to early aging, cellulite, stretch marks, and sagging jowls. Though we can manufacture collagen within our bodies, we need certain building blocks to do that. Gelatin is basically powdered collagen, so it’s kind of a no brainer to start there and let a nutrient-dense diet add in the rest (protein, vitamin C and zinc are also needed).

To sum up:

Rubbing collagen on your face – not so helpful.

Eating collagen promoting foods such as gelatin, high quality protein, Vitamin C and zinc – better than Botox!

Need Some Recipes To Get Started?

No problem, here are some ideas!

Note: Always buy grass-fed gelatin if possible. If you prefer, this kind can be stirred into cold liquids without getting clumpy.

Now, About Cellulite & Stretch Marks . . .

primal-moms-look-good-nakedIn Primal Mom’s Look Good Naked, Peggy explains that these changes in appearance come from a breakdown in connective tissue, and that the implications are more than skin deep.

Collagen degeneration is a sign of cellular dehydration, which means that cells have become damaged and can no longer transport adequate amounts of water and nutrients to the skin. With the loss of collagen there can be other complications, such as decreased lymph function and joint pain.

While consuming gelatin is definitely part of the solution, Peggy covers the other steps that can be taken to support strong, resilient connective tissue. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants not just to look good, but to feel amazing, too!

Check it out here

¹ Gelatin contains glycine, which has been shown to help regulate hormones and decrease excess estrogen. (source)


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168 Responses to Better Than Botox: Natural Ingredient Reduces Wrinkles, Cellulite, and Stretch Marks

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  2. A says:

    Anyone else from Canada order Great lakes (green can), if so from where and how much did u pay for duty. TIA 😉

  3. Laura says:

    If only they sent this grass-fed gelatin to my country…:(

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  5. Janet says:

    Does Gelatin capsules give the same benefit?

  6. Gail says:

    I’m thinking about buying empty vegetarian capsules size 00 and filling with the Great Lakes green can gelatin powder. Do you think that would work? It would be so much easier getting the powder down than drinking it or putting it in foods.

  7. Brittany says:

    Hi, just wondering, are there any gelatin capsule brands you recommend?

  8. Becky says:

    I have been reading a lot on the Great Lakes web site since I saw your post on fb last week, 2 things that are holding me back from purchasing it and wondering if you’ve looked into this Heather and could give me any insight. 1) the heavy metal & lead in it, it seems a little high for something I’d be taking everyday, especially for my kids. 2) it doesn’t actually state that the cows are 100% grass fed, just that they trust that they are because that is how cows are raised in Argentina & Brazil. Any thoughts?

  9. Ideal says:

    I would like to start a gelatin routine to reduce cellulite. Do you know users who had visible results? Have you used it and had visible results? I keep hearing that gelatin can reduce the appearance of cellulite but I would like some evidence by real people who have seen results. Thanks!

  10. Crenchy says:

    How many grams (or milligrams) of hydrolyzed collagen do you recommend per day?

    Not how many teaspoons or how much powder, but how many g/mg of the actual active ingredient?


  11. Ideal says:

    How come the author can’t respond to my question from December 31, 2014? And Crenchy, I believe before taking gelatin for cellulite, i’d like to see visible results! So are there visible results from those who have used gelatin for cellulite?

    • KK says:

      It think it does work! I’m 5′ 5″ and 105 lbs, size 0, but had cellulite start around the age of 30 on the back of my thighs/under my butt. I’ve always been athletic (martial arts, running, weight lifting) but nothing would work to get rid of it. I just decided not to obsess on that area of my body since it would depress me. One year ago I started to use Great Lakes gelatin (along with fermented cod liver oil) to improve the texture of my skin and in effort to stay healthy. About a month ago I was trying on clothes and caught a glimpse of my backside in the mirror and discovered that it was smooth! I’m 52 years old and my cellulite is virtually gone! That was not something I was expecting, since I thought I would just always have to live with it. So I think it must be the gelatin????? If it is, it does take time. I have 2 T in my morning smoothie every day. I know everyone is different, but I do believe this did work for me. Best of luck to you.

  12. Kara says:

    I am now 37 weeks pregnant, I have taken at least 2 TBSP almost every day of my pregnancy, and I have managed to still get horrendous stretch marks. I am a holistic nutritionist and like to think while my diet may not be perfect that it’s definitely better then the average person, so I have to disagree as I do not see any results using this. I’m still hopeful and have lots left from my last order to use as to whether or not it will actually help post pregnancy but, I have literally tried everything to help prevent them, and this is my first too. I don’t think genetics should be entirely discredited either! :(

  13. Alicia says:

    I’ve just purchased a 1 lb bag after reading over this post, I do believe there are benefits to this but that they will most likely not reveal themselves over night or even after using for 3 months.. I’m thinking it will take like consistent use over about a year to notice a good significant result, I would like more information on how to make my own as I’m seeing that its derived from bones and they do come in what we eat.

  14. james lewis says:

    Found your site researching coconut oil thanks for all the great information available and taking the time to put it out there for others to see it . No offense intended but smart , attractive, sexy and caring daddyp should be proud! Thanks again and keep up the great work

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  16. melissa r says:

    I’m into natural things, but I’m also into products that work. I used to have stretch marks from my pregnancy (9 months ago) with my son. So using a good organic stretch mark cream is important for me. The best one I found is the Somaluxe Stretch Mark Cream. I found that this does HELP reduce the appearance of them – which is something any mom can appreciate! It took only about a week of regular use of the cream to begin noticing results. I used it every night after my shower. I had no allergic reactions or break outs.

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  18. Steve Smith says:

    I’m a man in my 60s. I’ve been taking gelatin (in my coffee) for two years. I think it has made a definite difference. I get comments from people who are surprised when they learn my age. I first learned about this from the book “How to Sip Away Your Wrinkles.”

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  20. Maggie says:

    I personally have stopped eating gelatin products for about 2 years now. I found out what it REALLY was and makes me want to throw up.

  21. paidge says:

    I’ll never forget my mother’s plastic surgeon telling me that certain facial moisturizers with hyaluronic acid, work better than botox. I have done both botox and use products with hyaluonic acid….I would recommend the Lady Soma Renewal Serum – as that has the highest hyaluonic acid I found found – and my sessions to the doctor are ALOT LESS !

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