With growing awareness that beauty really does come from within, more and more consumers are turning to natural, edible collagen-infused products to improve skin, nails and hair. Collagen (usually derived from bovine or marine sources) is perceived as being beneficial as a beauty-enhancing ingredient, claiming to reduce wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, heal skin inflammation, and strengthen hair and nails. Plenty of Australian brands are producing targeted beauty blends that combine the benefits of collagen with other nourishing ingredients.

Here’s our picks:

Queensland brand Nutra Organics makes collagen powders uniquely targeted towards beauty and body. Their Collagen Beauty powder is a potent blend containing skin-loving ingredients such as pure hydrolised bovine collagen, VERISOL®, horsetail, vitamin C and zinc. The powder is colourless and flavourless and dissolves easily into both hot and cold drinks.

Nutra Organics | RRP $29.95 – $44.95 | SIZES 225g – 450g

Available in Unflavoured and Berry varieties, Formula Health’s Collagen Boost powder is a great addition to smoothies, cereal or protein shakes. Each flavour contains marine collagen and orgen-si (a certified organic form of silica that comes from bamboo extract), both of which aim to boost skin, hair and nail health.

Formula Health | RRP $64.95 | SIZE 180g

Vida Glow’s Marine Collagen range includes powders and sparkling waters, which are made with sustainably sourced marine collagen that’s free of heavy metals and other toxins. The Original Marine Collagen powder only contains 100 per cent natural marine collagen, while the five flavoured powders (Mango, Blueberry, Peach, Pineapple, and Cranberry & Lime) use natural fruit flavours and stevia. Vida Glow’s Collagen H20 sparkling water is available in Blueberry & Acai.

Vida Glow | RRP $59.95 | SIZE 90g

Melbourne naturopath Angela Maree Smith created the Intrametica Love Your Skin Within range to offer evidence-based, certified organic products that repair skin and sun damage from within. Intrametica’s Collagen Ultimate+ powder contains clinically trialled bioactive marine collagen peptides, as well as many other proven ingredients that reduce wrinkles, tighten pores, and create fuller, plumper skin.

Intrametica | RRP $109.95 | SIZE 150g

Skin Physics’ Collagen Beauty Elixir combines pure marine collagen with pre and probiotics, as well as natural skin-boosting ingredients including Kakadu plum, beetroot, turmeric and acai berry. The powerful blend has a natural berry flavour and can be added to fruit juices, smoothies or shakes, or dissolved in water.

Skin Physics | RRP $49.95 | SIZE 120g

Melbourne-based brand ProPlenish was the first to introduce edible marine collagen products to the Australian market in 2010. The range contains two powders – a 100 per cent pure marine collagen powder and a citrus variety made with natural flavours and stevia. Both are free of fat, sugar, dairy, lactose, soy, wheat and gluten. They also contain no artificial, colours, flavours, additives or preservatives.

ProPlenish | RRP $89.95 | SIZE 180g

Ancient and Wild Organics is a WA-based company that makes its products locally from natural and organic ingredients. The company’s Youth Elixir Marine Collagen Beauty is a flavourless and odourless powder made with 100% natural collagen peptides sourced from sustainably caught fish. It’s chemical and heavy metal-free, non-GMO, and antibiotic-free.

Ancient and Wild Organics | RRP $34.95 – $89.95 | SIZE 100 – 300g