Scientifically proven skincare at its most effective.

Two years in development.
Pure ingredients. Potent formulations. Proven results.
Intelligent skin health.

Ultimate - Complete Skin Food Elixir™
addresses the 4 key pillars to vibrant, healthy skin:

Pillar 1
Healthy gut and microbiome

Why it matters:
To nourish the gut, and support microbiome diversity for effective nutrient delivery, healthy skin and healthy immune function.

Results you can expect:
Improved digestion and gut health to combat bloating and indigestion, as well as skin sensitivity, breakouts and dehydration.

How it works:
GutRenew OptiBlend™ combines award-winning prebiotics, probiotics and soothing aloe vera for a powerful and complete gut food. 
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Pillar 2
Supports skin's own collagen production

Why it matters:
To lock in moisture and stimulate the skin to produce increased levels of better quality collagen and elastin for more resilient skin as you age.

Results you can expect:
Smoothed fine lines and wrinkles, improved skin texture and boosted skin hydration, firmness and elasticity in just eight weeks.

How it works:
10,000mg MSC certified sustainable marine collagen peptides – the highest-in-market serve, with low molecular weight for superior bioavailability.
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Pillar 3
Protection against free radical damage

Why it matters:
Combats the oxidative effects from the stressors of modern life (e.g. pollution, UV exposure, emotional stress and lack of sleep.)

Results you can expect:

Long-term protection from oxidative stress which can lead to premature ageing. Supported microcirculation for effective nutrient delivery to deep skin layers.

How it works:
SkinProtect BioBlend™ combines targeted antioxidants with patented Australian technology for superior product performance and bioavailability. 
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Pillar 4
Optimal nutrition for overall wellness

Why it matters:
Provides the essentials to nourish hair, skin, nails, gut and the immune system with potent, bioavailable, food-based sources of vitamins and minerals.

Results you can expect:
Supported new collagen formation and tissue repair. Healthy hair, nails and immune function. Supported energy production and reduction in tiredness and fatigue.

How it works:
SkinFood OptiBlend™ delivers the world’s richest sources of certified organic, low temperature dried and sprouted plant-based materials.
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1. Livaux® Kiwifruit Powder

Livaux® award-winning prebiotic kiwifruit powder made from sustainably grown New Zealand Zespri® SunGold kiwifruit promotes proliferation of major butyrate producing “good” bacteria species Faecalibacterium prausnitzii for overall gut health and microbiome balance.

About

Scientific name

Actinidia chinensis

Quantity per serve

600 mg

Phytonutrients

Polyphenols
Actinidin protein digesting enzyme
Vitamin C
Vitamin A
Soluble fibre

Sourced from

New Zealand

Great to know

Faecalibacterium prausnitzii (F. prau) is an obligate anaerobe, meaning it cannot survive in the presence of oxygen. This makes supplementing F. prau as a probiotic almost impossible.82 Kiwifruit prebiotics make it possible to support populations of this all-important good bacteria in your gut.

The Optima difference

Pure

Sustainably grown Zespri® SunGold whole kiwifruit powder is made with proprietary processing methods that preserve optimal nutrient levels.

Potent

New Zealand experiences higher UV radiation than most other counties at the same latitude. Resultantly, plants produce higher levels of their “sunscreen” chemicals to protect themselves83. New Zealand Zespri® SunGold Kiwifruit are higher in polyphenols – the “active” prebiotic and antioxidant compound in the fruit – and present in our potent GutRenew OptiBlend™.

Proven

The subject of multiple clinical trials looking at its impact on gut health, Livaux® Kiwifruit powder has been shown to support populations of an important butyrate-producing good bacteria in the bowel: Faecalibacterium prausnitzii (F. prau).79, 80, 81

How it works

F. prau is one of the most abundant bacteria in the gut, accounting for 5 to 15 per cent of the total population in healthy people. Low levels of F. prau are associated with many inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn’s Disease and IBS, as well as atopic dermatitis.82

F. prau is one of only a few major butyrate-producing bacteria. Butyrate has many important functions in the gut, including80:

  • • Is the preferred fuel for the cells lining the gut, supporting proliferation of healthy colon cells.
  • • Has anti-inflammatory and immune-signalling effects.
  • • Improves the gut barrier function while reducing absorption of toxins and increasing mineral absorption.
  • • Reduces oxidative stress in the colon.
  • • Has a protective effect against certain chronic diseases of the bowel.

2. Bacillus coagulans probiotic bacteria

Bacillus coagulans, a lactic acid producing probiotic, has well known benefits for the digestive and immune systems, both integral for optimal functioning of the skin. These probiotic bacteria may also have more direct, positive effects on skin, reducing skin congestion and blocked pores.

About

Scientific name

Bacillus coagulans

Quantity per serve

1 billion colony forming units (CFU)

Nutrients

Probiotic bacteria

Sourced from

Australia

Great to know

Many probiotics on the market, though claiming to be shelf stable, have very high die-off rates in complex, powdered or food based formulations. Bacillus coagulans is a spore-forming bacteria, meaning it lays dormant until it reaches the stomach acid, ensuring long term stability and product performance84.

The Optima difference

Pure

Made in Australia, to pharmaceutical standards, in a TGA-licensed facility by the industry leaders in research and development into probiotics efficacy and production.

Potent

Dormant Bacillus coagulans cells are very stable over time and resistant to heat and other environment stressors. The cells germinate when they reach the duodenum, ready for action in the bowel.84 This ensures delivery of a consistent, potent dose of probiotic cells with every serve of Ultimate – Complete Skin Food Elixir™.

Proven

Bacillus coagulans can have a direct impact on skin health and appearance. A study on 87 healthy females showed a reduction in comedones (whiteheads or blackheads) after supplementation with B. coagulans. The improved dermal characteristics were linked to increased stool frequency and resultant reduction in circulating phenols34 (a by-product of protein digestion that can exert undesirable effects in the body33).

Clinical trials have also investigated the ability of B. coagulans to improve symptoms of IBS, irritable bowel disease, diarrhoea and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as showing improvement in both constipation and diarrhoea after consuming B. coagulans.84

How it works

Studies have shown that reducing phenol levels in skin can result in improved keratinocyte differentiation which is important for maintaining homeostasis of the epidermal structure. This reduction has also been shown to increase hydration levels of the stratum corneum and improve overall clearness of the skin.33

B. coagulans encourages a healthy microbiome and growth of other lactic acid producing bacteria in the gut (such as bifidobacteria). It helps to fight inflammation, supports immunity and improves the absorption of protein.84

3. Aloe vera inner leaf gel

Aloe vera gel consumption has been shown in clinical trials to decrease wrinkle depth, increase skin elasticity and increase the production of collagen. Moreover, aloe vera gel may also improve the absorption of certain vitamins including skin nutrients Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin B12 for maximum synergistic benefit.

About

Scientific name

Aloe barbadensis

Quantity per serve

3600mg equivalent fresh aloe vera inner leaf gel

Phytonutrients

Mucopolysaccharides
Acemannan
Vitamin C
Vitamin A

Sourced from

Australia

Great to know

Aloe vera gel has a long history of use as a digestive aid and anti-inflammatory as well as a topical treatment to enhance wound healing, relieve skin irritation and treat burns.39, 44

The Optima Difference

Pure

Made with 100 per cent Australian grown aloe vera leaves, from soils certified chemical free according to internationally recognised IFOAM Organic Farming Standard.

Potent

100kg of the highest quality inner leaf fillets are low temperature dehydrated to produce 1kg of concentrated aloe vera inner leaf gel powder, high in stable and active mucopolysaccharides.

Proven

In a study on 30 healthy females aged over 45, who supplemented either 1200mg/day or 3600mg/day of aloe gel for 90 days, the subjects experienced40:

  • • Significantly decreased wrinkle volume
  • • Increased skin elasticity
  • • Increased quantity of procollagen

Clinical studies have demonstrated the ability of aloe polysaccharides to bind to the gut wall and enhance the absorption of Vitamins C, E and B12. 41, 42

How it works

Aloe vera gel consists of 99 per cent water and mucopolysaccharides, a group of active compounds with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune stimulating properties.39

Acemannan, a major polysaccharide in aloe vera gel, has been shown to increase collagen biosynthesis – effectively increasing the quantity and quality of collagen to enhance dermal wound healing.40

About

Scientific name

Gadas morhua (North Atlantic cod)

Quantity per serve

10,000 mg

Nutrients

Hydrolysed marine collagen peptides

Sourced from

Norway

Great to know

A review of the available evidence supporting the use of marine collagen peptides to enhance skin hydration and elasticity, and reduce wrinkle volume, concluded that this effect is dose-dependent – meaning the more you take, the better the outcome. The same review found that 10,000mg per day is the highest-tested and most effective serve, and that 10,000mg per day is safe for long term consumption.

The Optima difference

Pure

Our collagen is produced exclusively from deep sea cod skin (Gadus morhua), harvested from the crystal clear waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. This provides a pure source of high quality, natural collagen peptides, batch tested to be low in mercury and heavy metals.

Our marine collagen peptides are sustainably and ethically sourced under MSC and SMETA guidelines. Learn more about the sustainability of our marine collagen here

Potent

Our material is consistently greater than 95 per cent, high quality, pure marine collagen peptides.
Our high production standards ensure consistent delivery of low molecular weight marine collagen peptides. Low molecular weight particles are smaller in size and more easily absorbed across the digestive tract, ensuring optimal bioavailability and delivery to the areas of the body where it is active.11

Proven

In clinical trials, collagen peptides have been shown to:

  • • Reduce eye wrinkle volume by up to 49 per cent6
  • • Increase skin elasticity by up to 40 per cent15
  • • Increase skin hydration by up to 28 per cent11
  • • Improve skin texture16
  • • Increase skin thickness15 for resilience and plump appearance
  • • Increase quantity and activity of fibroblasts (the cells than make collagen and elastin)
  • • Decrease collagen fragmentation by up to 31 per cent7

How it works

From around 30 years old, our body’s ability to produce collagen diminishes at a rate of 1.5 per cent per year. Collagen fibres can become weak and fragmented.

Fragmented collagen results in increased oxidative stress, thinning of the skin, impaired wound healing and reduced vascularisation, leading to visible signs of ageing skin.11

Collagen peptides stimulate the skin to produce increased levels of better quality collagen. They are also a potent source of hydroxyproline, proline and glycine: the building blocks for new collagen and elastin fibres. These peptides may improve skin barrier function, resulting in enhanced skin moisture.3

1.Grape seed extract

As a potent free radical scavenger, grapeseed extract supports microcirculation and delivery of nutrients to where they are needed most. Sustainably grown and cold processed to ensure maximum potency, our extract has been shown in lab tests to deliver up to six times greater free radical scavenging capacity than others in the market.

About

Scientific name

Vitis vinifera

Quantity per serve

250 mg

Nutrients

Antioxidant polyphenols:

  • - Oligomeric proanthocyanins
  • - Catechin
  • - Epicatechin

Sourced from

New Zealand

Great to know

Our grapes are grown on the pristine South Island of New Zealand in accordance with Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand standards for the sustainable growing of wine grapes. We utilise seed that would otherwise be a waste product from the wine industry.

The Optima difference

Pure

Our sustainably grown seeds are extracted from the fruit within 12 hours of harvest, then immediately processed using no chemical solvents (as are often used to produce grape seed extracts). The 100 per cent water, low-temperature process extracts a broad range of phenolic antioxidant compounds and preserves the beneficial phytonutrients.

Potent

New Zealand grapes have higher levels of polyphenol phytonutrients than European and Chinese grapes, owing to the higher amounts of UV the fruits are exposed to. Comparative studies between our extract and other commonly commercially available extracts demonstrate ORAC capacity up to six times greater from our extract.

Proven

Scientific studies have shown that grape seed extracts high in Oligomeric proanthocyanins (OPC’s) – potent antioxidant compounds found in grape seeds - may85:

  • • Support healthy circulation and improve endothelial function
  • • Improve capillary strength and microcirculation
  • • Strengthen the collagen matrix and improve collagen cross linking
  • • Inhibit degradation of collagen and elastin in the skin
  • • Support wound healing
  • • Enhance the protection of the skin against UVA/UVB14, 48

How it works

Grape seed extract has excellent free radical scavenging properties and Vitamin E sparing capacity – meaning it is used in place of Vitamin E to quench free radicals, leaving Vitamin E to perform other functions.85 Extensive research has demonstrated the multiple benefits that grape seed extract exerts on the cardiovascular, immune and integumentary systems (an organ system consisting of the skin, hair, nails, and exocrine glands).85 These combine to ensure optimal delivery of nutrition to tissues, removal of cellular waste products and enhanced protection from the effects of reactive oxygen species.

2. Tomato concentrate high in lycopene

Lycopene protects skin from free radicals that develop from environmental factors such as UV and pollution, improving skin condition and appearance. Our proprietary BioBlend technology harnesses a patented Australian innovation clinically proven to improve the bioavailability of lipophilic compounds.

About

Scientific name

Solanum lycopersicum

Quantity per serve

8.2mg lycopene

Nutrients

Lycopene
Carotenoids

Sourced from

Australia

Great to know

Lycopene is the major carotenoid compound found in tomatoes, watermelon and grapefruit. Within plant cells, lycopene acts as a natural sunscreen, absorbing light during photosynthesis and protecting plants against photosensitisation62.

The Optima difference

Pure

We utilise naturally derived ingredients to encapsulate and protect the carotenoids and to ensure they are absorbed more effectively through the gut wall for optimum product performance.

Potent

Lycopene is absorbed at a rate of 10 to 30 per cent through the gut, the rest is excreted62. Our proprietary BioBlend technology harnesses a patented Australian innovation clinically proven to improve the bioavailability of lipophilic compounds.

Proven

Lycopene has been extensively studied for its impact on skin health and protection from environmental stressors.

  • • Supplementation with lycopene at dosages of 6mg or more has been shown to protect the skin and immune cells from UV damage and reduce erythema (skin redness) after exposure to UV light65.
  • • Supplementation of 6mg lycopene for 12 weeks has been shown to increase skin thickness by 15 per cent and increase skin density by 5 per cent.69
  • • Increased consumption of lycopene to > 7mg/day resulted in increased resistance of lymphocytes and oxidative stress and a decrease in DNA damage caused by free radical damage70, 71.

How it works

A potent antioxidant, its capacity to quench free radicals is about 10 times that of Vitamin E and twice that of beta-carotene64. Studies have shown lycopene can reduce biomarkers of oxidative stress, reduce DNA oxidative damage63, and protect against lipid oxidation in cells and tissues73. It is active in the skin where it can help to counteract the detrimental effects of exposure to free radical inducing UV69.

About

Plant based blend

Organic sea buckthorn juice, purple carrot juice, organic sprouted quinoa powder, organic brown rice hulls

Nutrients and quantity per serve

Provitamin A - 225mcg RE
Vitamin C - 100mg
Thiamine - 190mcg
Riboflavin - 200mcg
Niacin - 2.5mg
Pantothenic acid - 1.3mg
Vitamin B6 - 300mcg
Folate - 51.8mcg
Vitamin B12 - 800mcg
Biotin - 38mcg
Silica - 36.2mg

Great to know

Some evidence suggests that synthetic vitamins have overall lower bioactivity and availability than their naturally occurring counterparts.7, 13, 28 Moreover, naturally occurring sources offer a full complement of biologically active forms of certain vitamins.28

The Optima difference

Pure

A blend of certified organic, low temperature dried and sprouted plant-based materials.

Potent

Bioavailable nutrients from the world’s richest sources: sea buckthorn juice, purple carrot juice, sprouted quinoa and brown rice hulls. Bioavailability of our natural B Vitamins has been shown to be up to 400 times greater than their synthetic counterparts.

Proven

Highly bioavailable natural B complex vitamins, vitamin C, pro vitamin A, silica and anthocyanin antioxidants to support:

  • • The structure and function of skin
  • • Collagen formation
  • • Tissue building and repair
  • • Normal cell differentiation
  • • Immune system function
  • • Micronutrient metabolism
  • • Macronutrient metabolism
  • • Mucous membrane structure and function

How it works

Provitamin A
Dietary carotenoids, precursors for vitamin A, are essential for maintaining the structure and function of the skin. Carotenoids are transported to the skin and accumulate in the dermis where they exert antioxidant and protective effects against UVA/UVB radiation.59 Vitamin A contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system, mucous membranes and cell differentiation, all essential functions for a healthy gut and skin.

B Complex Vitamins
B complex vitamins contribute to the structure and function of the skin26, immune system, digestion, and metabolism of macronutrients and micronutrients. Deficiency of B vitamins is associated with a host of gut and skin conditions.13, 19, 25
Our SkinFood OptiBlend™ contains 100 per cent of the RDI for biotin – “the beauty vitamin”. Biotin is a key component of amino acid and fatty acid metabolism14, 26 – both essential for healthy skin, hair and nails.

B-complex vitamins depend on each other to function optimally; a deficiency in one of them can cause multiple problems13. SkinFood OptiBlend™ contains the full spectrum of B vitamins to ensure balanced delivery, suitable for long term supplementation.

Vitamin C
Skin fibroblasts have an absolute dependence on vitamin C for the synthesis of collagen, and for the regulation of the collagen/elastin balance in the dermis. Low levels of vitamin C in the dermis result in a decrease in collagen synthesis17, 19.
Vitamin C is present in high concentrations in the skin and it has been reported that older skin has lower concentrations17. Studies have shown intakes of 100mg per day increase free radical scavenging activity by 22 per cent18. Vitamin C is an essential, effective, water-soluble antioxidant, providing the first line of defence from free radicals in cells2, 19.

Silica
Silica is an integral structural component of connective tissue and plays a crucial role in the formation of collagen and elastin fibres in the skin. Silica’s presence is essential for wound healing, tissue repair and new tissue generation.
Silica has also been shown to increase hair follicle shaft diameter, and reduce brittleness of hair and nails.

Anthocyanins
Anthocyanins are a group of potent antioxidant phytonutrients typically blue or purple in colour, that protect cells from free radical damage and oxidative stress associated with ageing.