Ok, so I started taking Vital Proteins back in June once a day. I was a skeptic but at the time my nails were really brittle and breaking. I also was noticing that I had begun to develop some major wrinkles around my eyes.
I was really curious to see if taking collagen peptides would make a difference in my hair, skin and nails. After writing this blog post on the benefits of collagen peptides, I was convinced that I probably wouldn’t see the results promised in the studies I shared. Here is quick recap:
Collagen is a long chain amino acid, aka a vital building block of our bodies including skin, hair, nails, bones and joints. It is responsible for giving skin elasticity, hair it’s strength and connective tissue it’s ability to hold everything in place.
It’s production in our bodies decreases naturally over time (after the age of 30) and since it’s been removed from the food we eat, we’ve begun to supplement with it causing your own body to rebuild it’s collagen from within. Vital proteins sources their collagen from grass fed, pasture raised bovine hides, and wild caught fish. It is a protein and it is tasteless so it’s also a great way to add protein to pretty much everything from your coffee and smoothies to baked goods.
Collagen has three pretty amazing benefits that made me want to try it out for myself.
- Collagen consumption can help reverse signs of aging and increases skin elasticity and moisture. Aging, sun exposure and poor health choices can cause a decrease in collagen levels in the skin and by taking collagen, it can help increase the firmness of the dermis (the bottom layer of your skin), reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It can also reduce the appearance of cellulite by boosting skin shape elasticity and firmness.
- Collagen may aid in digestion by helping improve the absorption of nutrients into the body.
- It can also aid in joint and bone health which is becoming more important to me as I’m getting older. Collagen is essential for mobility and it helps keep bones strong yet flexible to hold up under stress – think less likely for fractures. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases recommend collagen to help promote faster healing. It may also alleviate pain for those who experience bone and joint discomfort and pain.
Studies so far have shown promising benefits for collagen supplementation most notably in your skin like helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles but since it is so new more studies are needed for hard proof.
I was looking for fewer wrinkles, decreased hyperpigmentation and improved skin texture. I would add the Vital Proteins collagen peptides to my morning coffee or smoothies. The little packets make it easy to bring it where ever.
I even brought it to the beach. I love the Vital Proteins Beauty Water, it’s easy to take with you whereever you go, tastes great and dissolves easily in a water bottle if you just shake it up!
I used it after workouts on the cape and included it in my “What I Eat In A Day Vlog” from this summer.
So what did I notice…
Someone said the lighting was bad on the left and I don’t know if I agree with that, it’s just different. I didn’t take a before picture because I forgot but this picture on the left was taken before I started taking collagen on a daily basis and the picture on the right is recent. I wanted to show my crows feet without make up and I don’t take selfies often so this is my best offering.
I noticed that my hair felt fuller and definitely grew in length faster than it had during the same previous time period. Having lost a bunch of hair after Tommy was born, this was a welcome change and something I wanted. My hair just felt stronger than it had over the past year.
Yep. Stronger too. My nails were constantly breaking before I started taking collagen peptides and after my little experiment, they were much stronger.
I didn’t notice anything at first but looking at pictures of myself, my wrinkles definitely feel like they are less deep. I have also upped my game in using eye cream which I hate to admit, I was not great at before so I’m not sure which one helped more. I do notice less winkles and that is a good thing and I’m going to continue taking Vital Proteins to see if they diminish any more.
I have had pretty good digestion for awhile now so I can’t say Vital Proteins improved my digestion but I didn’t have a ton of problems to begin with! I don’t think it hurt and perhaps I was able to digest more nutrients from my food which is why the above changes happened!?
JOINT ACHES AND PAINS
Before taking Vital Proteins, I felt like I always needed to go see a massage therapist. My working out takes a toll on an aging body and I was always in need to a massage. Well, after I started taking the, I really did feel the need to see one. The aches and pains associated with regular exercise seemed to kinda be a lot less noticeable. I don’t have arthritis so I can’t attest to any of those effects but my mom said it did help alleviate pain in hers!
So there you have my results from taking Vital Proteins. I admit that after it was finished, I got a little lax in taking them but after doing my video and writing this blog post, I started being religious about it again. I find the science to be so interesting.
What do I recommend, you’re overwhelmed…
My favorite products from Vital Proteins are the unflavored Collagen Peptides and the beauty water because they are easy to add to coffee or water. I don’t always want to make smoothie but I drink coffee and water every day so it’s hard to have an excuse to not take them.
Have you started taking collagen peptides? If so, let me know your experience below.
This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins. All thoughts and opinions are my own! I was the one that proposed this experiment and video idea and these were my true results. I do not have a promo code but Vital Proteins can be found at Whole Foods, Vitacost, Amazon, and other sites including their own with occasional deals! I’d guess one is coming around Black Friday.