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.
Do you have a coupon code for vital proteins?
I tried to get one and they said they were unable! I’m sorry! I did try my hardest!!!
Did it make you break out? I am worried it will cause acne!
Hi! I don’t know if you are a Costco member and I am not trying to promote Costco but their pricing for the vital proteins is very fair good luck
Agreeing with the Costco suggestion.. I was buying 20 ounce containers at Sprouts Markets for roughly $42, and Costco has 24 ounce containers for $29 right now. Can’t beat that! I have been adding the unflavored to my morning Matcha latte every morning for months and definitely think it has increased the smoothness and glow of my skin. My hair is way too long to notice immediate results in texture or strength, but I don’t plan on stopping, so hopefully it will show its benefit in that department over time as it grows out. My body/joints have also taken a beating from my Peloton, running, and working out, and I have noticed a reduction in the aches. It’s a win in my book! (I also wish I took a makeup-less before photo, but same boat.. I don’t take selfies often.. And I’ll admit I rarely go without makeup)
Make sure you check ingredients. Vital proteins have two different formulas. One for retail and a better one from their site. Its why you can buy it cheaper in stores
I just bought mine last night at Walmart, it was $42.99 but I figured since I was getting it to see if it would help with my knee pain I would try to use my HSA card and it actually let me use it! So I didn’t have to pay anything out of pocket
Christine Thomas says
No not yet
COSCO HAS IT THE CHEAPEST AND A LARGE JAR OF ANYWHERE!!
I started 2 days ago!
Kelly Richman says
Just curious if you’re taking these still while pregnant? I don’t see a lot of literature on the topic of taking while pregnant and then breastfeeding..
The benefits are literally written all over your face. You look amazing. About how much would you say you were taking in a day, how many servings? I couldn’t find that info anywhere in this post. TY
I just bought Collagen Peptides from Costco. Can’t wait to get started.
Taking collagen has really helped my digestion which took a HUGE toll after I had my son. I recently got the Beauty Water at TARGET!!! It is also cheaper than on their website, so if you’re looking to try it but don’t want to pay over $30, see if it’s there. I found the beauty water in the makeup section. Hoping to find the regular collagen somewhere else there.
Pamela Cameron says
I have been taking Vital Proteins Marine Collagen for a month. My joints feel better, my hair is fuller, my nails are longer and stronger. I am bummed, however, because my face has also broken out with red bumps/acne. I tried Vital Proteins, because Great Lakes caused me acne. I was so hoping it would not this time, because there were do many benefits! I wonder what it is in collagen products that causes this for me, and apparently others? Wish I knew.
Hey there, did anyone experience breakouts or acne after starting Vital Proteins -collagen peptides?
Amy E Sinadinos says
you didnt mention how long you were taking the collagen between photos.
I began taking Vital protein collagen peptides about 5 weeks ago. I finished two containers and then recently switched to the beauty peptides. So far, the only thing I do notice within the 5 week time frame is that my hair feels thicker and fuller. I’ve been getting compliments on how my healthy and pretty my hair looks. I just wash n go, no blow drying. (though my hair is very low maintenance, straight- ish) My nails are the same but they seem to grow faster. So far, so good. I recommend that you purchase it directly from their website or get it from GNC. I hear that whenever ppl get it from anywhere else, it’s not the same quality.
I wonder why it’s not the same quality if it’s the same maker. Maybe someone can answer this. I’ll be buying it from GNC. Wish me luck!
Is it safe for me as a celiac patient to take?
Kate Kear says
I just started taking Vital Protein- Collagen. It’s been 2 days & I have found that I am bloated & gassy. I am only doing 1 scoop in my shakes. Do you know if this is normal? Could it be a result of my body adapting to the product?
I too have experienced the same symptoms after taking 1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for 4 days!
I love vital proteins but I believe the lightning in the pictures is what makes your wrinkles look less prominent and not from the consumption of the vital proteins product. Been doing vital proteins for years and it’s definitely great for hair and nails but not wrinkles.
Darlene Vinyard says
I have been off and on Vital proteins collagen for weeks and every time I’m back on it, I get severe pain all over my body: shoulders, breasts, elbows, feet, legs, certain areas of abdomen, neck, throat, everywhere!!!! I know collagen turns into calcium… maybe, too much calcium buildup?
Does it make a difference whether you take the powder or the capsules?
Does it matter about the brand?
Because I see this at Costcos in a few brands. Please help. Thank you
Tanya Dombrowski says
I too started taking the product. I started with the recommended dosage of two scoops in the first week but I noticed I was getting headaches so I changed it to one scoop. In the second week with just one scoop I started to feel blooded it got so bad that I had to go to the ER. I explained that I was in the second week of taking Vital Proteins Marine Collagen. The ER doctor said I had caught a bacteria but he was unsure if it was from the Vital Protein. I’ve since stopped taking it and I will be seeing a gastro soon. I really hope that it’s not the collagen, I really wanted to experience what so many are raving about.
If I remember I will post an update.
Good luck everyone.
Gayle K says
Problem with lighting or not, there’s a couple very obvious differences in the side by side pics. You honestly look great in both pics, but in your skin is absolutely glowing in your after picture & the crows feet has diminished substantially. Some of the lines look to be completely gone & the others are much softer, smoother & less defined.
I just recently started incorporating Collagen powder & a separate protein powder into my daily routine & really hope for good results. It’s to soon to see a difference, but I can say that just after using for the past week, I already feel better. I have more energy during the day, sleep much better & feel more rested & already feeling & seeing a difference in gut health. I’m stocked up on powders & fully committed to continuing use. Greatful I found your blog, Vital Proteins has some items that target/boost specific areas of concern that I can’t wait to try. Thanks so much for sharing!!