Adding beauty-boosting supplements into our diets is a great way to care for the skin without beauty products. That being said, some of us — i.e., me — don’t have the stomach to swallow pills first thing in the morning (or, ever). That’s how I found myself adding collagen powder to my morning smoothies.
Best known for its anti-aging abilities, collagen is a natural fiber that gives the skin its strength and flexibility. However, as we age, our bodies’ natural collagen production begins to slow down, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, loss of density, and more. I like to think of collagen powder as beauty fairy dust, as it can actually reverse some of those visible signs of aging, improve the look of the complexion, and even promote hair growth.
By adding a scoop of collagen powder to my morning smoothie every day for six weeks, I saw visible changes in the clarity of my skin, strength of my nails, and — get this — my hair grew like a weed. Curious to know more? Read on to discover my go-to collagen powder, plus all the major changes in my hair, skin, and nails.
My go-to collagen powder
First thing’s first, the powder. After scouring the internet and Whole Foods, I decided to go with Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. The grass-fed, pasture-raised powder comes highly recommended by fitness and wellness experts, is Whole30-approved, kosher, and is completely flavorless and odorless for more versatility. Another reason to love it? If you’re always on-the-go (like me), you can purchase to-go packs and pour the powder into your fresh pressed juices or smoothies, add it to your oatmeal, and so on.
Now, on to the results.
1. My dry skin vanished
As far as “skin types” go, my skin almost always falls on the drier side of the spectrum. As a result, I often douse my face and body in coconut oil for added nourishment. However, after adding the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides in my diet, I noticed a drastic change in the suppleness of my skin. Without coconut oil, my skin typically feels very dry. But, after just a few weeks of adding the powder to my diet, I noticed that my skin appeared ultra supple and soft — a sign of hydrated skin — without coconut oil.
2. My hair grew like a weed
I’ve always had really long hair, but I impulsively chopped it off about a year and a half ago and have been desperately trying to grow it out ever since. As it turns out, collagen powder is what my hair has been waiting for.
Before diving into this experiment, I had no idea that the supplement could actually aid in hair growth. But, after about three weeks of taking the powdered supplement every day, I began to notice a substantial difference in my hair growth. When supercharged with collagen powder, it appeared as though my hair was growing faster than ever before.
And that’s not all. In addition to hair growth, I also noticed a difference in my hair’s texture and shine. Thanks to its ability to naturally nourish, my hair appeared ultra shiny and smooth, with a silky soft texture.
3. My nails are stronger than ever
I’ve always considered myself someone with stronger nails. However, once they grow out to a certain point, they become ultra brittle. That all changed after incorporating collagen peptides in my diet. Around the same time that I noticed my hair growth (three weeks) I also began to notice that, when my nails grew out, they weren’t breaking or peeling for once.
4. My skin looked brighter
Another way collagen upped my beauty game? It gave me a brighter, more toned-looking complexion. Thanks to its ability to naturally hydrate the skin, my dry skin, and the drab-looking tone that came with it, was no longer an issue. After about a month of use, I noticed that my complexion not only looked brighter, but it had a natural-looking glow from within.
5. My beauty sleep improved
I didn’t realize this until after the fact — while researching all the ways collagen benefits beauty and health — but since I started adding collagen to my diet, I have noticed a significant change in my sleep patterns. I normally have a hard time waking up in the morning, but after six weeks of taking the supplement, I noticed that I have been waking up feeling more rested and energized than before.
The anti-aging benefits of collagen peptides
As I mentioned previously, the anti-aging benefits of collagen peptides are huge. However, I did not notice any drastic changes in my own skin, because I’m not quite there yet.
That being said, after seeing how quickly the peptides nourished my complexion and left my skin feeling ultra supple, soft, and smooth, I can certainly see how the power of collagen peptides can be used as a natural anti-ager. In fact, according to a recent study, if you take a daily supplement that contains collagen — whether it’s from collagen powder or a pill — you may actually see a significant reduction in the depth of eye wrinkles, as well as improvement in the skin’s collagen and elastin.