If I'm being honest with you, targeting your skin from the inside out wasn’t a trend I thought I'd be jumping on this year. Yet, here we are! With all the acne creams, lotions, and oils on the market it seems like it would be unnecessary to need anything else. But the truth is, sometimes skincare just isn’t enough.
When it comes to the skin (and everything in life honestly) it’s all about treating it in a holistic approach. That being said, what you’re putting in your body is just as important as what you’re putting on it. And collagen peptides, well that’s something you’ll definitely want to start incorporating into your routine if you want glowing, even toned skin. And I mean c’monnnnwho doesn’t want that?!
Now that I've been using the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for over a year, I feel that I can finally give a full and proper review. First things first, let’s get into the specifics of what collagen actually is, what it does and why Vital Proteins is seriously a step above the rest!
VITAL PROTEINS COLLAGEN PEPTIDES
So why collagen, what’s the big fuss? Well, in your 20's you produce 1% less collagen every year. This results in tired, dull, sagging skin, along with deteriorating joints, brittle hair and flaky nails. Collagen peptides serve to replace this loss and slow down the aging process. It’s like the fountain of youth with every sip you take!
What are collagen peptides exactly?
Collagen peptides are a short chain amino acid that naturally comes from pasture raised, grass fed collagen protein. Collagen peptides contain the same amino acid protein that is commonly found in skin, nails, hair, bones, and joints.
What are they useful for?
Collagen has a few main uses that include:
+ Hair, nail, skin health
+ Bones/joint health
+ Gut health
How is Vital Proteins different than other collagen brands?
MY EXPERIENCE WITH VITAL PROTEINS ORIGINAL COLLAGEN PEPTIDES
Improving the quality of your hair, skin, nails, and joints are the claims. But does it really work to help all of those areas? Here’s my honest review:
THE LONGEST HAIR OF MY LIFE
One of the most common questions I get perhaps is how do you grow your hair so long? I don’t have any secret lotions or potions that I use, in fact my answer is pretty simple. Collagen peptides. Seriously, my hair isn’t grown half way down my back for no reason! I was dealing with a lot of hair loss due to taking an intense acne drug that made my hair especially thin and brittle. Gladly all of that is now behind me, along with my long flowing hair.
I started seeing growth results and thickening after only a few weeks. The turn-around time was so shockingly fast, I think that’s what got me hooked on the Vital Proteins Collagen in the first place. I continued taking them daily, sometimes twice a day actually, just to see how fast I could get my hair back to the luscious locks I once knew. After a few months I began seeing results everywhere! My skin, nails, hair, and yes- even my joints!
SKIN THAT HAS A LIT FROM WITHIN GLOW
When it comes to my skin it takes a lotto make an impression on me. Especially since I've tried everything from prescription topicals and dieting to acne targeted pills. However, after the first few months the difference was so insane I couldn’t keep it a secret anymore. I remember opening up about it on Instagram and loads of people telling me they had the same experience, or rushing out to buy it and having phenomenal results!
It helped my scars appear softer, have this lit from within glow, and do I even dare to say that it helped with my inflammatory breakouts? Yup. I do dare. Because it really has. If I do get a breakout now they’re super small and go away within just a few days, the mark left behind isn’t as red, and it doesn’t leave a scar. Scarring is a huge issue for me since my acne is inflammatory, so anything that can help with that is a HUGE PLUS in my book!
NAILS SO LONG, YOU'D THINK I WAS A TROPHY WIFE
If you’ve ever had a problem with brittle nails, you know the frustration! You try to grow them out but time and time again they chip, break, or crack. They’re paper-thin, uncomfortable, and hard to deal with (especially if you’re a girly girl who likes her nails to match her toes). I FEEL YOU. This was my exact situation *again* due to taking an intense acne drug, my nails were thinner than ever- they were actually peeling off in sheetsat one point. Once I started taking the Vital Proteins collagen peptides that all stopped.
No dramatics here, just the cold hard truth. It really works. Now, my nails are naturally so long that when I go to get them done the nail tech asks me if I'm a trophy wife *cue eyeroll*. So, if you’re looking to grow your nails long, strong, and be “trophy wife” material, these peptides might just be for you.
JOINTS, LIGAMENTS, AND TENDON PAIN COMPLETELY GONE
So, I don’t think a “normal” person would really see or feel any physical results here but because I suffer chronically with achy joints I notice a hugeeee difference. Ever since I was in a car accident a few years ago I've had trouble with joint pain, and being a runner definitely doesn’t help! Luckily after consuming collagen for about 3 months I began to really feel the difference.
I felt less sore after workouts, my joints didn’t ache during the day, and I had full mobility without any stiffness or pain while running. While the hair, skin, and nail benefits are amazing- this one has definitely been life changing.