Happy Monday friends!
My hope for this blog is to be a resource for you. A place that you can reference for a real perspective and unfiltered, honest advice. Being a young woman in my 20’s on various social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest- I am interested in investigating the “hyped” products that bloggers and social media influencers are touting and raving about. I have always had a passion for beauty and fashion, and sometimes fall victim to the social media crazes and hot products- because, of course I have to see for myself if they really are worth the hype!
Today’s post is an honest review of collagen peptides. If you aren’t familiar, collagen peptides are a collagen supplement in powder form that are extracted from animal protein sources. The product I purchased twice and most people I know use are sourced from grass-fed bovine hide (aka-cows). One day I woke up and all of the bloggers I follow are posting videos on Instagram stories of this dissolving powder substance in their morning cup of coffee- claiming it can help with hair, skin, nail, and bone/joint health. Um, sold. So I bought a $43 20 oz. canister of the Vital Proteins collagen peptides from Amazon to see for myself what benefits this supplement could provide. I then bought the individual daily packets just for good measure.
Within my first week, I was sold. I immediately noticed a difference in the strength and health of my nails. I was excited to see what my hair and skin would do with these almost immediate results. I waited patiently for 2 months, taking 1 scoop or packet of collagen peptides with my morning cup of coffee each day. Here we are two months later, and to be honest, I’m not sold. My nails are back to peeling again, and any changes in my skin can likely be attributed to a more routine skincare regimen. My hair typically grows fast so I haven’t noticed any ground breaking changes in that department. If I’m being really generous, I have maybe noticed that the baby hairs by my ears (which have been damaged since the day I started using a hair straightener) have grown more than usual- but the jury’s still out on that.
If you haven’t gotten the gist yet, I am sharing my pretty unpopular opinion in recommending that collagen peptides are NOT worth the hype. For minimally noticeable benefits and their monthly cost, I just don’t see the appeal in adding these to your daily beauty regimen (and budget). I did some research and I am not the only science-minded person to be skeptical of the benefits that orally-ingested collagen can provide.
First things first, collagen=protein, and the building blocks of protein are called amino acids. Think of them as legos. They are the basis of a lot of the connective tissue in our bodies- hair, skin, bones, etc., and the amino acids that make up collagen are highly plentiful in the human body. As a part of the natural aging process, our bodies produce less collagen the older we get- lovely.
I am all for ANY product that will minimize the look of wrinkles in my skin or conditions like osteoporosis/ arthritis. However, after searching high and low, there is little to no evidence that the collagen derived from animal hide contributes to healthier skin, hair, and nails. It is digested with the help of the acidic fluids in our GI tracts and the likelihood of it maintaining its integrity and accessing the blood stream is slim. I did find one study that provides minimal evidence for the ingestion of a different type of collagen in contributing to decreased pain and inflammation in patients with osteoarthritis.
All in all, ingesting collagen peptides in powder form likely will not do your body harm. However, as someone who has tried it for herself and done some research to investigate further, I will no longer be spending money on collagen peptide products as I did not personally see results from the use of them and would rather spend my money on shoes or makeup 😉 I will be doing my part in maintaining optimal collagen levels by not smoking cigarettes, working out, eating a healthy, protein-based diet, and protecting my skin from the sun!
I hope you all appreciate and respect my personal, honest opinion of this “hyped” product and return to my blog in the future for more reviews and recommendations. Cheers to a beautiful week and the first one that truly feels like spring here in NJ! Cheers! xx