You’ve probably heard about it. You may already be using in your morning coffee or daily shake. Or, you may be thinking — WHAT is it? I’m talking about collagen. It comes in powders, cosmetics, creams, pills...
There is a TON of hype around collagen, but, for once, the hype is warranted and something you’ll WANT to be a part of!
Because you know what it helps with? Skin. Nails. And so much more (see below).
But I was completely sold when I heard about how it can improve skin — particularly, skin elasticity — because, MAN, is this twin baby bump growing by the day!
Recently, I was away with my teammates at our national annual conference and multiple times, the girls said to me, “I swear you’re bigger than yesterday,” referring to my pregnant belly. And when I got home, my nearly 3 year old said to me, “Whoa. Mommy, your belly is really growing!”
So, give me ALL the collagen!
When you hit your 20’s, the collagen you naturally produce in your body starts to decline — EEK!
Let me back up though…
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is the main structural protein in the body. It makes up 25-35% of our total protein content in the form of connective tissue like tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bones, and about 70% of the skin. It works in conjunction with another protein called elastin. Collagen fills out skin. Elastin allows skin to “snap back” when stretched.
Collagen helps to make your skin firmer, more elastic, and ultimately, appear younger.
But beginning in your 20’s, collagen & elastin production begins to decline, resulting in more wrinkles and less skin firmness.
So, as collagen DECREASES, guess what INCREASES?
- Fine lines
- Duller skin
- Weaker nails
And, while we can get all of the topical lotions, serums, & creams our hearts desire, these topical products will only affect our skin at the surface level.
You need more — you need something that can get below the surface and make an impact on a deeper level. Hence the reason collagen peptides are such an important supplement to your daily nutrition!
“Why should I use collagen peptides?”
With one tiny scoop, of this dissolvable powder, you’re setting yourself up for improved skin elasticity, stronger nails, and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles!
And while some may beg to differ, I don’t think it’s vain to want to keep your hair and nails and skin looking as good as possible — especially when it’s so EASY and affordable to do so!
When you add a collagen powder into your diet (I particularly love it in my daily morning shake, my oatmeal, and others love it in coffee!), the collagen breaks down into combinations of amino acids (peptides). These peptides travel to various parts of the body, including your skin, stimulating the production of new collagen!
For me, adding this to my diet is a much easier solution than spending hundreds of dollars on expensive creams that only hit surface level, or having to feel the need to get my nails done because they become brittle!
And I know that it’s not uncommon for women to begin using Botox in their late 30’s & 40’s due to the appearance of wrinkles! Botox can run a few hundred dollars per session (for the face). And it’s something that once you start, you really have to continue — should you stop, the appearance of those wrinkles you were preventing will reappear, and potentially reappear worse!
“What can decrease collagen?”
Well, unfortunately, age.
So, we’re all doomed. Ha, kidding!
But, as I mentioned, starting at age 20, it does begin to decline. Not only that, but the quality of your collagen declines. I know in my 30’s, I definitely have already started noticing the appearance of more lines, less “plumpness” to my skin, and more wrinkles!
However, other lifestyle factors can decrease collagen including: smoking, sun exposure, and an unhealthy diet (particularly added sugars and refined carbohydrates). Auto-immune disorders (ex: Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.) have also been shown to decrease collagen & collagen production.
We can’t stop from growing older — we can, however, help ourselves from appearing older.
So word of advice? No smoking. Use sunscreen. Eat a well balanced diet. And, start taking a collagen supplement! We can add collagen to our every day diet to help support continued production of collagen as our body’s natural collagen would otherwise begin to decline.
“Why would I want to use collagen if I already exercise and eat healthy?”
No matter how much we can wish it away or how healthy we eat, collagen begins decreasing from age 20 and beyond. We all need the collagen support. But beyond that, depending on the type of collagen, it may also help increase muscle mass, support healthy joints, ligaments and connective tissue (keeps them more elastic to help prevent injury).
“What type of collagen supplement should I use?”
So, as I mentioned, you can find collagens supplements in a variety of different forms — powders, pills, creams, etc. BUT there are also 3 different types of collagen that have different effects on the body!
Type 1 Collagen is the most common type that you’ll find.
It’s been clinically studied to improve...
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Brittle nails
And it’s also been shown to help…
- Strengthen hair & slow hair loss
- Build lean muscles
- Support bone health
Type 2 Collagen
- Helps support joint health
Type 3 Collagen is typically found along side Type 1 and has overlapping benefits.
It has been shown to help…
- Aid in anti-aging
- Support skin hydration
- Grow healthier hair & nails
Now, let’s talk BRANDS and my new favorite...
Beachbody Collagen Boost
Be cautious — you don’t want just any collagen. You want to make sure it’s high-quality with the right ingredients, so you’re actually getting benefits from the product you pay for!
Beachbody Collagen Boost is so effective is that it’s formulated with optimized bioactive peptides powerful enough to help stimulate new collagen growth in just 1 small scoop/day!
It’s sourced from grass-fed bovine hide (one of the most prevalent types you’ll find out there). Although Beachbody only sites their product as a Type 1 Collagen, powders sources from bovine are actually a Type 1 AND 3 Collagen.
The thing is, Type 3 Collagen & its benefits haven’t been as thoroughly clinically studied, and, being the honest company that they are, Beachbody isn’t going to make any claims that aren’t backed up by science!
Unlike other collagen powders you may have seen out there that may come in servings as high as 20g per day, Beachbody Collagen Boost has been scientifically shown to provide beauty benefits in one small, targeted serving of 2.5g!
How is 2.5g of collagen going to be as effective as 20g?!
Because it’s “hydrolyzed” collagen peptides, whereas most other products on the market are not hydrolyzed. This means the proteins are broken down into smaller, more readily available molecules. Because the protein is broken down for you (bioavailable), your body is ready to absorb and digest it faster than other products that aren’t hydrolyzed.
You’re therefore, getting more bang for your buck — you’re actually getting all of the benefits for a product you’re paying for!
Oh, and ingredient & nutrition-wise, it’s one of the best I’ve seen!
Compared to most other products on the market, Collagen Boost has less ingredients, less calories per serving, less sodium per serving (many have 100+ grams of sodium!), and is more affordable per serving!
Let’s recap some benefits of this type of collagen:
- It’s for everyone. Female or male, collagen begins decreasing at age 20, meaning it will benefit everyone!
- It helps your skin. By adding collagen back into your daily nutrition, you will help to increase the elasticity of your skin AKA reduce and/or prevent wrinkles, fine lines and help your skin look “plump.”
- It improves your nails. A collagen supplement can help your nails grow stronger and prevent brittleness.
- It’s good for your hair. Collagen has been shown to help promote healthy hair and decrease breakage.
- And aid in gut health. Collagen can help to strengthen the lining of our stomach to fight against and toxins or unhealthy nutrients. A strengthened, healthier gut also helps to increase nutrient absorption in the gut.
Collagen Boost FAQ
How many servings should I take a day?
With Beachbody’s collagen boost, only one 2.5g serving is needed to be effective. However, you can take up to two servings per day, if you choose.
How do I store collagen?
It is recommended to store in a cool, dark, and dry place — NOT in the refrigerator. But as I mentioned, can be consumed in hot or cold liquids. And make sure it’s used by “best-by” date for best results.
What can I mix the collagen powder in?
It’s flavorless, odorless, and dissolves completely, which means that you can add it to anything your heart desires, really! But many love adding it to…
- Cold drinks
- Baked goods (350ºF or less & no longer than 20 min)
I, personally, use it daily in my morning superfood shake (Shakeology), or even mixed into my oatmeal!
And did I mention?... Most people begin to notice improvements in their skin within 30 days of daily use. Even better? It comes with a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee, so you’ve literally got nothing to lose giving it a try!
Interested in Trying it?!
You can click the link below to order your 1 month supply of Beachbody Collagen Boost.
And I challenge you… before you start using the collagen, take a naked-face selfie (no makeup, no filters), then take one again in 30 days. You’ll really see the results!