Do You Really Need to be Taking Them and Are They Actually Beneficial?
There's been a recent spike in collagen and supplement sales in the beauty community. As all trends shift to a new focus, the most recent one is perfect skin and treating your skin and body from the inside out. Take a walk around target and you will see a whole section dedicated to vitamins and supplements, Pro Makeup Artist and creator of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown, has created her own line of supplements, gummies and collagen related products called Evolution_18. It’s being sold in stores like Sephora and Ulta and is the latest rage with Instagram including brands like Sugar Bear Hair. I’m not one to plead innocent because I have definitely jumped on the bandwagon as well trying out the Olly brand of gummies for Collagen and Perfect Complexion. I mean, it makes sense. In order to be healthy and look like a glowing goddess on the outside, you have to fuel your body correctly on the inside. But, are these vitamins and supplements actually doing anything for you? Or is this just a marketing fad you’re buying into? I am here for finding out, so let’s dive into it.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most plentiful protein in the body and is responsible for skin elasticity as well as playing a role in bone and joint health.
Your body naturally produces collagen as it forms your connective tissues and skin; hence, skin elasticity. As we age, our collagen production starts to decline which is where supplementation comes in.
What are supplements?
Supplements consist of vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, amino acids, enzymes and more and are meant to be taken orally by either pills, gummies, capsules, powders etc.
You would take a supplement if you feel you aren’t getting enough of something. For example, a gummy made for sleep is a supplement. Usually a supplement made for sleep would consist of melatonin and maybe a few other ingredients. Melatonin is made naturally by your body but if you feel you aren’t getting enough then you would supplement with it.
What to be Aware of
One thing to keep in mind while purchasing collagen and supplements is supplements are not FDA approved. They do not monitor and evaluate any claims being made. So, when you’re looking into products look to see if they’ve been tested by NSF, UL, or USP for safety. NSF, UL and USP are verified certifications that ensure the quality of the product.
It is extremely important to do your research on products before purchasing. After doing extensive research myself, I’ve found that it’s best to choose products that have fewer ingredients. Basically, products that get to the point and don’t have any unnecessary fillers. If there are ingredients in the products that you aren’t sure what they do, do some research on them. Make sure you’re buying into the quality of the product, not just a marketing fad.
TIP: If you’re choosing a powder, look for something that is unflavored. Flavored products often have unnecessary added sugars etc.
Another thing to consider is the amount of evidence to back up the claims given. Considering the lack of FDA evaluation on claims, there really is no way to justify claims without research.
So, is it actually beneficial?
Nothing is more beneficial for you than eating plentiful, nutritious food that is full of benefits for your body. But, supplementing can be necessary in some cases.
After researching evidence behind claims on Collagen it seems that for the most part studies show true benefit from using Collagen and most of the benefit being in the skin.
So, the take-away from this is do your research; quality over how cute the bottle looks, what it tastes like or doesn’t taste like and the claims it has. If you feel it’s necessary or really feel a supplement will help with certain needs you have, go for it!
A common favorite collagen supplement is the Vital Proteins Powder. I’ve heard lots of success stories from this specific brand. Personally, I have a big jug of the unflavored powder and just haven’t been able to use it because I only drink water and even the unflavored kind still tastes like something in water.
So, with that I wish you all the goddess skin.