You all have probably heard me talking about collagen supplements before – I have mentioned them over the years in this post, this post, this post, and this post. I know collagen is all the rage to talk about right now, but take it from me as someone who’s tried them all, I feel like I have some good experience and knowledge of collagen. Side note, but I also used to sell a wound care product that would aid the body’s collagen in rebuilding after tissue necrosis, so needless to say I know a lot about the wonderful protein of collagen.
To make it simple to understand, our bodies contain collagen which is a protein that is a key player for our bones, skin, hair, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Our bodies naturally make collagen but it starts slowing down and depleting as we age which is one of the reasons why our bones get brittle, our skin starts sagging, and we get joint pain. According to medical experts, after the age of 21 our collagen production starts to slow down and the average woman’s skin decreases in thickness by around 7% every ten years resulting in a loss of elasticity leading to fine lines and wrinkles. A lot of people don’t see how collagen can affect our hair and it’s really quite simple as well- as the collagen diminishes, so does the flow of nutrients to our scalp and hair follicles which can cause a shrinking in the diameter of the hair and a concurrent loss of strength.
Alright, I’m sure you’re like “enough with the science lesson, Megan”. Let’s get to the good stuff! Luckily, there are several forms of collagen supplementation and they’ve been around for a long time. I can remember when I first started dating Rob in 2008, his mother Jan who has always been into supplements and skincare was taking a collagen powder supplement and also using collagen and silica drops in her water. This leads me to my next point, which is that there are several ways for you to get collagen. Literally, any way you want to take it, you can get it – coffee creamers, powders, flavored powders, pill form, liquid concentrated form … you name it. I’m not here to sell you any certain one of these, but I am just wanting to give you options to see which one fits your lifestyle the best.
Modere Liquid Biocell – (Use my referral code for $10 off at checkout: 4202832) I’m sure that you’ve heard people talking about this one on Instagram as it seems to be all the rage right now. I know when I saw tons of people talking about it I was skeptical and didn’t really know what all of the fuss was about. I am very hesitant to try anything that has to do with MLMs, so I ordered my own bottle on Amazon and paid a lot more for it, but wanted to have an unbiased trial for myself. The Modere Liquid Collagen comes in a few different variations – Life, Skin, Pure, and Sport. I chose the Life version because it seemed to have the most benefits and included everything I would have wanted in the Skin version.
The liquid collagen is a very concentrated bottle that you take 2 tablespoons a day from. Personally, I just keep it in my fridge door and take a swig every day when I remember to do it. The taste is kind of a fruit punch flavor, heavy on the cherry. I took before pictures of my eyelashes, skin, and hair to track progress at the one month mark. I’ve noticed the most results with dewy skin, nail thickness, and cuticle growth. I have to cut my cuticles once a week and I when I went to get a manicure the nail tech couldn’t believe all of the cuticles she cut from just a week’s time. Like I said on my IG stories when I reviewed this, it’s not some miracle potion and it’s honestly probably like taking any other collagen consistently, but I just like how easy it is to open my fridge door and swig from a bottle. You can buy it through Modere (it’s not an autoship thing) using this link, or you can also pay a little more and get it on Amazon here.
Vital Proteins Collagen Powder – This particular collagen powder brand is pretty popular but, for me it wasn’t practical because, I would never finish the full drink that I mixed the powder into. You can add it to coffee, a shake you name it but without fail whatever I added it to I would never finish therefore never got the full effect of the supplement. I also didn’t care for the taste of the original or any of the flavors they offered.
Sanar Collagen Supplements – These supplements are probably my second choice and first runner up to Modere Liquid Biocell. Since the collagen is in pill form it makes it easy to incorporate into my daily vitamin and supplement routine, however I already have so many pills I take a day and adding another one to the list is not ideal. If you’re good about remembering to take vitamins daily and larger pills don’t bother you, then this may be a good option for you.
Bloommy Biotin Collagen Keratin – This is another pill option. For whatever reason I just didn’t like it as much as the Sanar supplements, but if you’re wanting to incorporate more than Collagen into your diet this might be a good fit for you.
Glotrition Collagen Powder – This is a collagen powder that I actually enjoyed the the taste of, but I still had a hard time remembering to finish the drink each time. Ultimately, it wasn’t practical for me.
Neocell Super Collagen Supplements and Neocell Super Collagen Powder – This is another great brand that I’ve tried both supplements and powder. I can’t really complain about either, but neither really stood out to me as being super effective. The thing is though, everyone and every body is different, so what works well for me may not be what works best for you. I suggest doing a few mini clinical trials of your own and seeing what ends up being the best fit for your body and lifestyle.
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