At the beginning of this year I decided that wanted to start taking care of my skin a little more – to really start investing in it. My skin has been a major insecurity of mine since I was 11 years old when I first started getting awful breakouts on my forehead and chin. And when I say the breakouts were bad – I mean you couldn’t see my forehead, bad. I even got full blown bangs at one point to try and cover my entire forehead. I’ll talk more about the timeline of my skin in my skincare routine post, but I just wanted to give y’all a little bit of background first. I had always been motivated to find products to help out my skin but as of recent I became motivated to find products that will help me now, but also benefit my skin in the future.
Something that I had heard so many people talking about was collagen. I had no idea what it was, but I knew it was supposed to be good for your skin. I did a little research and I’ll just give you the gist (since you guys could look up every single benefit on google anyway). What I got from everything I saw is that collagen is something that we ALL need and it is essential to our health. It’s not just for our skin, but for our gut and muscles as well. It basically works to keep your overall body youthful – for instance, keeping your skin looking bouncy and keeping your bones and muscles together… as well as basically everything else. Collagen is something the body produces naturally, but the older we get the less collagen we produce. There are some things that can really stop collagen production. Some of those things include smoking and a ton of sun exposure. Now the sun exposure one really upset me because ~boy oh boy~ have I spent some time in both tanning beds and laying out in the sun. I feel like with the amount of time I’ve spent exposing my skin to the sun, I probably produce as much college as a 50 year old human, which is NOT good considering I’m 22. Anyways… basically collagen is something people need and it’s not going to hurt you to start having more collagen in your diet whether that’s foods that contain collagen or a collagen powder or pill.
I’ll link a helpful article here so you guys can read more in detail about collagen.
So – after learning a little bit more about collagen, I wanted to try it out to see if I could notice a difference in my very dry, very dull looking skin. I bought the Vital Proteins Beauty Collagen from target. Of course y’all can buy any brand of collagen this is just the brand I happen to find! One thing that I really wanted to see a difference in was this super flaky dry patch I’d had on my skin right next to my nose for about 5 months. After a month of adding this beauty collagen to my diet daily I started to notice that patch actually shrinking and getting smaller. Fast forward to today? That patch is completely gone now! This is major because my dry skin is no joke, but this rough dry patch took that to another level. Slowly, I started seeing my skin become more hydrated and not look so rough. I started feeling like I didn’t have to put makeup on to go out in public which was a dream come true for me because even IF my acne had been gone – my dry skin and the discoloration was enough to make me feel insecure which sucks. And you guys… adding collagen to your diet is like the easiest thing ever, like you don’t even have to think about it. So, if something this simple could help out my skin right now AND in the future? I am here for it. I think everyone should add this to their diet! Seriously… no one likes wrinkles or aging looking skin!
I hope you guys found this helpful! I am going to be doing a lot of posts about self-care and skin care because it’s something that means a lot to me! Make sure to subscribe to my blog and YouTube! Talk to y’all in the next one!
This is what my skin looks like currently without any makeup!