Strictly speaking, I am not a vitamin person. I have tried countless times to jump on the bandwagon, but it never sticks. Sometimes they make me nauseous, or they make me sneeze, or I just forget to take them and then they collect dust in my cupboard or on my desk for months before I end up giving them to someone else. It’s a waste of money and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m probably never going to change.
Vitamin and supplement trends come and go. I remember a time when Omega’s were supposed to be life altering, or anti-oxidants were supposed to help people stop the signs of aging. At the time I am writing this, collagen supplements are the it-girl that everyone wants a piece of.
In case you didn’t already know this, collagen is something your body produces naturally and as you get older, the production slows down. The general idea is that a collagen supplement will give your body more of the key amino acids that it needs to produce more collagen.
Despite knowing that I ate well and lived a relatively clean lifestyle, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the hype and I wanted to find a vegan option. I did a lot of research and narrowed it down to two.
mykind Organics Plant Collagen Builder comes in a tablet form, so if you don’t want to add another powder to your smoothie, this is probably the one for you. It’s packed with vitamins and it contains both silica and biotin, the two collagen properties that are supposed to promote healthier skin and nails. To be honest, they made me nauseous, but it doesn’t take much for me to get queasy so if you take vitamins on the regular, I suggest trying this one and seeing how it works for you. I have friends who swear by it and they look great.
My personal favourite is the Beauty Shroom Vegan Collagen Protection by Moon Juice, the same people who have a cult following for their “dusts”. It’s a powder so I add it to my coffee or smoothie and it goes down easily. The ingredients read more like a superfood than a vitamin, so if you’re looking for something more complete, this might not be for you. I will say that I started trying this out mid-winter (in San Diego, but still) and quickly realized that maintaining my skin hydration was much easier. I was using less products and my skin looked healthier. I’m not a nutritionist and my eyes tend to glaze over when I see things like 2000bcu or 20mcg, but I was curious about why this product worked so well when the ingredients read nothing like any other supplements out there.
Despite knowing that I ate well and lived a relatively clean lifestyle, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the hype and I wanted to find a vegan option.
I emailed MoonJuice to figure out how it works, and they explained that Beauty Shroom ingredients function by hydrating the skin from the inside out, helping to preserve and protect the collage we already have, giving your skin more firmness, which makes fine lines and wrinkles appear diminished.
The bottom line is that it’s vegan, cruelty free, soy free, dairy free, gluten free, filler free and GMO free and they are very transparent about where their ingredients are sourced. This particular product comes in a glass jar as well, which is another bonus.
One important thing to remember is that supplements and vitamins are here to give our bodies a boost, and nothing will replace a balanced diet and lots of sleep. Eat your veggies, make sure to drink plenty of water and avoid the sun. Your skin will thank you later.
Side note for those of you interested in the ethics behind traditional collagen supplements.
The most popular collagen supplement brand claims that they have to use animals to produce an effective supplement and they’re using cow hides that are a bi-product of the meat industry, so it’s all good.
A supplement company does not have to do anything. This is not a life saving vaccine, it’s a luxury that most people can’t afford aimed improving our physical appearance. These trends come and go, with companies piggy-backing off the meat industry so they can keep their hands clean. With social media pushing us to constantly reminding us of what we’re lacking, it’s easy to get swept away, but we have to dig deeper and start questioning what we put into our bodies.