When a new product or trend gets a seal of approval from a celebrity, we’re usually willing to try it out for the sake of journalism—especially if it’s a beauty or skincare trick that any of the Keeping Up with The Kardashians stars swear by. Whether it’s a toning butt mask or a genius hack for concealing under eye circles, we’ll admit to drinking the Kool-Aid when it comes to the Kardashian-Jenner gang.
What a dermatologist thinks about collagen creamers
Collagen is the most abundant protein in skin, making up an impressive 75-80% of the organ, New York City-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, told ishonest previously. Along with elastic tissue, collagen is found in the middle layer of skin (aka the dermis)—giving skin its fullness and plumpness—and in bone, tendons, ligaments, organs, muscle, blood vessels, and hair.
The good news? Collagen keeps your skin full and youthful-looking. But unfortunately, while our bodies do make new collagen every day, after age 25 we start to lose more collagen than we produce, Dr. Jaliman previously explained. The result? Fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and weakened joints—joy!
While it’s made for coffee lovers, the collagen creamer can also be added to matcha, oatmeal, baking recipes, and anywhere you may need a dairy-free milk substitute. It promises luscious hair, strong nails, and plump, radiant skin. I asked myself, WWKJD (what would Kylie Jenner do?) and decided to give her morning ritual a shot.
To buy: Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer ($29; amazon.com)
What I thought about the Vital Proteins flavor and texture
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a coffee drinker. *Face palm.* I know what you’re thinking: “can I really trust someone who doesn’t drink coffee?” I feel the same about people who don’t like wine or dessert—total serial killers. I love the smell, taste, and the idea of starting each morning with a cold brew, but my body, unfortunately, physically rejects it. I end up with awful stomach aches, the shakes, and a feeling of unsettledness that keeps me up all night.
Did it work?
My strategy was simple: add one scoop (two scoops became too gritty) into my morning matcha or oatmeal, and instantly transform into Kylie Jenner—kidding.
What’s more, my face appeared more hydrated and glowy after introducing the creamer into my diet—which felt like an added bonus since I get super dry skin in the winter. Was it all because of this magic powder, or from switching my morning face cream to Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer ($68; sephora.com)? *Shrug.*
The one thing that I’m certain I can credit to the collagen creamer is getting my nails into the best shape they’ve ever been. After the last few weeks spent sipping on collagen, my thin, brittle nails (thank you, gel manicures) have gotten shockingly harder, longer, and more durable. Being a former—and still recovering—nail biter, I’ve always struggled with having pretty, natural nails that don’t need to be constantly hidden by polish. I’ve been able to go polish- free—allowing my nails to breathe—and I’m not even self-conscious about how they look.
Don’t believe me? Amazon reviews are here to back up this collagen creamer. “I noticed my skin and nails improved in for first week,” wrote one reviewer. “My joints also felt so much better from running, cycling, and yoga. The taste is a little different at first but now I am used to it and love it.”
“I am on my third container and I have to say my hair looks awesome and I love the richness the product gives my coffee (I also add sweetened creamer). Some reviews mention clumps, that can be overcome with stirring a little bit more,” shared another.
The final verdict
I’m willing to take a little extra texture in my morning tea if it means thicker nails and hair. And the best part is, you don’t have to break the bank to score Jenner’s favorite vanilla-flavored creamer. Pick up a tub of Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer on Amazon for just $29, or opt for the travel-friendly packets— perfect for traveling or stashing in your office desk— for $46 for a 14-pack.
Next up on my list? I love to bake, so I’m planning on snapping up the Vital Proteins Mocha Collagen Creamer ($29; amazon.com) and whipping up these gooey decadent pumpkin brownies—because if Kylie Jenner thinks it’s worth a purchase, I’m all in.
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