Whoop, whoop! This blog has been a long time in the making! And I’m so excited to share it with you!
Naked Nutrition got a hold of Cheeky Complexion asking me to try their new Naked Collagen powder that is said to improve skin, hair, joint health, plus so much more. After I did some researching & I mean a lot of research and communicating with their nice representative, I decided to take a gamble and accept a free, full-size version of Naked Collagen in exchange for my honest feedback of the product on Cheeky Complexion. I’m actually surprised how much I ended up loving it and I’ve got the before & after pictures below to prove it!
Let’s get it on!!!! Let’s first start off with an excerpt from Naked Nutrition discussing their own product & then we can delve into our personal experience.
What is Naked Collagen
What is Collagen Good For?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and a major component of connective tissues in tendons, ligaments, skin and muscles. Consuming collagen provides health benefits including joint health, youthful skin, healthy hair, protecting cartilage and bones, and workout recovery.
Naked Nutrition’s hydrolyzed collagen powder is sourced from European cows that are pasture raised. Highly soluble and tasteless, use our grass fed collagen peptide powder in hot beverages such as your morning coffee, cold sports drinks, tea before sleep or as an unflavored protein base in pre and post-workout smoothies.
The Naked Difference:
- From Pasture-Raised and Grass-Fed Bovine Hides from Europe
- No Artificial Sweeteners, Flavors, or Colors
- 9 Grams of Protein and 0.6 Grams of BCAA’s Per Serving**
- Only One Ingredient: Grass-Fed Bovine Hide Collagen Peptides
- GMO Free
- Dairy Free, Soy Free, and Gluten Free
- Growth Hormone Free, no rBGH or rBST
- Paleo and Keto Friendly
BCAA stands for Branched-chain amino acid
Information provided by Naked Nutrition
What Are Amino Acids & How Do They Benefit You?
Amino acids contribute to the development of protein within the body and are crucial in promoting & encouraging healthy tissue in muscles, bones, hair and SKIN! Amino acids are also necessary in eliminating waste deposits related to one’s metabolism.
Out of the 20 or so known amino acids (I think that’s right!), there are 9 essential amino acids (the others are considered nonessential & conditional): Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan (I don’t believe this is included in Naked Collagen, I could be blind), Valine, and Histidine. Our bodies need all nine of these essential amino acids for basic health & since our bodies cannot make them all naturally, we must get them from other sources. Like Naked Collagen for instance.
When it comes to their benefits, amino acids have a ton of ’em:
Skin Health (Hair, Nail, etc.)
Studies have shown that amino acids greatly support our body and in turn helps with skin elasticity, hair & nail strength.
Many amino acids are found in your muscles & gut which helps to recover more quickly after exercise & process the fats in your food in a more efficient manner. Thus helping you maintain or lose weight in the process.
Amino acids are crucial when it comes to the growth and development of your muscles.
How Do Proteins Benefit You?
‘Protein is a component of all the cells in the body and a building block of skin tissue. Proteins are broken down into amino acids, the building blocks of new proteins for the body’s constant reconstruction job. They are like Legos, coming in different shapes, sizes, and types that help construct collagen or create lubricating ceramide in the skin. It’s a perfect economy, with the amino acids being recycled into new proteins on a supply-and-demand basis’, according to Dr. Ellen Marmur, Dermatologist.
Naked Collagen on arrival day! 😉
…. And when I dropped Naked Collagen a couple days before Christmas…. No judgement please on anything in this picture – we rent… I would BLOW UP our kitchen if it were up to me. Don’t worry, I didn’t lose that much powder. It looks more ‘deadly’ than it was.
How to incorporate Naked Collagen into your routine
Naked Collagen’s powder blends REMARKABLY well, I was actually quite surprised as I’m an avid shake drinker – specifically the 310 Shakes – so I thought I knew what to expect, but I was proven wrong. I was pleased to learn that it blended really well with mostly any liquid it was combined with.
Coffee – This wasn’t my favorite way to incorporate the Naked Collagen. It didn’t feel as ‘smooth’ as when it went into cooler or room temperature liquids. So I would personally not blend with hot coffee. It could have just been me though and maybe not enough water… I prefer my coffee portions to be dainty.
Shakes – I really liked incorporating them into my shakes that included vegetables & ultimately blended by our Ninja blender. You couldn’t taste it (you can’t taste it regardless of what it’s mixed with) and you pretty much have no idea you’re drinking it – so this is really my preferred choice.
Water – Honestly, sometimes I would just fill up an 8 oz glass of water, plop in 2 scoops, stir & suck it down. Since it’s tasteless, I was just taking a big old shot of water. This was a very feasible option & I did it pretty often.
310 Shakes – So 310 Shakes don’t get super smooth for me in general, but they’re smooth enough for the most part, you’re not usually swallowing weird chunks of powder… However, I thought, ‘What the hell, I’ll just throw in Naked Collagen into these shakes & it’ll be fine’. However, whenever I would do that, I would experience big chunks of undissolved powders. So I’m not sure whether it was the Naked Collagen or the 310, but I can’t really decide if you should add Naked Collagen to a shake with other powder in it that would be mixed in a shaker cup.
- 2 heaping scoops a day
- Started taking Naked Collagen on October 31st
- About finished with the tub, so lasts around 4 months when taken daily
- Photo on the left was taken on October 1st (that photo was also taken shortly after my first BBL treatment)
- Photo on the right was taken on December 31st
I started using Naked Collagen on October 31st. So while the dates don’t align up perfectly, I’m in SHOCK how much my hair has grown, let’s say in 3 months it’s grown that dang much, what do you think that is, 3 inches??? I do have a Cheeky or 2 who will comment on how long my hair gets every time I see them, but I think that’s because I rarely wear it down so when I do, it looks like it’s grown a lot. Also, I had maybe 3 inches of hair on my head in September of 2017 so they’re used to seeing me with super short hair. But usually, I’m not one to grow hair on my head all that quickly. My face is another story….But, my husband last night said, ‘I knew your hair was getting long, but now it’s just growing like crazy’. That was after he commented on my ‘mullet’ LOL! I took my hair out of the quaff it was in and it looked very similar to a mullet with all the hairspray 😉 It’s hard being this pretty!!!
Main hair benefits when it came to Naked Collagen:
- Hair grew like the dickens
- Overall healthier
Our family doesn’t have the best relationship with the hair on their head (and body hair is another story), but I will say that hair growth & thickness are 2 of the biggest changes I’ve seen since taking Naked Collagen. FTW!
There’s Yaya. our cat, photo bombing – per usual. She always wants to be in the spotlight, like her mother… I mean for the love, she’s even posing with her best angle & staring off into the distance. Of course she is…. Okay so I’m personally NOT able to grow like what I would call ‘adult nails’….Mine crack, chip, look dull & half the time they have schmootz under ’em (is that how you spell that word?)… Oh and I’m one to get a shit ton of hang nails. The only way my nails are able to grow is when I have shellac on ’em and they’re ‘filled’ regularly. But since I’ve taken Naked Collagen, I’ve seen a HUGE difference in my nails:
- Nails don’t break hardly at all
- The shininess of my nails is the first thing I noticed (it’s actually incredible how shiny they are)
- Hang nails are non existent (watch, I get one tonight…….)
I mean, just check out my nails above… It’s been a while since I’ve seen the ‘white tips’ in their full glory! Not sure why I’m hiding my thumb in that photo. Apparently it’s my least favorite finger. I can think of a favorite finger that I do have 😉 It comes out in the car sometimes…..
Eyebrow & Eyelash Growth
I naturally have just abundant eyebrows & eyelashes. So that’s nothing new, BUT I have noticed how much MORE I’ve been plucking the uni brow area (I don’t pluck anywhere else because they grow too much and I’d have to do it every day) & my eyelashes…. Yes, I pluck my eyelashes, they grow that much. It’s ridiculous. You may be saying ‘Hush, Colleen, first world problems’, but I’m serious. Since taking Naked Collagen, I definitely can say that my eyelashes and eyebrows have been growing faster than before & I feel like I’ve been ‘hair maintenance-ing’ the hell out of my face. Or as this household likes to refer to it as ‘surgery’.
And in general, in the same vein, I will say my facial hair has been growing pretty well too. Though I don’t prefer that to happen, it’s just one of those lovely occurrences that happens when you’re fuzzy. You’re welcome…….
This is one I mentioned to my dad that I would have a harder time seeing when it came to differences or before & afters…. I was actually hesitant to commit to trying Naked Collagen because I wanted to actually have almost a tangible way to show the improvements, and I felt that my skin is already going through so much with our daily tries & buys, that it wouldn’t be all that fair to give Naked Collagen credit or no credit when it came to my skin. And I hope you know by now that I wouldn’t dare recommend anything that I didn’t do research on prior or actually like/try myself, so this was VERY important for me to get right.
HOWEVER, I definitely think there was a general improvement in the health and glow of my skin. I think too in my photo above you can see that it’s looking plump and dewy and that can be attributed to Naked Collagen. Most definitely the dewiness because I’m pretty dull, correction, my skin is pretty dull naturally & I attribute that improvement to Naked Collagen.
I don’t think I can give ALL the credit to Naked Nutrition & Naked Collagen for my recent weight loss, but I would have to believe it has helped. I started adding a morning bike ride into my routine (9 miles every day) & replaced lunch during the week with a 310 shake. That is really when I started to see the weight changes, but I did start this new lifestyle about a month after starting the Naked Collagen, so I do think it’s been a support in my weight loss journey in one way or another.
I would HIGHLY recommend Naked Collagen for your skin, hair, nails & weight management. I will continue to use for months to come. I found their product to truly deliver on what it said it would do & I’m really delighted to bring to you such a great product by a very honest & transparent company. I will say I was nervous to write this blog, especially if I didn’t see any real benefits & I’m happy to report that writing this blog was a pleasure & I’m happy to be sharing this journey with you in hopes that you’ll see the great benefits too. As always, holler at me if you have any questions or comment below and I’d be happy to answer any goodies you got for me.
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