This might be what your anti-aging routine was missing.

By Susan Brickell
October 31, 2019
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Kourtney Kardashian recently shared her morning routine to her Instagram Story—and instead of waking up with a hot cup of coffee, the Keeping Up with The Kardashians star makes a warm collagen powder beverage to kickstart her day. Her go-to: Vital Proteins x Poosh Blueberry & Lemon Collagen Vibes (Buy It, $44, poosh.com).

"Making my morning collagen," Kardashian says in her Instagram Story as she pours hot water from a kettle over a glass of powdered collagen peptides. "It has vitamin C and zinc, so it's immunity-boosting especially, and everyone's getting sick." 

"It has hyaluronic acid so it's really good for your skin. And of course, it has collagen, which is great for skin, hair, nails—so many benefits. I drink this every morning. It also has protein, so it keeps me full until after my workout," she adds

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The magical tonic that gives Kardashian her glowing complexion is a beauty-boosting collagen blend with good-for-you ingredients, like hydrating hyaluronic acid, antioxidant-rich amla berry, and an entire day's worth of vitamin C. Everyone seems to be jumping on the collagen powder bandwagon—including Kardashian's sister, Kylie Jenner—but is drinking collagen powder actually that beneficial for your skin?

Found naturally in the body's muscles, skin, and bones, collagen is a protein that keeps skin plump, smooth, and youthful-looking. It makes up about 25 percent of your total body mass, Joel Schlessinger, M.D., a Nebraska-based dermatologist, told Shape previously. And while your body does make new collagen every day, production eventually slows (at a rate of about 1 percent per year beginning at age 20, explained Dr. Schlessinger), and wrinkles start to creep in. 

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That's why more people are turning to supplements and skin-care products to try to boost their body's collagen levels. The good news is that some research indicates that collagen supplements do indeed improve skin elasticity. Plus, some experts back up Kardashian's claims that ingesting collagen can support not only skin health, but also your hair, joints, and nails.

While that all sounds promising, don't think you're going to Benjamin Button your way back to the skin of your 20s. Other experts think more research is needed to determine how much collagen supplements actually benefit your health, as many studies so far have been small or sponsored by specific companies.

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Vital Proteins Strawberry Lemon Collagen Beauty Glow (Buy It, $54, amazon.com); Vital Proteins Lavender Lemon Collagen Beauty Glow (Buy It, $54, amazon.com); Vital Proteins Tropical Hibiscus Collagen Beauty Glow (Buy It, $54, amazon.com)

The benefits may be questionable, but celebrities like the Kardashian-Jenner gang swear by collagen supplements. Fortunately, investing in a tub of the Vital Proteins peptide powder won't break the bank, and mixing up the beauty elixir is super easy—just add water to the powder and drink up.

The best news? There are a ton of Vital Protein powders similar to Kardashian's favorite on Amazon with Prime shipping, so you can be on your way to healthier skin, hair, and nails by the weekend. 

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If you prefer a cheaper option and don't care about upping your vitamin C intake, check out Vital Proteins Beauty Collagen (Buy It, $25, amazon.com), which you can score for half the price of Kardashian's tried-and-true.

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