If I was a betting gal, it would be easy money to say that you and everyone you know is taking about collagen. It’s the latest super supplement and it’s popping up on every heathy list imaginable – but what is it all about?
I wanted to see what all the hype was about, so naturally I dove right in, headfirst, and went gangbusters for a week. I ate, drank, gargled (jk, I didn’t do that), and breathed collagen (by only by accident because I sneezed while scooping some out….oops) and there are legit some amazing benefits…
Here is why everyone is loving collagen:
Great for your bones, joints, and muscles
Helps with digestion & is great for anyone with acid reflux, IBS, or leaky gut
Does wonders for your skin (goodbye wrinkles), teeth, nails, and hair
And, rumor has it, it supports a healthy nights sleep
After doing some research, I ordered Dr. Axe’s Multi-Collagen Protein and started adding two scoops to my morning smoothies. This particular mix is a high-quality blend of bovine, chicken, fish, and egg collagens, providing collagen Types I, II, III, V and X (hence, “multi” collagen).Types I and III are amazing for your skin, hair, and nails while Type II collagen, which supports gut health, joint health and healthy immune system function.
This mix is great because it’s super high quality, easy to absorb, tasteless, and has absolutely no smell (which, to me, is a big win). Smoothies are a super easy way to work collagen in, but I have also mixed it in to my cup of tea in the evening, and lots of people use collagen in their recipes!
I’ve been drinking collagen for about two weeks now and I can tell that their is a difference in my skin, energy levels, and my hair feels more healthy. It’s so easy to work in to my morning routine and with noticeable results in such a short time, it’s definitely become a beloved part of my health regime.
What do you think? Would you try working collagen in to your routine?
Alright my clean beauty babes, it’s time for another roundup. March marked the beginning of our journey in to clean beauty, ditching dirty products, swapping them for clean ones, and educating ourselves on ingredients and learning just exactly is in our beauty products. This all started because I downloaded the Think Dirty app and went to town scanning in our bathroom products and became freaked out because of what I was putting on my skin. It’s freaky stuff, babes, freaky, freaky stuff.
But! Thanks to a little digging, ditching, and trial and error, I present to you the first ever Use This, Not That clean beauty roundup. Ideally, I want to do these every month and showcase new, clean products that work just as well as your tried and true beauty favorites, just this time without all the icky chemicals.
I’ve talked about this cream before and I will talk about it again and again because it is truly amazing. It’s different than a normal lotion in that it isn’t creamy, more solidified like a coconut oil, but man is it amazing. Rub a little bit of this on after the shower and you feel soft and subtle all day long. Seriously, it’s totally worth it.
Everyone and their mother is obsessed with Glossier right now and truthfully, you should be too. I use their Super Pure serum for my acne-prone skin, but each of the three – Super Pure, Super Glow, Super Bounce – are all equally amazing. Not greasy or slimy, the serum blends easily and absorbs within a few seconds, leaving your skin feeling super (sorry, I had to!) Plus, with minimal ingredients, it’s a major clean win.
SWAP FOR: H20+, Caudalie, Clarins, Lancome face serums
Another skin care line you’ve probably been hearing left and right is Beauty Counter, and again, it’s because they are absolutely killing the organic, clean, not weird beauty game. Now, this Dew Skin is everything you ever wanted if your goal is the Non-makeup, makeup look. If you want glowing skin that says, “I don’t sweat, I glow,” this is abso-freaking-lutey it. It’s disgusting how amazing this skin tint is.
PS – if you want to try some BC products or looking for more information, visit this linkand get connected with my gal Clare. She is an absolute wizard on natural skin care and beyond helpful. She even taught me how to apply concealer the right way.
It clicks, it’s in a gold pen, and it’s basically real life photoshop. No joke. I am terrible at makeup (meaning, I don’t know how to do it and I rarely have time for it) but this is an absolute goldmine if you use concealer. Perfect for under eye or for spot touch-up, the concealer isn’t shiny or oily and it lasts all-freaking-day.
Again, you’ve probably seen this all over the internet, but it really is worth the hype. If I am in a rush, I usually throw on some face oil, a shade of lipstick, and run these through my eyebrows and it always makes me feel more polished and put together. Brow Boy comes in various shades (I use brown, but clear is a great option as well) which lightly fills in your eyebrows, making them slightly more full and keeps the hold without the powder or putty finish.
For all my highlighter loving babes, toss out whatever you are using and get ready to be swept off your feet by Ilia. It comes in a fat little stick, so it’s perfect for your cheekbones, but it’s translucent enough to go on just about everywhere.
SWAP FOR: Revlon, Almay, Rimmel London highlighter
After learning what was in my regular eye cream, I ditched that as fast as I could and straight into the arms of thisBeauty Counter favorite. A little dab around your eye sockets (the boney part above and below your eye) and your eyes feel hydrated, fresh, and bright all day long. I love this cream because the skin underneath my eyes feels amazingly soft and never oily or greasy. Total must have if you like eye cream.
This is my favorite spot treatment because it gets the job done and is light enough to wear under makeup during the day. It has Vitamin B3 in the formula (and while it isn’t the cleanest product out their, it isn’t wildly terrible either) and it blends evenly into skin and works to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.
SWAP FOR: Neutrogena or Clean & Clear spot treatments
Cruelty-free, biodegradable, vegan soap in a gently formula (that smells faintly of rose…AMAZING) and while you can use it on your face, hair, and skin, I just use it as my shower soap. I love Dr. B’s because it moisturizes, fortifies + nourishes skin with natural oils for a thorough, fragrant clean that won’t strip your skin of natural oils.
SWAP FOR: Ivory, Dove Shea Butter bar, Yes to Tomatoes, Old Spice, Olay bar soaps
What clean products are you loving right now?
Okay, little disclaimer, do your own research. These products are based on my personal review as are the suggested swap products. Some of these companies might have great, clean beauty lines, and that is totally up to you whether you want to use them or not. That’s the joy of having so many beauty options!