Hey hey, #BurstTribe! I’m Meegan, of the LIFE+STYLE blog SignedM., & I’m taking over the Burst Blog today! A few quick things you should know about me: I’m uh-bsessed with fashion. I’ve been bit by the travel bug hard. You can regularly find me on the bike at Burst, as my workouts are what keep me sane. & I’m a huge advocate for having goals over dreams, & a play-by-play game plan for how you are going to reach them. I also have a deep & serious love affair with pizza. Vodka is my drink of choice after 5pm. I have thee cutest dog on the planet (he has his own Instagram, you should follow him: @thewonderfulworldofos). & I’m 110% certain that I married the best man on the planet. (Sorry ladies… I know you think you did, but you’re wrong.)
Ok so listen: I’m obsessed with anything that claims to be anti-aging. I’m about to turn 33 & every single day I feel like that thing people used to say to me, “Just wait until you hit your 30s…” wasn’t just something cute & funny. Shit changes. Yep, I’ve wasted my fair share of green stuff on products that are a complete scam! I keep opening up my purse because I really want to know.. what should I be doing to turn back the hands of time?! Or, at the very least, push pause!
A word that seems to be quite buzz-worthy lately is “collagen.” I was curious to know why this seems to be such a hot topic, & what benefits it boasts. Again, I’ve wasted a chunk of change… so in the name of self improvement in all areas of my life, I’m trying to be a little more responsible & do my due diligence!
So here’s the science-y stuff… 
Collagen is a long-chain amino acid & is the most abundant protein in the body. Keeping it simple for ya: “It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells. When it comes to our joints and tendons, in simplest terms, it’s the “glue” that helps hold the body together.” (via Dr. Axe)
The body’s natural collagen production declines with age & living real life (aka: stress, poor diet, gut health imbalances, etc.) can also decrease the body’s ability to make it.

Benefits of Collagen for Skin

While collagen is beneficial to the entire body, it is most noticeably beneficial to the skin. This is because as we get *ahem* older, the outer layer of our skin gets thinner & loses elasticity. Hate that. This is where wrinkles come from.
GOOD NEWS: these changes do not seem to be permanent or irreversible. “Double-blind, placebo-controlled studies investigating the anti-aging properties of collagen have found that 2.5–5 grams of collagen hydrolysate used among women aged 35–55 once daily for eight weeks significantly improved skin elasticity, skin moisture, transepidermal water loss (dryness) and skin roughness, all with little to no side effects.” (via Dr. Axe)
Umm… ok, this sounds pretty dang good! & it’s tasteless & odorless, & I can mix it into about anything?! I NEED IT! (I forgot to mention this… I’m a freaking pro at online shopping… & I can research like a maniac.) I found my favorite. Vital Proteins makes a collagen coffee creamer, & it comes in three flavors: vanilla, coconut, & gingerbread. I’ve been on the waitlist for gingerbread since January, so I can’t attest to it’s flavor… but the coconut is my fav so far. (The vanilla has the black little speckles from the beans & I don’t like the gritty texture of it) I picked my chiropractor’s brain about it. Turns out, she’s a big fan… she retails the exact same stuff at her office.
& guess what, you guys. The last time I went in for a hair appointment, the first thing my stylist said to me was, “OMG, I feel like your ponytail has gotten really long!” I immediately subscribed to an auto shipment. Literally, I was still sitting in the salon chair.


Did you like what you read here? Well, there’s more where this came from! M. will be a regular guest blogger on the Burst Blog… but you should also check out her own personal one, SignedM.