One Year with Collagen

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since it began taking Vital Proteins and Collagen. I’ve had success with collagen with many different activities including recovery from running, as well as in personal life with my hair, nails, and skin.

I started taking collagen initially for my hair and skin, but after taking Collagen Whey after workouts, I noticed I was recovering faster and running better too. It’s not the only reason, but I do believe it’s one of the reasons I stayed healthy through 2018.

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I like to see people’s before and after posts, but admittedly, I haven’t done many (or maybe any?) myself.  I thought to start 2019, I would share the major reasons I take collagen and the success I’ve had.

I’m a Vital Proteins ambassador.  In exchange for a post or two per month, I do get to try the newest products. I’m not paid to promote them, and all thoughts are my own.

Here are the Major Reasons I Take Collagen:

Better Skin:

I’ve never had great skin. In high school, I suffered from cystic acne, and I’ve had flare-ups through my adult life too. There was a period in my early 20s; I wouldn’t go out in public with a full face of cover-up or concealer. I wash m face frequently, but it never seemed to be enough (even with derm prescriptions).
After taking collagen for about a year now, I’ve noticed my sin is much more “glowy.” I’m not saying Collagen cleared up my acne, but my skin doesn’t look as rough as it once did.

It’s been a small change, and it’s not like I went from rough teenager skin to supermodel, but my skin has improved more this year than ever. I still have minor breakouts but nothing compared to a few years ago.

Nail and Hair Growth:

I never started taking collagen because of nails, but my nails grow like talons. I’ve never had long nails before (between swimming and just not liking long nails) but I’ve found my nails growing faster and longer than ever.

Same with hair growth! My hair hasn’t been this long in years, and many people have mentioned my hair length. I’ve always wanted to grow my hair longer, but patience is not a virtue I have.

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Joint Health:

Running is hard on your joints, and my goal is to make running lifelong. Collagen helps to preserve your joints. How? Collagen helps maintain the integrity of your cartilage, which is tissue that helps to protect joints.

Recovery from Workouts:

I’m adamant about having a serving after every run: whether it’s an easy run, hard, or even race. I’ve found the extra protein helps me recover faster and feel less fatigued.  I normally make a smoothie or even hot cocoa (this week has been cold) within 30 minutes of a workout.

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This is just my personal experience with Vital Proteins. While I am a Vital Proteins Ambassador, I’m not being paid to tell you about it. It’s clear to me the positive results I’ve had, and I’m looking forward to using more products in 2019 and possibly experimenting with more recipes.

Questions for you:
Have you tried Vital Proteins?
What is something you had success in the last year?


  1. I love collagen protein. My hair and nails look so much better, and my joints feel so much better. It’s also an excellent protein source in general.

    1. It’s crazy because I honestly never knew my hair could grow this quickly!

  2. I have never heard of this product. I do enjoy looking about new products and brands though. Especially products like this one that has many healthy benefits for taken it. I need to check Vital Proteins out.

  3. I have never heard of vital proteins but I’m impressed with its wide range of benefits, specifically nail and hair growth as well as muscle recovery!

    1. I wrote a post about it Jennifer, which I believe should be linked there. It’s extremely simple though and I typically add a flavor into the cocoa.

    1. Thank you, Alexandra, you’ll have to let me know if you do!

  4. I have never tried taking collagen before but it does sound interesting especially when you talk about hair growth. I would like to have longer and thicker hair.

    1. You’ll have to let me know if you do Joanna! I love how long my hair is right now.

  5. I have heard so many amazing things about Vital Proteins collagen! I have been meaning to try it and now definitely will! -Tonya Morris

  6. This is definitely a supplement I need more of in my diet..I’m familiar with Vital and now I need to check them out.

  7. Your hair looks amazing. Loving the results. So glad you took a chance on this.

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