Benefits of Collagen Powder + Anti-Aging Coffee Recipe

I’m not one for chemical-laden skincare products, I’m always looking for natural ways to keep my skin looking fresh and clear. When people ask me about my skincare routine, I talk less about products and more about diet.

I truly believe that good skin starts from the inside out.

I’ve been hearing a lot about collagen powder lately (Jennifer Aniston adds them to her smoothies!) and have been actively researching the benefits and science behind the trend. So when Vital Proteins reached out to me a few months ago, it was perfect timing!

What is collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It is the basic building block of skin, hair, nails, bones and joints. It’s what gives our skin firmness and elasticity and what protects bone loss and joint degeneration. It’s also rich in protein.


As we age, the body produces less collagen. Hence, wrinkly skin and achey joints. Increasing your intake of collagen can slow the aging process by filling these gaps.

Vital Proteins has some great research on their website and through my own research I’ve found that not all supplements are created equal. For example, if you take collagen in pill form it is less bioavailable, meaning it’s harder for your body to absorb and utilize.

Vital Proteins sent me a handful of powders to try so every morning I’ve been making myself an anti-aging coffee using their marine collagen powder + coconut oil! It’s delicious, nutritious and super simple.



1/2 cup coffee (or 2 shots espresso)

1/2 cup steamed almond milk

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 scoop Vital Proteins Marine Collagen

1/4 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)

Pour ingredients into a blender, blend until frothy and enjoy!



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This post was written in partnership with Vital Proteins. All thoughts are my own.




  1. Sarah 4 years ago

    I’ve been interested in adding collagen to my diet. Is there a difference between fish vs. beef or just preference? Have you been taking it for a couple months? Have you noticed a difference, if so what kind of differences? Thanks Robin!!

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      Robin Long 4 years ago

      Hi Sarah!

      Visiting the Vital Proteins blog may help answer that question – but from what I understand they all have similar benefits! I have only been using the supplement for the past few weeks. So far I’ve noticed improvements in my hair and nails – but haven’t taken any before or after photos regarding my skin. Maybe I should! I just like knowing that I’m providing my body with an essential protein that tends to decrease as we age. It feels good to be proactive. 🙂

  2. K Ann Guinn 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your finds with us. The coffee sounds delicious!

  3. Nicole Rasinski 4 years ago

    That cup of coffee looks so amazing!

  4. danielle 3 years ago

    Is there another way to incorporate this into our diet for the non-coffee drinkers? Can I just add it to anything?

    • Sarah 3 years ago

      You could also try adding it to smoothies! 🙂

  5. SWisdom 3 years ago

    True. Not all supplements are created equal and some are better than others but the most important thing of all is to see how our body reacts to the type of supplement we are taking. I’ve tried taking some supplements that gave me constipation. My friends felt good about it but my body just reacted differently. So in my opinion, we should take supplements that is compatible us. My supplement is great, it makes me feel good, and above all it makes my skin look great.

  6. karen.vallee 3 years ago

    Tried this today and it was great! Thanks Robin!☕

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