I’m a firm believer in drinking your problems away. Tired? Iced coffee (with Kahlúa). Hungover? Bloody Mary. Bad breakup? Wine. See your fuckboy ex at the bar? 10 shots of vodka will do the trick. But as for those crows feet and laugh lines that are popping up on your twentysomething-year-old skin? I don’t technically have a cocktail I’d suggest for those, but there are some majorly effective (and yummy) collagen supplements that you can mix into just about any beverage so you can drink your way to smoother, bouncier skin.
In case the ex-Bachelor contestants on your feed haven’t already started endorsing collagen peptide powders (and given that Kourtney Kardashian already does), you should probably know that collagen is the building block for our skin that gives it youthful suppleness and glow. But as we age, the collagen begins to deteriorate, thus the need to mix the supplement with whatever drink your heart desires so you can start working on your skin from the inside out. In addition to boosting your skin’s elasticity, the latest collagen powders can also support hair, nail, skin and joint health—even more of a reason to drink up. Because what’s better than working on getting FaceTuned-esque skin while getting shitfaced? Nothing, that’s what.
Vital Proteins is the brand that you’ve probs spotted on your newsfeed, and it’s also the brand with the largest variety of collagen products. The most popular is their unflavored powder, which is sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides (aka cattle). It mixes easily with any drink (or baked goods), and is smooth and completely flavorless. The peptides come in multiple package sizes and forms, including powders and capsules. The peptides are also sold in dark chocolate and blackberry, vanilla and coconut water, and mixed berry flavors.
Skinade is a peach and mangosteen flavored drink that you’ll incorporate into your morning routine, and after a month you’ll actually be quite surprised at how evenly-toned, hydrated, radiant, and younger your skin looks. It’s a little pricier than its counterparts ($150 for a 30-day supply), but the results are beyond worth it. It’s also lactose, gluten and dairy free and tbh, the taste is pretty good—think of it as drinking a Bellini everyday, minus the prosecco and plus the fact that it makes your skin look amazing.
This is a very concentrated blend of collagen, maqui berry, açai, papaya, blueberry, goji berry, and pomegranate powders, along with zinc and vitamin C. The vitamin C is important, because it helps the body’s cells absorb the collagen to nourish the skin and protect against premature aging caused by environmental factors. The bottle contains about a month’s supply and the boost can be mixed with water, smoothies, or into baked goods.
Cult-favorite Bulletproof Protein is derived from pasture-raised cows and is naturally sweet. It can add the perfect flavor to your fav coffee, or go in a smoothie as a meal replacement pre- or post-gym. The powder also contains the brand’s XCT oil, which adds high-energy fats to your diet. You’ll get the extra kick you need no matter what you choose to mix the collagen with.
Vital Protein’s Beauty Water mix contains collagen in addition to hyaluronic acid, probiotics, and a mix of organic fruits to hydrate the skin as well as boost it’s elasticity. While there are no added sugars, the powder comes in strawberry lemon flavor to add just the right amount of sweetness to, say, a vodka tonic.