A Vegetarian’s Exploration of Marine Collagen And Its Many Skincare Benefits


I am a 33-year-old “cool” vegetarian. You know, the one who doesn’t care if non vegetarian food is on the table or on her plate. The same one who will sometimes eat the gravy from chicken and be okay with it. I am at the fork in the beauty road, pondering a leap into the marine collagen pool. Why am I thinking about it so much even though I am a “cool vegetarian”? Because of my mother. She was doing her weekly Shopaholics Anonymous service online and I asked her to order a box for me. Seemingly simple request, right? Nope. My mom countered this request with, you’ll have fish?

A seemingly easy decision now seemed like deciding to wear socks with sandals – a choice that’s slightly eyebrow-raising but could turn out surprisingly cool. Some might even say that it is the ONLY way to be. Is it though? That’s the question I will be answering through this inner monologue.

What got me attracted to this mermaid elixir (see what I did there?) in the first place? Marine collagen is known to be the undisputed champ at amping up your skin’s natural collagen production. It’s like having a personal trainer for your skin and wellbeing. Firm skin? Check. Natural glow? Double-check. It’s the skincare equivalent of finding a cheat code.

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room, I’ve been team plant and potato for a while, and my diet is a mix of all kinds of veggies and cheeses. I occasionally enjoy a sunny side up or an omelette too – as I said as “cool” as they come. I’ve always believed that what you eat affects your skin and hair and my vegetarian diet has done well for me so far. But as the years tick on, the signs of time are tapping on my shoulder, and my skin and hair are feeling a little lacklustre. That’s when I started delving deeper into collagen and its benefits, which then brought me to the hero of my story.

And THIS is why I am diving headfirst into Marine Collagen (Okay how many times am I allowed to make sea-puns? Is this the last one? Am I cancelled?). The benefits of this ingredient do make a strong case for it.


  • Efficient Absorption: Marine collagen gets soaked into your body faster than other types of collagen consumed. This efficient absorption is attributed to the peptides, allowing it to penetrate the skin more effectively.
  • Natural Collagen Repository: Marine collagen contains a unique combination of amino acids, including proline and glycine, which are essential building blocks for collagen production. The amino acid profile in marine collagen closely resembles that of human collagen, making it an effective stimulant for the body’s natural collagen synthesis
  • More Hydration (this wasn’t an intentional sea pun): This collagen can attract and retain moisture, helping to keep the skin adequately hydrated, ideal for dry skin ladies.
  • Long And Strong Hair: The amino acids also play a crucial role in the formation of keratin, the protein that makes up hair. The abundance of these amino acids supports hair structure and growth, contributing to healthier, shinier, and more resilient locks.
  • Overall Wellness Upgrade: It contains essential nutrients like collagen peptides, which support joint health by promoting cartilage synthesis. The amino acids present in marine collagen also contribute to muscle health and aid in overall recovery. This multifaceted approach makes marine collagen a valuable addition to support not just your skin and hair but your overall well-being.

So to conclude, yes Mom, I’ll have fish. Maybe you should look into it too.

Disclaimer: When choosing marine collagen supplements, it’s essential to look for products derived from sustainable sources, such as wild-caught fish, to ensure both efficacy and ethical sourcing. Always consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating any new supplements into your routine.

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