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What is Hydrolysed Marine Collagen and why should we incorporate it into our skincare routine?

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

Hydrolysed marine collagen derives from the skin and scales of saltwater fish. It is a marine collagen that has undergone a hydrolysis, an enzymatic process that breaks down collagen to become more digestible and effective. Hydrolysed marine collagen is most widely used in products to help your skin, joints, and bones but also to aid wound healing. It is mostly found in the form of a powder or capsule, so must be absorbed into the bloodstream to become effective. It is broken down into the smallest forms of peptides and amino acids.

Marine collagen molecule
Collagen molecule

These collagen peptides are able to support skin elasticity and dermal collagen density, promoting your body's natural production of collagen and other molecules that make up the skin, like elastin and fibrillin.

What are the main benefits of using hydrolysed marine collagen in skincare products?

2. Retains skin elasticity and hydration: Rich in vitamins and minerals, the hydrolysed collagen tightens skin cells to improve its natural glow. When applied to the skin in facial creams, it targets areas of cellulite to develop greater elasticity and smoothness. The collagen will even burn the fat around the cellulite to form a softer skin texture. Sibilla and Godfrey (2015) discuss a study by Rousselot SAS of France on the impact of hydrolysed marine collagen on skin hydration. Their experiment tested on thirty-three women aged 49- 59 years. Their results found that skin hydration improved by 28% when taking/applying 10g of hydrolysed collagen.

Girl with perfect skin with plenty of collagen
Perfect skin

2. Helps to deduct wrinkles and contains properties for anti-ageing: The main purpose of hydrolysed marine collagen is that it provides an anti-ageing effect. Ingesting or applying it in a skin cream improves skin collagen, building up a thicker layer on the skin’s surface. This prevents skin from appearing saggy and dark and instead creates a smooth and bright effect. A study conducted by Evans and Lewis (2020) investigates the safety and efficiency of hydrolysed marine collagen on skin aging and appearance. After twelve weeks, their results found that participants who had been taking HMC in supplements or skincare products, reported their wrinkles has improved by 15%, skin hydration by 14% and firmness by 25%. Their results proved hydrolysed marine collagen is a safe ingredient to use to improve skincare for an aging population.

3. Eczema of the face: It is known that hydrolysed marine collagen can be used to improve skin redness and inflammation associated with facial eczema. Cat Daniel (2021) discusses this in her blog, and how skin creams, toners and washes containing marine collagen can aid this problem. Given eczema contains bacterial properties and hydrolysed marine collagen contains anti-bacterial properties- they counteract each other out very well. The marine collagen eliminates the soreness and itchiness by the amino acids being absorbed directly into the face and body.

4. Protection from UV light: The problem with UV light from the sun is that it can break down collagen. However, where marine collagen has been hydrolysed, the collagen is broken up into smaller peptides that are easier for our body to use. These smaller peptides provide better bioavailability than any other type of collagen. This means protection against UV light is much stronger. Aguirre-Cruz and Leon-Lopez (2020) conducted a study on the effectiveness of collagen hydrolysates for skin protection. When investigating UV radiation, they tested a HC supplement on sixty-two healthy females who suffered with melasma. Their results found that the hydrolysed collagen was successful in reducing hyperpigmentation, whilst raising skin hydration and epidermis thickness.

5. Delivers and supplies extra collagen: As we get older, the amount of collagen in our skin reduces. Consequently, the elastin fibres in our face become much thinner and looser, causing the appearance of wrinkles and darkness. The importance of hydrolysed marine collagen is that it provides a second chance for women to repair and replenish their skin. It is important women take it to improve their skin’s strength and elasticity.

Foods that are high in collagen to improve your skin are fish, chicken, and egg whites.

Oysters are a good source of collagen for people who love seafood. Oysters also contain copper, which plays an important role in building collagen in our bodies. If you are vegetarian or vegan, citrus fruits, berries, and leafy greens are other foods to explore.

Arlene renewing face cream day or night use
Arlene face cream

Overall if you’re looking to improve the texture, appearance, and age of your skin, hydrolysed marine collagen is the most effective and natural source to make this transition happen. Check out ARLENE Enhancing face serum and Renewing face cream to create this effect! #skincareroutines #skincarefavourites #agelessbeauty #arleneskincare #hydrolysedmarinecollagen #marinecollagen #arleneserum #arlenefacecream


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