Why marine collagen is superior for skin health

December 18, 2020

Collagen has recently become the darling of the health and beauty industries. It’s not hard to see why – as the body’s most abundant protein, collagen is essential for the integrity, elasticity and strength of our connective tissues and therefore our overall skin health.

As we age, our collagen production decreases meaning our skin becomes more susceptible to the signs of ageing.

That’s why it’s important to introduce collagen into your beauty routine. But when it comes to choosing a collagen product, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the many different types and sources of collagen that are available.

The two most popular sources of collagen for health and beauty products are bovine (Type 1 & 3) and marine (Type 1).

ActivLayr uses ethically and sustainably sourced Type 1 Marine Collagen as well as Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen which helps to present forms of fine lines and repair the skin.

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Types of collagen

Marine collagen, which is derived from the skin, bones, and scales of cold-water marine life, contains almost exclusively Type 1 Collagen. Type 1 Collagen also makes up around 80% of the collagen in human skin meaning marine collagen is more similar in structure to our own skin than bovine collagen.

In contrast, bovine collagen contains both types 1 and 3. While type 3 collagen can be useful for joint and gut health, marine collagen is scientifically proven to improve loose skin, minimise the loss of elasticity and help reduce wrinkles and other signs of ageing.


Marine collagen has superior bioavailability (which means that more collagen is able to be absorbed and used by the skin). Due to its low molecular weight, it is absorbed up to 1.5 times more efficiently into the body. Hydrolyzed marine collagen, which is broken into short chains of amino acids, is even more easily absorbed and distributed around the body. What’s more unique about marine collagen used in ActivLayr is using denatured whole chain form that is closest to native collagen format and deliver it to your skin without any additional stabilisers straight to your dermal layer.

Environmental impact

Marine collagen has less impact on the environment than bovine. Each year, roughly 9.1 million tons of unused fish parts are discarded during processing. ActivLayr’s premium marine collagen is ethically and sustainably sourced from trusted New Zealand fishery, Sanford, utilising resources that would otherwise go to waste. Additionally, according to the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council, the fishing industry releases less greenhouse gas emissions than most meat products.


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