As co-founder of Kollo, I thought I should share the story of how our premium liquid marine collagen supplement came about in the first place.
I'm a keen runner, and in 2009, signed up for my first marathon. At this point I was advised by a colleague who was a TV doctor, that as our bones take a battering with excessive pavement pounding, it would be wise to start taking supplements containing collagen as it's hugely beneficial in aiding joint recovery. Who was I to argue? I took heed of this advice and after a while progressed onto collagen powder.
Now in 2020, I am in training for my ninth marathon and still truly value collagen for recovery after a run, contributing to healthy joints, cartilage repair as well as good gut and cardiovascular health. However there is more...
Alongside running, my work hours have always been fairly anti-social. I've worked as a presenter on breakfast TV and radio since 2000. Yes for 2 decades, my alarm has been waking me at a time when most people are still asleep - you'd assume not ideal for dewy, radiant skin. Regardless, in recent years friends have started commenting how fresh I looked - surprising considering the lack of sleep!
My skin's had it's share of low points - in my 20s, I suffered from mild acne, which left me paranoid and lacking in confidence. I started taking collagen in my 30s, at which point my skin not only cleared but felt more hydrated and looked a lot more luminous. However I always credited the improvement in skin clarity and radiance more to fresh air through my love of running than to the collagen supplement. In fact I didn’t connect the improvement in skin quality with the collagen for a long time - until one day I ran out. After a while my skin felt less radiant and something was definitely different.
Only once I started taking it again, when friends and makeup artists started commenting on my 'great skin', did I consider that collagen may be my little wonder product!
I'm a working mum who for the last 7 years has been getting up at 2:30am to go to work and do the early shift, this lack of sleep should have definitely had a negative impact on my skin and health, however, it seems to not be the case. It slowly dawned on me that the collagen I had been taking has indeed been working wonders - not just aiding recovery after running but also visibly on my skin, hair and nails.
I truly never expected to be in a position to one day develop my own collagen brand however after years of trying others, my husband proposed that we create our own formula and this way we could tailor it to tick all the boxes: Collagen, vitamins, a great taste, all in one sachet, which you could take daily.
For me, it was imperative to find not only an ingredient that had clinical studies to prove it actually worked, but also to pack our daily sachet with as much of it as possible...and that is exactly what we have done. 10g of marine collagen in each sachet. After thorough research, we also realised that a liquid supplement has added benefits as it can penetrate the system quicker.
We cast the net far and wide to ensure that the collagen we used was premium and the one we found is the best on the market. We then mixed in added vitamins - B1, B5, B6, B12, and vitamin C - so you will feel fantastic and of course we carefully developed the taste - whilst some brands are satisfied with being ‘palatable’, we wanted ours to be delicious whilst ultimately giving you that radical boost you’re after.
It has taken time but we have got there in the end and the result is a daily sachet crammed with the highest levels of premium marine collagen required to give you incredible benefits, whoever you are and however old you are.
On a personal note, ever since we have created our wonder product, Kollo, my skin, nails and hair feel like they have all been given a radical boost. What’s more, as a keen runner, I am still reliant on the benefits of collagen for my joints, cartilage and cardiovascular system. I love it. It is a part of my daily routine and the minute you try it, you will want it as a part of your daily routine too.