Fish scales are also a raw material in collagen-based products such as skin moisturizers, anti-aging creams, wrinkle removers, hand creams, cleansing gels, and all manner of Botox knock-offs and raccoon-eye miracle cures.
One Chinese company on the Internet markets its skin-care product in these refreshingly candid terms: "Athena Fish Collagen capsule is manufactured from fish scale or skin using modern biochemical separation technology. It is a new collagen that is safe to human being. There is 50% collagen in this product to promote skin health. It is suitable to support skin, hair...nail health and beauty."
Unseemly as it may be, fish scales not only emanate a radiance all their own, but they potentially nourish the beauty of that glow in collagen consumers worldwide.
Type: red snapper/ lujanus
Style: dried shrimp