Over 30% of the protein mass in the human body is collagen, which is the main component of connective tissue, different types of which are found throughout the body. It also goes to make up over 70% of the protein in skin – the body’s largest organ - which protects us and helps to regulate our temperature.
Collagen is found in all vertebrates but not in plants. In nature, collagen occurs exclusively in animals, so using the term collagen in relation to plant protein is misleading (despite the fact that many companies use the term for marketing purposes).
And although collagen is immediately associated with the skin and how it looks, it is abundant throughout our entire body. Bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage are made up of proteins, of which collagen is one of the most predominant; and their strength and flexibility depend on the quality of collagen present.
Collagen is also present in all smooth muscle tissues, blood vessels, the digestive tract, corneas, the heart, gallbladder, kidneys and bladder… holding the cells and tissues together. Collagen is even the major component of hair and nails.
Collagen protein is like the cement or scaffolding that holds everything together and plays an important part in many living processes.
Amino acids are the basic building blocks of collagen, forming peptide strands which then wind around one another evolving into pro-collagen – which then forms more complicated fibrils, and finally fibres. Fibres and fibrils are insoluble and play a supportive role in the body, giving its structures strength and flexibility.
The body is constantly renewing its collagen, creating new fibres all the time. However, the fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen fibres, found in connective tissue) become less active with age.
Our skin’s condition and appearance depend on the quality of the collagen fibres. Weakened collagen fibres mean wrinkled and sagging skin.
For years, the beauty industry struggled to find an effective formula to slow down or even reverse the degenerative processes. Once the link between collagen loss and ageing was proven, scientists and beauticians turned their attention to ways of supplementing lost collagen in the body.
Originally, collagen was obtained from veal necks and used on a large scale basis in cosmetology and aesthetic medicine.
Many companies claim that they use so-called ‘plant collagen’. These substitutes for animal protein are often made from hydrolysed wheat or soya bean protein, and result in denatured simple proteins which – like bovine collagen – are biologically inactive.
This means that it cannot penetrate the skin, making it little more than a great moisturiser that binds lots of water on the skin’s surface.
The answer is very simple.
We are the only company to offer a product which contains the most important protein for the human body – collagen in its native form (non-hydrolysed) identical to that naturally occurring in the body.
CollGen products capture the incredible power of unique NATURAL NATIVE COLLAGEN in the form of a triple helix structure found nowhere else.
Collagen accounts for 75% of youthful skin, forming the main structural element of the skin in the collagen matrix in the dermis. It provides the structure supporting the epidermis and gives your skin its youthful fullness. When collagen molecules are damaged, skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag, wrinkle and age.
Collagen is composed of three chains wound tightly around each other creating a three-dimensional, triple helix structure. These chains are made up of the amino acids glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. Hydroxyproline plays a particularly important role in stabilising the collagen triple helix, preventing it from being broken down and eliminated by the body – a process that causes skin ageing.
In addition to its structural role, collagen also regulates the activity of fibroblasts in the skin. Fibroblasts are the cells that are responsible for rebuilding the connective tissue, including the collagen matrix in the dermis, and they play a critical role in wound healing.
As the body ages, it loses the ability to produce new collagen. This affects the production and activity of the fibroblasts, which, in turn, produce less and less collagen over time.
Not only is your body less able to produce new collagen over time, but also the ageing process results in damage to the existing collagen matrix, which becomes fragmented or broken. Fibroblasts can no longer attach to fragmented collagen and perform their regenerative function. In older skin, collapsed fibroblasts produce low levels of collagen and high levels of collagen-degrading enzymes that further damage the proteins forming the collagen matrix. This is a continuous, self-destructive cycle that accelerates the ageing process.
Skin is the largest organ in the human body and as it is exposed to environmental stress, it is the most visible indicator of our age and lifestyle.
The collagen matrix is responsible for skin support, firmness, elasticity, hydration, and the constant production of new skin cells.
The more collagen you have, the more healthy, elastic and supple your skin is and the more youthful it appears. Alarmingly, we lose 1% of the collagen in our skin each year after the age of 25.
This loss results in skin ageing, including wrinkles, fine lines, dry, blemished and thinning skin.
Fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and loss of youthful plumpness, combined with a natural decline in the body’s ability to regenerate new cells, are all visible signs of ageing. Environmental aggressors such as UV rays, cold and pollution cause dull, rough, dry skin and fine lines and wrinkles.
Over the past decade, intensive research into skin ageing has shown that the major differentiator between youthful and ageing skin is the health and integrity of the collagen matrix in the dermis, the support structure below the skin’s surface.
In ageing skin, the collagen matrix is weakened, broken and fragmented, impairing the structure of the dermis. As the collagen matrix degenerates it becomes brittle and fragile and increasingly loses its capacity to maintain hydration. Consequently, skin gets thinner, less elastic and starts to sag and wrinkle.
Maintaining the health and structure of the collagen matrix is key to targeting these skin concerns and can dramatically improve the skin’s youthful, healthy appearance.
Invented and developed in the late 80s of the 20th century the Formula allowed to derive Type I collagen from marine sources. The products are very unique and niche. They contain non-hydrolysed, biologically active type I marine collagen. The scientists discovered they were able to extract native collagen without using any chemicals and most importantly without damaging the triple helix structure of the collagen. Thanks to that the bioactivity of collagen was preserved.
Our collagen is like a living cell which in contact with human skin breaks down naturally into peptides and amino acids which have low molecular weigh and can penetrate the skin and assist in the production of collagen. The absorbable short-chained collagen peptides stimulate fibroblast activity to produce collagen and proteoglycans which are major components of the skin.
Your body is stimulated to rebuild and strengthen the collagen matrix. The collagen fibres formed, strengthen the collagen matrix in the dermis. Collagen improves skin elasticity by increasing the density of fibroblasts (the cells responsible for rebuilding connective tissue), and improves skin hydration and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
Our Collagen stimulates the body's own natural collagen production. When the body senses collagen in the blood stream, it stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts reinforcing the collagen matrix and playing a critical role in wound healing.
In order to be beneficial to the skin, collagen must be bio-active and needs to be easily and quickly absorbed by the body.
Our CollGen range contains pure, natural collagen sourced from the skins of fresh-water fish, which are low in sodium and eliminate the potential for mercury contamination. Our collagen is derived in a unique process without use of any chemicals. It is an extraordinary way of extracting collagen as usually collagen derived from cow and pig skins is already 'cut up' into pieces thus bioactivity is not preserved. When deriving collagen from cross linked structures of bovine sources the molecules are too big to penetrate the skin. They stay on the surface. Whereas our native Collagen thanks to its undamaged Triple Helix which stays intact preserves its bioactivity and breaks down naturally. As it breaks down in our skin in a natural way it achieves the lowest possible molecular weight. The lower the molecular weight, the easier it is for the body to absorb the collagen.
Non-hydrolysed marine collagen proteins are known to be the most abundant in Type I collagen, the same type that is found in the skin.
Collagen peptides may also trigger the body’s own natural process of collagen production by stimulating the proliferation of fibroblasts - the cells responsible for new collagen generation. This is evident in the increase in fibroblast density and the diameter of collagen fibres in the skin, both of which improve the skin’s strength, suppleness and structure.
By stimulating collagen synthesis, collagen peptides improve the water-binding ability of the outer layer of skin, reducing fine lines and preventing the formation of deep wrinkles.
Thanks to our unique qualities, CollGen range works perfectly for both young and mature skin.
For our younger customers, the products produce intensely satisfying moisturising benefits. They are designed to enhance skin’s natural beauty, preserve its texture and tone, maintain its radiant glow.
For our more mature customers the products help diminish signs of ageing skin and invigorate its resilience and radiance. This skin-transforming formula helps to reduce the number of wrinkles while improving skin’s moisture and tone. It supports firmness and elasticity in the skin by increasing collagen production.