Our Collagen is a natural source of Type I collagen peptides. Type I collagen is a major protein that constitutes more than 75% of the protein found in our connective tissues and skin. This plays an essential role in maintaining skin tone, suppleness, and elasticity. Unfortunately after the age of 25, collagen sythesis in our body reduces at a rate of 1.5% per year. By the age of 45, collagen levels may have fallen by as much as 30%. The external effects of this process are the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and dry skin.
Beau Relax collagen is a rejuvenating ingredient that provides a pure and concentrated level of Type I collagen. It replenishes the body, providing essential nutrients to rebuild the collagen network due to its small molecular weight and high bioavailability. Beau Relax collagen contains more than 16% of essential amino acids (9/10) and around 50% of glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. These are key amino- acids that constitute Type I collagen. No other source of protein can provide this ratio of major skin components. The studies in this report show that regular use of our collagen may help to slow signs of aging by increasing collagen synthesis, skin elasticity and firmness, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
TYPE I COLLAGEN VS. TYPE II COLLAGEN
Type I collagen is composed of two (alpha 1) chains and one (alpha 2) chain. Type I collagen is a higher percentage of the body’s collagen protein than Type II collagen, and it is widely present in skin (75-80%), bones (30%), teeth, ligaments (80%), tendons (86%), and the placenta (>70%). While it may play a positive role in skin beauty, Type I collagen is also found in bones, tendons, and ligaments, which are key compounds in articular mechanisms.
Type II collagen is only composed of three (alpha 1) chains and is the basis for articular cartilage and hyaline cartilage alone. It may only help to rebuild cartilage, and its benefits are limited to articular comfort.
COLLAGEN PEPTIDES’ ROLE IN THE AGING PROCESS
Skin aging is a process that is both Intrinsic and Extrinsic. Intrinsic aging is due to genetic and hormonal processes. Extrinsic aging is caused by external factors like UV radiation, smoking, pollution. They stimulate the production of free radicals, the main enemies of the skin, inducing oxidative stress. Extrainsic and Intrinsic aging reduce the number and the quality of collagen fibers. They also reduce the skin’s elasticity and uniformity.
In young skin, the epidermis is thick and structured. The lipid barrier between cells works properly. In the dermis, the fibroblasts synthesize collagen and elastin. These fibers are numerous and dense and give the skin firmness and strength. In mature skin, the epidermis thins and cell renewal is slower. In the dermis, the fibroblasts synthesize is depleted and a decreased number of bers negatively impacts skin’s function.
HOW DOES COLLAGEN WORK WITH HYALURONIC ACID and other dietary supplement ingredients?
Hyaluronic acid and hydrolyzed collagen have different functions in the epidermis, but are both moisturizing ingredients that retard water evaporation from the
skin and provide a large barrier to trans-epidermal water loss. In the epidermis, hyaluronic acid forms a gel with large amounts of water, which in effect plumps up the skin by resisting the pressure from the collagen fibrils forming skin’s matrix. Thus, the size and density of the collagen fibrils and hyaluronic acid in skin have
a strong impact on skin’s health and function. Fish collagen peptides may also
have synergies with other ingredients. Studies have shown synergistic value with antioxidants like Vitamin C, for instance. Marine hydrolyzed collagen has also been shown to accelerate absorption of dietary calcium by increasing calcium bioavailability. (Effect of calcium compounds from oyster shell bound sh skin gelatin peptide in calcium deficient rats. Journal of the Korean Fisheries. Kim, G. H., Jeon, Y. J., Byun, H. G., Lee, Y. S., & Kim, S. K. (1998). Society, 31, 149 -159).
Clinical studies show that after 2 weeks, oral ingestion of 10g fish collagen /day counteracts skin ageing and improves skin appearance (skin firmness, hydration, & brightness)