Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, making up about 30% of the entire protein content of the body and about 70% of the protein content of skin.
Collagen is produced within the body but after about the age of 30, the body starts to deplete collagen at a rate of approximately 1.5% every year. Also, exposure to sunlight causes both damage and loss of skin collagen.
Collagen plays a vital role in giving the skin its strength, firmness, fullness, smoothness and elasticity. The natural loss of collagen that occurs with ageing and sun exposure is largely responsible for skin ageing and wrinkles.
A major scientific study* has shown that taking 5g collagen per day helps to improve collagen production and strengthen the kin’s dermis (the second layer of skin where the collagen is found). The study has also shown that taking a collagen supplement helps the skin to retain moisture and look fuller.
Collagen is also one of the major building blocks of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
*Clinical Study, “Visualisation and Assessment versus Placebo of the Effect In Vivo of the Oral Intake of Hydrolysed Collagen on Skin Properties. Investigational Products” Cosderma, France, 2012