Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and the substance that holds the whole body together. It is found in the bones, muscles, skin and tendons, where it forms a scaffold to provide strength and structure.
Collagen is most commonly found within the body in the skin, bones and connective tissues. Collagen provides skin its strength and structure. It also plays a role in the replacement of dead skin cells. In the middle layer of the skin , collagen helps form a fibrous network, upon which new cells can grow.
As we age Collagen production declines, reducing the structural integrity of the skin leading to thinner, sagging skin. The lack of Collagen adds to the formation of lines and wrinkles. Beginning around the age of 40,collagen synthesis begins to decline, with a dramatic reduction in women after menopause. By the age of 60 there is a considerable decline in collagen production which is also reduced by exposure to ultraviolet light and other factors, such as, smoking and high sugar consumption.
Treatment and Results
Products that claim to contain collagen and improve Collagen in the skin unlikely work. The collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin's surface. Any benefit seen from these are most likely due to moisturizing effects of other ingredients on the outer layer of the skin.
Treatments and ingredients that seem to have a positive effect on Collagen synthesis are found in laser therapy, vitamin C, AFA blue/green algae and retinoic acid. A number of studies confirm that these treatments and ingredients increase collagen synthesis. In a study from 2012, conducted at Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory at Chonbuk National University, South Korea showed that AFA blue/green Algae significantly increased Collagen synthesis compared with Vitamin C. Another exciting independent study conducted by a leading stem cell research institution and Dr. Dave Woynarowski in August 2014, provided scientific proof of improved Collagen synthesis using products containing AFA blue/green algae and a natural retinol alternative. Both Concentrated Restorative Serum and Beauty Boost Peptide Complex contain both AFA blue/green algae and a natural retinol alternative.
Results from treatments and these ingredients have increased Collagen synthesis and clearly demonstrated skin restructuring effects such as positive changes in skin thickness and elasticity, along with reductions in fine lines and wrinkles. It has been noted that the best results are when the products containing these ingredients are used consistently over a period of 12 months. There is also speculation that continued use may lead to even more positive changes. Dean Miller, President of Age Rite Solutions said, " My skin took 50 years to get here, I can't expect to fix it in one day, week, or month. I am confident over time, with the right products I can expect to see my skin repair itself much faster".