There are two things that we all face which have an impact on the way that our skin looks. The first is sun exposure. The second is aging. There is clear and compelling evidence that both the sun and aging takes a toll on collagen and your skin. Collagen is one of the most important parts of youthful looking skin. Today there are tools to help you have beautiful skin that defies aging.
What Is Collagen
The dictionary definition of collagen is, “the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues, widely used in purified form for cosmetic surgical treatments.” It is a hard and fibrous protein that makes up a large part of the human body. In the skin it gives the elasticity and strength needed to move our muscles and do things like smile. Collagen is found in the middle layer of the skin called the dermis and contributes to the replacement and regeneration of dead skin cells. (Source).
There are more than 20 types of collagen in the human body that are divided into two groups, fibrillar and non-fibrillar, which describes the function it serves. Of these, the five most common types of collagen are:
- Type I: found in skin, tendon, vasculature, organs, bone (main component of the organic part of bone)
- Type II: found in cartilage (main collagenous component of cartilage)
- Type III: reticulate (main component of reticular fibers), commonly found alongside type I
- Type IV: forms the basal lamina, the epithelium-secreted layer of the basement membrane
- Type V: found in cell surfaces, hair and placenta
Collagen and your skin breaks down as you age and through sun exposure. Significant scientific evidence exists to show that:
Alterations of the organization and structure of type I collagen, the most abundant structural protein in skin, is a hallmark of both chronologically aged and photoaged human skin. Electron microscopy studies have shown accumulation of degraded collagen fibers over time, and biochemical studies have shown that decreased collagen production correlates with severity of photodamage and age of an individual. Progressive fragmentation of the dermal collagenous extracellular matrix has important consequences: it decreases the overall strength of the skin, favors wrinkle formation, and creates a microenvironment that facilitates tumor formation and progression…
In chronologically aged and photoaged skin, accumulation of fragmented collagen decreases the mechanical resistance of the collagenous extracellular matrix and thereby decreases the mechanical forces within resident fibroblasts…
These results provide proof of principle that enhancing mechanical tension within the dermis of chronologically aged or photoaged skin effectively activates fibroblasts to achieve a more youthful state, which is clinically readily observable. These results also provide further support for the concept that decline of fibroblast function, in chronologically aged and photoaging human skin, reflects the degraded properties of the dermal extracellular matrix microenvironment and is reversible…[In short] chronic sun exposure causes photoaging. Chronologically aged and photoaged skin are clinically distinct, but share similar biochemical and cellular features. Chief among these common traits is accumulation of damage to the long-lasting extracellular matrix fibers of collagen and elastin. Fragmentation of collagen impairs the mechanical integrity of the dermis, thereby driving sustained reduction of collagenesis and, ultimately, loss of collagen matrix in aged and photoaged skin. Thus, age-related alterations of fibroblast functions, which deleteriously impact the health of human skin, largely reflect the degraded state of their dermal microenvironment. Indeed, increasing structural support within the dermis promotes a more youthful phenotype of fibroblasts in chronologically aged or photoaged skin.
Other things that can hurt collagen and your skin are smoking and consuming sugars and refined carbohydrates. (Source).
Getting More Anti-Aging Collagen in Your Skin
There are foods that you can eat to support collagen health. Vitamin C, glycine, proline and copper are all part of a collagen-friendly diet. Direct use of Collagen can greatly enhance your collagen and skin health.
Collagen injections fill out the skin and reduce wrinkles. This is why skincare companies are focused on creating products that use the power of collagen to reduce aging. The problem is that until now, with the advent of nanotechnology, this was not a reality.
Sabrina Beauty’s Collagen Rx Plus used 21st century technology to shrink the collagen molecule so it can easily be absorbed into the skin and reach the dermis layer. The time-released collagen molecule bathes the dermis layer with marine collagen and other scientifically advanced ingredients. By bathing the dermis layer of the skin with SABRINA Collagen Rx Plus, you are allowing the foundation of the skin to rebuild.
Your skin will become softer, clearer and youthful. Wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and acne scars will all begin to disappear. With Collagen Rx Plus by SABRINA you will improve your skin and recapture your youth.