Collagen peptides are natural type 1 collagen peptides that can be used in such cosmetics applications as skin and body care. In creams, lotions and masks, they add the amino acids that are essential for properly functioning skin cells. This helps maintain the moisture balance in the skin and prevents premature skin aging. In baths, shower gels, shampoos and hair sprays, their film-building properties help achieve a more beautiful complexion and better groomed hair. Oral forms of administration, a sector known as nutricosmetics, also have a positive impact on the complexion.
1. Collagen products are growing in popularity.
Collagen peptides can be made available in many forms, including as a dietary supplement in capsule form or as a drinking ampoule. This is also known as Nutricosmetics. A vast range of products from the Nutricosmetics sector have already become firmly established in many Asian countries. Europe is now also slowly getting into the trend, with more and more of these types of products finding their way onto the shelves: beauty yogurts with aloe vera and pomegranate, beauty juices or anti-cellulite tomato jam. In just four years of Nutricosmetics, there has been a more than 250 per cent increase in new product launches globally.*
*Source: A Global Strategic Business Report, Global Industry Analysts Inc., 2015
2. Collagen is a major structural component of the skin.
Collagen is a structural protein and consists of short amino acid chains, which are also known as peptides. It is present in human and animal connective tissue, and makes up the largest part of the body’s protein with 25 to 30 per cent.
3. Collagen is responsible for the maintenance and resistance of skin tissue.
Collagen peptides are pure collagen protein. It is very similar to the collagen produced by the body, has broad efficacy and has been proven to promote the body’s own collagen production. This helps the collagen fibre network do its job binding moisture. Skin tissue is strengthened and wrinkles are reduced in number and depth.
4. As we age, collagen becomes more fragmented and skin loses its firmness.
The production of collagen in the connective tissue declines with increasing age. Wrinkles, cellulite, loose skin and dimples are some of the possible results of this process. To achieve smoother skin, it is necessary to stimulate collagen formation and inhibit collagen breakdown.
5. Collagen peptides can improve skin hydration.
Collagen can do the most good in the case of wrinkles and skin blemishes. Regularly taken, it encourages the skin to become soft and supple, because collagen peptides improve the moisture content of the epidermis. Many studies have proven that it decreases the number of micro-relief furrows and can prevent the formation of deep wrinkles.
6. Collagen peptides can stimulate collagen synthesis.
Collagen peptides are pure collagen protein which, according to laboratory studies, is capable of stimulating the synthesis of collagen and proteoglycans. It is therefore an ideal building block for articular cartilage.
7. Collagen peptides help reduce the number and depth of wrinkles.
Collagen peptides enhance skin hydration, which reduces the formation of wrinkles. In the case of existing wrinkles, their depth can be noticeably reduced by taking collagen peptides.
8. Collagen peptides help keep skin smoother, younger and plumper.
The collagen protein is produced by the body itself and makes the skin taut and firm. It binds water and raises the moisture level of the skin to make it appear smooth and soft. However, the amount of collagen in the skin begins to decrease once we reach the age of 24. The remaining collagen is no longer as effective as it was. Collagen peptides - high-grade natural protein - help maintain connective tissue, ensuring taut and firm skin.
9. Collagen peptides can slow down the aging process of the skin.
Studies have shown that a regular intake of collgen peptides can improve the condition and structure of the skin and help prevent premature skin aging. Collgen peptide has been proven to support the body's own collagen production so that the collagen fibre network can do a better job of binding moisture. This results in stronger skin tissue and reduces wrinkle depth.
10. Collagen peptides are easy to add to any kind of food or drink.
Collagen peptides are used to enrich a large number of foods to make the consumer beautiful and healthy from within. When taken orally, the natural protein is absorbed immediately into the bloodstream and transported directly to the body parts that need it, the connective tissue. It is odourless, colourless and easy to integrate in all kind of products, including capsules or ampoules, for a daily dose of beauty.
When considered from the outside in, the skin is made up of three layers: an outer layer, or epidermis, a deep inner layer, or corium, and a bottom layer, or subcutis. The epidermis does not contain any vessels and is primarily composed of epithelial cells. It is shed and renewed every 15 to 30 days. The corium and subcutis are made up of connective tissue and form the fundamental supporting structure of the skin. This is also where collagen can be found. The primarily function of the body’s collagen fibre network is the binding of moisture. The denser the network, the better the skin is supplied with moisture – it remains tight, smooth and shows no wrinkles.
Collagen production decreases over the course of the years. At the same time, the number of collagen-splitting enzymes increases. The outcome: the processes regulating the breakdown of collagen overtake those that synthesise it, the collagen fibre network in the connective tissue is no longer able to store enough moisture, wrinkles form and the skin becomes less tight.
Measures can be taken to prevent dry skin and signs of skin aging: on the one hand, a healthy lifestyle and drinking sufficient amounts of water, on the other hand, taking proper care. To keep the skin smooth and tight, it is important to stimulate collagen formation and inhibit collagen degradation. This is why, next to natural oils and fats, collagen peptide is an important constituent of skin care products with anti-aging effect.
Collagen peptide is a pure collagenous protein. It is very similar to the collagen produced by the body, has broad efficacy and has been proven to promote the body’s own production of collagen. This helps the collagen fibre network be more effective in binding moisture, strengthens the dermal tissue and reduces the number and depth of wrinkles. Furthermore, collagen peptide has a protective effect and reduces the adverse impact of skin-damaging substances on the skin.
Collagen peptide has long been used in anti-aging face creams and skin lotions. The substance is suitable for all skin types, is well tolerated dermatologically and free of toxic substances. Recently, manufacturers have increasingly begun to use collagen peptide in nurturing masks for the immediate restorative care of the sensitive skin of face and neckline.
In another important cosmetic application collagen peptide is combined with detergents, so-called surfactants, to produce shampoos as well as washing and shower creams. Collagen peptide is just as effective in this area because the hair is also composed of protein, and so it strengthens each hair shaft from within. Collagen peptide develops a protective effect and lessens the adverse impact of damaging substances upon skin and hair. At the same time, its film-building properties have a twofold effect during the washing process: the hair is coated with a film and thus thickened. The outcome: additional volume and suppleness.
Collagen peptide not only has a positive effect on skin and hair when it is applied externally. Studies have shown that taking collagen peptide orally on a regular basis can also improve the condition and structure of the skin and help prevent premature aging of the skin [Sumida E et al. 2004, J Nutr Food 7:45-52]. According to the study, oral administration also benefits hair, nails and connective tissue. Collagen peptide is made available in the form of liquid ampoules or capsules in the nutricosmetics sector. It has a positive effect on wrinkle formation and other signs of skin aging: it helps the skin remain soft and supple and improves the hydration level of the epidermis. Many studies have shown that collagen smooths out fine lines and can prevent the development of deeper dynamic wrinkles and furrows. This is not only true for the skin on the face: collagen stimulates the body to rebuild the fibres and tissues that lead to cellulite when they become slack. This improves the complexion from the inside out. Collagen peptide is odourless, neutral in colour and easy to integrate into other products such as capsules or ampoules.