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    What is Collagen?

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    Written by the Smart Solutions Education Team

    The health and beauty of your skin directly reflects your inward health. Smart Solutions for skin addresses both age-related nutrient decline and underlying inflammatory issues; supplying vital nutrients that can restore your natural beauty. It’s important to realize that what you put in your body can help improve your skin health, not just want you put on it.

    What is Collagen?

    A fibrous protein that makes up one third of the protein in your body, collagen provides structure, strength and elasticity to skin. Collagen is created with triple strands of amino acid chains, each of which is made up of three amino acids: glycine, proline and one other. Collagen gets its strength from powerful enzymatic cross-links, but these links are impacted by tissue turnover rates. As we age, the rate of collagen breakdown surpasses collagen production, which leads to an overall decrease in collagen levels in the dermis. Skin becomes thinner. At the same time, collagen becomes disorganised and loses elasticity.1 Fortunately, we can boost the benefits of collagen by adding it to the menu.

    How Hydrolyzed Collagen Helps

    Hydrolyzed collagen is broken down to its smallest form to boost absorbability. Studies have shown that supplementing with hydrolyzed collagen enhances collagen and elastin and helps to reduce skin moisture loss. Using Active Collagen+, sourced from wild fish, can improve the appearance of wrinkles in as little as 28 days. Glow on!


     1 Helfrich, Y., Sachs, D., & Voorhees, J. (2008). Overview of skin aging and photoaging Dermatology Nursing, 20(3), 177–183.

    2 Asserin, J., Lati, E., Shioya, T., & Prawitt, J. (2015). The effect of oral collagen peptide supplementation on skin moisture and the dermal collagen network: evidence from an ex vivo model and randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 14(4), 291–301.