Ten Tips for Your Beauty Sleep

Ten Tips for Your Beauty Sleep

Most of us have suffered a bad night’s sleep at some stage or another and a one-off restless night isn’t too much of a problem, apart from feeling irritable or below par the next day.

However, a good night’s sleep ensures you start the day with a refreshed and radiant glow. Here are ten things that you need to be aware of in order to get that all important beauty sleep.

1. Take time to relax

Around half the UK population suffers from stress-induced sleep problems, so it’s vital you take the time to relax before you go to bed, whether it’s taking a warm bath, reading a book, or listening to soothing music. For some people, writing a to-do list before bed can help free your mind from worrying about all the things you need to do tomorrow.

2. Get into a routine

We all know that having a routine helps babies and children fall asleep at a certain time. This applies to adults as well, because it allows your body to programme itself to naturally fall asleep and wake up at certain times. Try to be rigid about going to bed at a certain time and create your own relaxation routine.

3. Avoid technology

Ban your smart phone, computer and TV from your bedroom, and avoid looking at them for an hour before bed. This kind of device emits a blue light, which suppresses the sleep hormone melatonin.

4. Create a restful environment

Make sure your bed provides the correct support, comfort and space to ensure you wake up and move about less. Ensure that your room is the right temperature – between 16 °C and 18 °C (60°F to 65°F) is optimum. A lack of clutter, along with pale colours and pleasant smells, such as lavender and geranium, can also help create a soothing setting.

5. Don’t clock watch

Worrying about getting enough sleep can itself stop us sleeping. The best way to deal with that is to remind yourself that resting in bed and thinking nice thoughts is more productive than tossing and turning and looking at the clock every ten minutes. If you can’t stop checking your clock, try turning it around or putting it on the other side of the room so it’s not as easy to watch time ticking away.

6. Foods for sleeping

Eating healthily improves sleep generally, but some foods are particularly beneficial, such as milk, chicken, turkey and pumpkin seeds. They contain the chemicals tryptophan and serotonin, which are vital for the production of melatonin, the hormone that promotes sleep.

7. Foods to avoid

Spicy food, alcohol and large meals shouldn’t be consumed in the hours before bedtime. For many, drinking coffee or other caffeinated drinks in the afternoon can affect sleep.

Sugary food in general is bad, because the energy spike and ensuing crash you get can play havoc with your body clock. Also, research has shown that, if you don’t sleep well, you tend to turn to junk food the next day, creating a cycle of poor sleep and bad diet.

8. Darkness promotes sleep

Before clocks, people would wake up when the sun rose and go to sleep when it got dark. Similarly, a darkened room helps to promote sleep and turning the lights down can make you feel sleepy. If you don’t have a dimmer switch, inexpensive lamps with a dimmer are a good option, or you could ask an electrician to quote for the cost of changing your main light switch.

If you’re disturbed by street lights outside your window, or bright sunlight at 5am in summer, you could try heavier curtains, extra lining or investing in blackout blinds.

9. Keep fit and get active

Physical activity is great for sleep, as well as for your health generally. However, some people find that if they do vigorous exercise less than two hours before bedtime, it can make it harder to get to sleep. If you don’t find this a problem, then there’s probably no need to change.
People spend a lot of time and effort exercising and making sure they eat healthily – which is great – but they forget sleeping, which is the third side of the triangle.

10. Focus on sleep quality

We tend to focus on how long we’re asleep, but sleep quality is just as important. We go through five stages of sleep, which we experience in a cycle, around five times a night. During the later stages of the cycle our memories are consolidated, and information is processed, among other things. This means that getting up in the night, for example to go to the loo, can interrupt the cycle and you might not reach the later stages. For this reason, it’s also best to avoid having too many liquids before going to bed.

Enteric capsule – ‘the ingenious difference’

Enteric capsule – ‘the ingenious difference’

What makes Ingenious Beauty’s Ultimate Collagen+ so special? The key is the incredible, bespoke designed enteric capsule. Well, what does that have to with collagen? You may ask.

The pivotal point is knowing what happens to collagen when it is ingested and throughout its digestive journey. Collagen is one of the most important proteins in our bodies. It essentially forms the meshwork that all our cells and tissue are attached to and is extremely important in maintaining skin health and integrity. As we age, we are not able to maintain forming collagen at the same rate and hence we see the signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, less hydrated skin and so on.

If we ingest collagen in any form, be it a steak, tablet, capsule or liquid supplement. The digestive action of the stomach will break down the collagen protein into amino acids. These amino acids will then travel down the digestive tract to the small intestine, where they will be absorbed and enter the blood stream. Beyond the age of 25 years, our bodies find it more difficult to utilise these amino acids to produce collagen. Therefore, taking any collagen supplement that is not somehow protected from the action of the stomach will result in that tablet or liquid being broken down into amino acids that the body just cannot utilise like it used to, in order to make more collagen.

If you can protect the collagen, then there is a chance it will reach the small intestine and be properly absorbed. The small intestine is the body’s site of maximum nutrient absorption, so if you have any protein arriving here, it is much more likely to be absorbed.

Even then, this is not the complete picture. Collagen itself is a huge molecule and cannot be absorbed as is. Ingenious Beauty uses collagen peptides, these are essentially small pieces of the complete collagen molecule that are the right molecular size to be absorbed almost instantly. Now there is a solution to overcoming the action of the stomach on a collagen supplement. The ingenious way, if you will.

By enveloping our highest quality marine collagen peptide in a completely natural (vegetable cellulose), hand-filled, enteric capsule shell, we have developed a way of delivering collagen peptide to the small intestine intact and therefore providing the highest chance of absorption to take place. There is no other collagen supplement or liquid in the World that uses this patented technique.

Our capsule shell is designed to be acid resistant, so it remains intact in the stomach. As it travels down the digestive tract, the pH levels increase, and this triggers a reaction that causes the capsule to break down very quickly and release the collagen peptide payload to the small intestine. A simply ingenious solution to a complex problem.

Once the collagen peptide reaches the blood stream, the body senses these fragments and stimulates cells called chondrocytes to produce more collagen, which leads to the incredible effects seen on your skin, hair and nails.

You can clearly see; the collagen peptide must be able to bypass the stomach and reach the small intestine to give the greatest results. Otherwise, you may as well just eat a nice steak and enjoy a glass of wine.

To Botox or Not to Botox, that is the question!

To Botox or Not to Botox, that is the question!

We have often wondered the price a person would pay to be young forever. Would someone poison themselves to make them look younger? Would health officials allow such a procedure to exist?

The answers to all of the above are:

i. It seems youth has no price and people will pay whatever it takes.

ii. Yes, a person would poison themselves to make them look younger.

iii. Yes, health officials have approved the poisoning of one’s body in the name of beauty.

Surprised? Probably not and most of you will know what we are referring to. Botox or more specifically the botulism toxin has become the world’s most popular cosmetic procedure. Tens of thousands of men and women have Botox injections every three to four months. It is a multi-billion pound industry and you do not need to have any medical qualifications to administer it! What! I hear you cry, inject me with a syringe containing poison and you do not need a medical qualification, this cannot be. Well, in fact, it can and is actually the case; you can attend a course for a few hours and become a trained administrator of a medical grade poison, all in the name of ‘beauty’.

In a world caring more about how one looks as we get older, it seems Botox is becoming part of what seems to be a normal routine. The procedure itself if done correctly and by a qualified medical practitioner can be relatively safe. But you cannot help wondering what the long term effects can be. Botox is produced by the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum, this is a deadly neurotoxin that can cause botulism, a rare and life threatening paralytic illness. In cosmetic procedures it is injected in tiny amounts, but in large doses, this is one of the most powerful poisons known to man.

The official NHS web site states that although botulinum toxin injections are generally safe the risks of treatment include:

  • flu-like symptoms for the first 24 hours after treatment and there may be bruising at the injection site
  • facial features in the treatment area may be weak and droopy after the injections, although this usually improves as the effects of the treatment wear off – for example, your eyelids may droop temporarily if the injections are used to treat the vertical “frown lines” between your eyebrows
  • developing a resistance to the treatment if it’s repeated too frequently
  • in rare cases, serious problems in the hours, days or weeks after treatment – including blurred or double vision (if the area around the eyes is injected) and breathing difficulties (if the neck area is injected)

That is quite a frightening list of potential side effects. The NHS also points out the safe use of the botulism toxin depends on the product being correctly stored and administered by a qualified doctor. One should also seek immediate medical attention if your breathing or vision is affected after having a treatment.

It is quite surprising that these procedures are not regulated in the same way as cosmetic surgery. You can actually buy a DIY Botox kit from the internet. There have been some shocking stories of people being left with disfigured faces and infections from inexperienced applicators injecting the wrong amount or in the wrong muscle, ouch!

Manufacturers state that the side effects associated with their products are uncommon and fleeting. This may not really be the case judging by the reports online. Many women report muscle weakness, nerve damage, headaches, muscle pain, muscle stiffness and many other adverse effects. Sobering reading we must say.

Repeated use over several years can result in weakening and shrinking of muscle that are injected and even adjacent sites. This will have the opposite of the desired effect, i.e. in the pursuit of eternal youth, one may end up looking disfigured and not be able to express themselves using their facial expressions or even move their eyelids. Something we doubt many regular users think about.

Something that has always concerned us about Botox is what does happen to the toxin once it is injected. Does the body remove it? Does it become inactive but remain in the muscle? The truth is we do not really know as yet.

Regular use of Botox can result in a tolerance effect, where a larger dose is required to achieve the same result. If a nerve or muscle is being routinely injected, it may not be able to absorb the entire toxin. So where does the rest of it go? It may enter the blood stream and migrate from the injection site.

There are also studies that show that the toxin may in fact move within the nervous system itself. An Italian animal study found the toxin can attach itself to nerve cells in rodents and migrate to the brain. This opens up the possibility that this could also happen in humans. The scientists who published this study have stated in no uncertain terms, not enough is known about this toxin and how it migrates in the body, more research is needed.

Closer to home, Dr Peter Misra, a leading London neurologist confirms that the long term effects of the botulism toxin on the brain, nervous system and muscles are unknown. It is being used routinely ahead of clear scientific evidence of its long term effects. The use is based on small scale studies that ran for a maximum of two years. The dramatic increase in users means that more and more people are putting themselves at potential risk of adverse effects. There have been no studies to show the long term effects of routinely injecting this poison, even at the low doses used for cosmetic procedures.

Dr Stewart Jessamine, head of Medsafe, has also acknowledged the fact, and we quote, “we don’t actually know if there are long term side effects. This is a relatively new medicine and a potent poison. It’s not been used for prolonged periods”.

So, in the name of beauty and youthfulness, we must ask, what might the long term consequences be for people who repeat these injections every three months for years on end and will carry on for the rest of their lives?

Are there alternatives? Well, yes if one wants to use cosmetic procedures then perhaps dermal fillers are a viable alternative. Although, they will not paralyse muscle movements, the combinations of hyaluronic acid and collagen will plump the skin and fill out lines and wrinkles.

Of course, if one is looking for non-surgical methods to age gracefully and make the most of what you have. A healthy lifestyle with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as plenty of water will always help.

We now also have many more topical and some effective oral supplements that have sound science behind them without the risks involved as there are in invasive cosmetic procedures. Perhaps the last word should go to the lovely Drew Barrymore, who looks quite stunning for her age:

“To all those women putting botulism in their faces – we don’t know what the long term effects are, so stop! I’d rather look like a basset hound than do that to my face!”

Pupinder Ghatora MPharm MRPharmS SCS and David Hyland MSc MBA CEng

Co-founders of Ingenious Beauty

Ten Tips towards Younger Looking Skin

Ten Tips towards Younger Looking Skin

Want to keep your skin looking younger for longer? Then here are ten things that you need to be aware of.

  1. Do not be too much of a sun worshipper.

We all know a little sun always makes us and the rest of the world feel good. It is a clinical fact that a sunnier climate enhances our wellbeing. It is also now a clinical fact that the majority of us are vitamin D deficient. We need our brightest star to help produce vitamin D to keep our bones strong and healthy.

However, becoming a complete sun worshipper can have its disadvantages too. Like most things in life, everything is OK in moderation. Baking by the poolside or on the beach will not do your skin any favours.

Too much sun can lead to:

  • loss of skin elasticity
  • thinner and more translucent looking skin
  • wrinkles
  • dry and rough skin
  • broken capillaries on the face
  • freckles
  • liver spots
  • increased risk of skin cancer

So, if you want to keep your skin and the rest of your body healthy do not spend too much time in direct sun light. Cover up your bare skin, use a good sun cream, and slap up before you step out!

  1. Try and reduce that Carb Kick!

Some of our favourite guilty pleasures will not be doing our skin or for that matter the rest of our body any favours. Foods that are rich in sugars and starches are actually pro-inflammatory; this means they make your body react in the same way it would if you had an infection or injured yourself. This inevitably has a negative impact on your skin and wellbeing, including:

  • accelerating the ageing process
  • increasing the storage of body fat
  • the risk of diabetes
  • the risk of heart disease

and with respect to your skin:

  • loss of skin radiance
  • dark circles around the eyes
  • loss of skin tone
  • increased puffiness leading to loss of facial contours
  • increased pore size
  • increase in fine lines and wrinkles

You would be quite surprised by the amount of cheeky sugars that are lurking in everyday food and drink. Some examples are:

  • Ready-made convenience foods have sugars added by the manufacturers; these could be high fructose corn syrup, sucrose and glucose – all fancy names for sugar.
  • Fizzy or mixed squash drinks.
  • Fruit juices, although they do contribute to your 5 a day, limit the amount to 150ml.
  • Honey, syrups, fruit concentrates and nectars.
  • Cheeky sprinkle on cereal or added to hot drinks.

Be kind to your body and in turn your skin, reduce the simple carbs for a healthier and happier you.

  1. Smoking

Smoking is extremely damaging to your health and your skin. Just one puff of smoke leads to over a trillion free radicals being produced in your lungs. Free radicals are chemicals that cause your cells to mutate and also trigger an inflammatory response in your body. Prolonged inflammatory response is known to cause all types of ailments, including predisposition to heart disease. This inflammatory response occurs all over the body, not just in the lungs. As a result, your skin also suffers:

  • The amount of oxygen available to your skin reduces.
  • The level of vital nutrients including vitamin C, vital for plump, moist and youthful skin are significantly reduced.
  • Tobacco causes our blood vessels to constrict temporarily causing blood pressure to rise. This reduces the amount of blood flowing to the skin. The result is grey, pallid, lifeless and unhealthy looking skin.
  • Smoking will lead to premature ageing of the skin and therefore an increase in fine lines and wrinkles.

Quite obvious really, do not smoke and your skin stays healthier. The good news is, even if you are a smoker if you quit, all of the above can be reduced or reversed. A good anti-oxidant is also very helpful in ‘mopping up’ all those dangerous free radicals.

Be good to yourself and your skin, don’t smoke!

  1. Stress

The major destructive force in all our lives! The pro-inflammatory and pro-ageing force of stress is really quite something. Stress causes hormonal changes in our bodies which have a profound effect on the cells all over, including our skin. The stress hormone is known as cortisol, when large amounts are released into our blood stream for long periods, it is extremely toxic. Excess cortisol can lead to:

  • reduction in brain cells
  • reduced immune systems effectiveness
  • decrease in muscle mass
  • shrinkage in the size of other vital organs

The effect on the skin is profound; it can lead to thinning of the skin, accelerated skin ageing and therefore an increase in fine lines and wrinkles as well as increased visibility of blood vessels under the skin.

As difficult as it may be, one must find inner peace and reach the level of Zen to look after your mind, body and soul. Oh, it is also quite beneficial to your skin!

  1. Too much alcohol

The late night tipple or full on party night may feel like a good idea at the time, but we all know we pay for it the next day, and as we age, probably the next week. There is a common misconception that having plenty of water with your favourite alcoholic drink will counteract the negative effects. It is true that this may help to alleviate the dehydration caused; however, the negative effects of alcohol last longer than the simple dehydration. Alcohol is broken down to aldehydes; these chemicals can lead to cell damage which has a negative effect on your skin. Also, the blood vessels in your skin widen resulting in a flushed appearance and over time rupturing of the capillaries in the skin of the face. Alcohol induced dehydration also causes the skin to be more prone to fine lines, wrinkles and quicker ageing.

Remember that one drink can have effects that last for days and your skin will show it. It is not all bad news though, as with all things we enjoy, moderation is key. Chin, chin!

  1. Lack of sleep

Being a morning person may be one of the hardest things to achieve! A good night’s sleep ensures you start the day with a refreshed and radiant glow. Puffy eye syndrome and dull skin can all be attributed to a lack of ‘good sleep’. There is more science behind this than meets the eye. Sleep actually reduces the negative effects of cortisol and our adrenal hormones (used in the fight or flight reflex), all of which are increased during stress. During sleep, the hormone melatonin is actually released; this has a significant positive impact on our immune system and our skin. It is during our restful state that we build up our energy reserves and repair and rejuvenate our cells. Studies have shown inadequate sleep can lead to weight gain and a craving for fatty and carb loaded foods. A vicious cycle ensues. So the key to a more youthful, radiant and healthier you, plenty of exercise and then plenty of z’s.

  1. Lack of Exercise

The science that shows the health benefits of exercise is both plentiful and enlightening. A correct exercise regime will melt away the pounds, lower blood pressure, increase the happy endorphins circulating in your body, reduce the risk of certain cancers and also make your skin more beautiful. Studies show that exercise can have the same benefits on your skin as it does on your bone and muscle, all of which contain abundant amounts of collagen. If you look at the skin of a ‘gym junkie’ compared to a ‘couch potato’, the difference is quite dramatic. The greater the fitness level, the healthier the skin. There is a greater abundance and higher quality of collagen fibres in ‘fit skin’ than in unhealthy skin. Collagen fibres are what give our skin its strength, integrity and flexibility, so the more collagen present in the skin, the healthier and more youthful it will be. As with everything, moderation is also key in exercise, as long as we do not overdo it, an active lifestyle will have a profound, positive effect on your mind, wellbeing and skin.

  1. Not eating enough protein.

Protein is essential for cell repair. Our skin cells are constantly shedding and therefore we need enough raw materials to ensure we can rebuild and maintain the integrity of our skin. A lack of protein, either meat or plant derived is first notable on the face. Our features become softer, we lose the contoured cheekbones and jaw line blur into one soft shape. Our bodies are not designed to store protein, if we do not eat enough of this food group, the body will start to look at alternative sources. These being tissue and muscle, this inevitably leads to a reduction in collagen in the skin and other tissue and can cause the skin to age far quicker than it should. For great skin, eat a healthy balanced diet, maybe consisting of the odd big steak or bowl of humus to keep our building blocks in plentiful supply.

  1. Going Fat Free

Fat on the whole gets a bad press. True, there are many fats that are not good for us, but there are also plenty that we need and can give great health benefits. The ‘super-fats’, especially omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats have amazingly powerful anti-inflammatory effects and also improve the skin’s moisture, texture, suppleness and smoothness. Our good fats are found in many delicious ingredients: salmon, sardines, extra virgin olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocados and acai berries to name a few. The fats in these foods help us absorb nutrients from our vegetables and fruits. This results in our minds being sharp, our mood upbeat and our skin glowing and wrinkle free.

  1. Not Drinking Enough H2O

Water should be our favourite drink! Without water our organs and cells will not function, if we do not drink enough, we cannot metabolize fat nor can we flush the waste products from our cells. Again, one should not overdo the intake of water, about two litres per day is perfect. A dehydrated body provokes the development of ageing and also causes the production of inflammatory chemicals. Drink enough water to keep your body in tip top shape and your skin will show it by being more radiant, soft and supple. Remember the difference between a crinkly prune and plump plum is water!

Pupinder Ghatora MPharm MRPharmS SCS and David Hyland MSc MBA CEng

Co-founders of Ingenious Beauty

February 2016

The Amazing History of Collagen

The Amazing History of Collagen

In search of lost youth

When holding a bottle of biologically active collagen peptide in our hands we hardly ever consider how many years, how much effort, research and experimentation it took to obtain it.

Few realise that the delicate preparation in the capsules is practically the very same substance we are built of, the substance we begin to lose faster and faster as we get older.

Collagen makes up 25% of the dry mass of our body and 75% of the dry mass of our connective tissue. It would probably win the contest for the most important protein in our body. It is a live frame underpinning the tissues of our various bodily organs. Moreover, it has to be intelligent, able to conform to the demands of different organs as diverse as skin, bones, ligaments, kidneys, blood vessels, heart, eyes, or liver. Its structure is even more sophisticated than a DNA particle, containing our genetic code.

Our body synthesises collagen continuously. Every year approximately 3 kg of our collagen undergoes degradation while another 3 kg is created. It is synthesised from 20 different amino acids into huge chains made up of 1,000 amino acids each. It creates gigantic triple helixes: complicated spiral conformations each made of three polypeptide chains, whose sophisticated structure resembles a Bach fugue.

There will come a time, however, when we run short of collagen. The process of its renewal can be disturbed due to disease, stress, UV rays, contact with synthetic chemical substances or other harmful factors; or when its synthesis starts to slow, which happens as we grow older. After the age of 25, we start to lose collagen from our bodies at a rate of 1.5% per year, so by the age of 45, up to 30% of our body’s collagen will have been lost.

Considering the importance of collagen in our body, it is no wonder that science has long been working on methods of obtaining this protein which would make it effectively applicable in medicine and cosmetic science.

Chase after collagen

For centuries, scientists and beauty therapists have fought to improve the appearance of the visible effects of ageing upon the human complexion; searching for ways to reduce facial lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, enhance hair thickness and gloss, and strengthen brittle fingernails to create a more youthful look.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ejiao (made from Donkey-hide Gelatine) has been used since ancient times. Many stories have been told about famous people taking Ejiao.

  • Cao Zhi (192-232), the great writer, was unnaturally thin. But he was so invigorated by taking Ejiao that he called it an elixir.
  • Yang Yuhuan was one of the four great beauties of ancient China. She lived at the time of the Tang Dynasty?618-907?and was said to have had the fairest skin of any woman. The poet Xiao Xingzao showed that every day Yang ate Ejiao soup which was made from Ejiao, rice wine, walnuts, black sesame and crystal sugar.
  • The Song Dynasty(960-1279) philosopher Zhu Xi once wrote to his mother, advising her to take Ejiao frequently in order to extend her life.
  • Li Hongzhang, a minister at the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) court, travelled to Britain in 1896. He was 74 years old at the time, and throughout the long journey he took medicines he had brought from the imperial http://onhealthy.net/product-category/general-health/ palace, including Ejiao, and returned to China in good health.

In pursuit of collagen

In the modern era, cosmetic scientists all over the world use “collagen” – though it is usually obtained from cows (bovine) – and have been using it for many decades. However, does bovine-extracted collagen really resemble the bioactive triple helixed collagen (tropocollagen) which makes up the organs of living vertebrates?

Scientific efforts to obtain biologically active collagen peptide were pioneered in the 1960s by Paul Börnstein, who developed an extraction-based method of obtaining collagen. After many years, however, this outstanding collagen researcher admitted that what he had obtained was not in fact biologically active collagen, but only partial and incomplete fragments of its triple helix, a lacklustre result stemming from irrecoverable degradation in his extraction process.

In spite of this, later attempts at obtaining collagen were still based on an extraction methodology. Yet these processes turned out to be too aggressive to collagen, and damaged the delicate bonds of the triple helix. The result of those methods was yet more examples of collagen particle degradation.

In a figurative sense, bone glue, fried fish or gelatine are, and can be called, “collagen”, even though they are in fact a result of collagen degeneration. The difference between the above and biologically active collagen is that they are not “intact”. During the process of their production the enormous sophisticated collagen triple helix disintegrates once and for all, unable to regain its previous properties. After all, no one puts grilled salmon on their face in the hope of getting rid of wrinkles.

While degenerated “collagen” may turn out to be helpful in some cosmetic applications; it can by no means compete with “intact” biologically active collagen and its role in the human body and skin.

Born on the sea: marine collagen peptide

The beginnings of the breakthrough in collagen research go back to the 1980s. Scientists from Gdansk (Maria Sadowska, Ilona Ko?odziejska, Eugeniusz Krajewski) carried out trailblazing experiments in the field of marine peptide biochemistry. In 1985, chemists from the Gdansk Polytechnic (Mieczys?aw Skrodzki, Antoni Michniewicz, and Henryk Kujawa), extracted collagen from fish skin. Their research continued, their methods were being improved.

What the scientists discovered, and refined, was the method of hydrolysation. Hydrolysation preserves the delicate bonds of the collagen helix and thus makes it possible to obtain tropocollagen – intact collagen – identical with collagen synthesised in the organisms of vertebrates, and most crucially, the collagen peptide produced is biologically active and akin to the collagen synthesised in your body. Moreover, collagen obtained from fish is safer than collagen obtained from mammals; it also has a better chemical and physical durability.

Bioactive Collagen – such as inside us

Thanks to all these efforts by the Polish scientists, methods of collagen production were devised which managed to preserve its unique spatial conformation – the triple helix made up of amino acid chains. This is why nowadays collagen advancements, and the resulting benefits of supplementation, achieve what was previously impossible given substandard collagen peptide extraction (and which cosmetic science has been using to date).

Namely, hydrolysed collagen can replenish collagen deficits in the organs of the human body including collagen deficits in the dermis – improving and reducing wrinkle formation and appearance. The results, making us look younger and improving our internal wellbeing, are truly ingenious.

Sign up to our Newsletter and stay up to date with latest offers, promotions and news.