Skin is the largest organ in the human body and it has several important roles. Skin offers a physical and chemical barrier from outer factors as well as the sense of touch.
Young skin is firm, smooth and shiny but with time major changes occur in the skin’s structure under the influence of inner and outer factors which cause the aging of the skin.
In order for the skin to function normally and look youthful, the structure of the dermal layer has to be maintained. The reasons why are: the dermis gives the epidermis structural support, it contains blood vessels and supplies the skin with nutrients important for its function. However, natural aging can influence the structural integrity of the dermis, and parts of the skin exposed to the sun are additionally subjected to photoaging.
The density of collagen in the dermis reduces with age and is connected with the reduction of the thickness of the dermis.
The collagen fiber network in the dermis becomes more fragmented and shorter and less organized fibers are starting to appear as well as gatherings of degraded fragments of collagen. At the same time, new collagen network creation is slower which results in an inadequate replacement of degraded fragments. Elastic fibers also lose their integrity with time. This loss of skin firmness and elasticity causes wrinkles to appear and skin to lose its tenseness.
The amount of hyaluronic acid in the epidermis and dermis also decreases within years. This is reflected in the capability to retain skin moisture, leading to dry skin often seen in older people.
Natural, chronological and photo effects, the impact of the environmental factors like pollution and overexposure to the sun and individual factors such as smoking or consuming alcohol can also affect the production of collagen in the body.
After the age of thirty, the production of collagen in the body decreases, on average 1% per year. In women, hormonal changes in their mature age contribute to a rapid reduction of renewal of collagen.
The main role of collagen is maintaining the structure and resilience of skin. Collagen fibers create a network that strengthens skin layers and make a support base for components such as elastin which gives our skin elasticity and hyaluronic acid which maintains skin hydration.
As we age, the number and the activity of cells that produce collagen (fibroblasts) decrease. As the fibroblasts become less active, the collagen matrix which ensures the structure and the firmness of the skin starts to fall apart. This is why the skin becomes thinner and dehydrated, and why wrinkles and fine lines appear.
Smooth, firm and young looking skin requires an optimal level of well-organized collagen fibers which will ensure that the skin keeps its elasticity, firmness, and capability to retain moisture. Research has shown that the exogenous collagen can induce the synthesis of new collagen fibers by stimulating fibroblasts.
Peptan® hydrolyzed collagen in Mikeda® Active Collagen 5000 is 100% natural and is produced by a carefully controlled enzymatic hydrolysis of native collagen producing much smaller and easily digestible collagen peptides (molecular weight of 2 kDa). Collagen peptides are a mixture of specific peptides of various length with a high amount of the amino acids hydroxyproline, glycine and proline. Hydroxyproline is an amino acid unique to collagen.
To be active in the deeper layers of the skin, hydrolyzed collagen has to cross the intestinal barrier and reach the bloodstream.
More than 90% of hydrolyzed collagen is degraded within the digestive system into tripeptides and dipeptides which are resistant to further degradation and free amino acids. These peptides are absorbed through the intestinal mucosa by the PEPT-1 transporter. Hydroxyproline containing di- and tripeptides appear in the blood within an hour of intake. Research has shown that the absorbed peptides reach the skin and stay there for up to two weeks. This proves that the collagen peptides are capable of getting into the dermis – the place of action.
Collagen peptides with specific amino acids characteristic for collagen give a signal of degradation of endogenous collagen in the body. Those peptides act as messengers and induce synthesis and reorganization of new collagen fibers by stimulating fibroblasts. Collagen peptides also stimulate the expression of elastin and glycosaminoglycans such as hyaluronic acid. Studies have shown that collagen peptides can increase the density of fibroblasts and the thickness of collagen fibrils in the dermis.
Mikeda® Active Collagen 5000 increases the amount of collagen in the skin by affecting the balance of creating and degrading of collagen in the skin. Hydrolyzed collagen in Mikeda® Active Collagen 5000 types I collagen, the same collagen as that found in the dermis of the skin.
Research has shown that hydrolyzed collagen contributes to firm and young skin from within, maintaining a firm and dense collagen network that is the key to wrinkle prevention. Hydrolyzed collagen also has an impact on skin hydration. Optimally hydrated skin is smooth, healthy and less susceptible to the formation of fine lines.
While traditional skin care products that are applied locally to the skin affect the epidermis, they usually don’t reach the dermis, regardless of their price or quality. However, the dermis is the skin layer that is vascularized and that brings oxygen and vital nutrients to the skin.
This is why the oral intake of collagen is significantly more effective in improving skin quality which is visible after a few weeks of regular use.
The liquid form is more concentrated than tablets or capsules and it ensures quick and full absorption as well as better efficiency.
Drink your daily dose of Mikeda® active collagen with vitamins and minerals, for the youthful and beautiful skin as well as for shiny hair and healthy nails.
monodose = 25 ml
one per day
7x active ingredients
30 min - fast absorption