Collagen life cycle: how does your body process it?
Collagen is an essential protein for maintaining healthy skin and is produced daily by your body’s cells.
However, this production is not constant over time: it slows down with age.
Slowing down from the age of 20, your body’s synthesis of collagen undergoes a progressive alteration that leads to increasingly visible changes over the years.
This is one of the reasons why fine lines and wrinkles eventually appear on your face, neck and the rest of your body’s surface.
But how does this process take place? What stages does collagen go through to be born and then die? Is it possible to accompany the decline in its production to help you maintain optimal skin health?
The MyPUREskin team takes you on a journey to discover the life cycle of this amazing molecule.
Collagen keeps your skin firm because it is part of the extracellular matrix.
The extracellular matrix (ECM) is the medium in which your cells are immersed and is built on a variety of molecules, of which an essential trio guarantees the most obvious physical properties of your skin. These are :
- Hyaluronic acid;
Although each of these molecules individually covers a set of key functions, it is only by working in synergy that they allow your skin to maintain its natural barrier functions.
How is collagen produced?
But to understand how collagen interacts with hyaluronic acid and elastin, we must first look at how it is produced.
Collagen is a structural macromolecule. In other words, it is a large protein that serves as the basis for the creation of larger structures (such as muscles, bones, tendons and skin).
Moreover, to be able to give shape to the diversity of organs that your body contains, collagen must be flexible. This flexibility is found in the variety of types, quantities and sequencing of the amino acids that constitute it.
In this respect, it is important to distinguish the different types of collagen.
Collagen: different types for different needs
28: that’s the number of different types of collagen that are present in your body to allow your body to remain healthy despite the mechanical impact of falls, exposure to UV rays and aggression from pathogens.
The production of each of these types of collagen progressively decreases with time and some are more solicited than others to maintain your comfort of life.
In this case, it is collagen types I, II, III, IV, V and X that are the most concerned by the ageing process since :
- Type I collagen, the most abundant in your body, is found in the constitution of your dermis but also in that of your digestive system, your bones or your tendons;
- Type II collagen is directly involved in the construction of your connective tissues and cartilage;
- Type III collagen is essential to the constitution of the wall of your blood vessels, and combines with type I collagen to compose your extracellular matrix;
- Type IV collagen is used by your body to build your muscles, your nerves and the surface of your lungs;
- Type V collagen is used to create, with the keratin your body produces, the “skeleton” of each of your hairs;
- Type X collagen is particularly important for the healing process of your skin, but also for the ossification mechanisms (during the growth of individuals or after a fracture).
The slowing down of the synthesis of these types of collagen by your body has increasingly visible consequences over time.
Wrinkles and fine lines, stiffening of the body, joint pain and weakening of your bones are indeed phenomena that can be explained in part by the lack of collagen.
Birth of collagen
It is in the heart of the fibroblasts, specialised cells, that collagen is formed and then released into the ECM.
To do this, your cells need amino acids, the basic units of any protein.
This is why your diet must cover the consumption of proteins whose composition in quality and quantity meets the “construction plan” of your collagen.
In the choice offered to you, consuming collagen makes sense since it guarantees that your cells will have the units required for the synthesis of your collagen.
Use and degradation of collagen
By migrating from one place to another, collagen “sails” to where it is to be used, but it is above all in the ECM that it will be fixed for the most part in order to ensure its firmness to your skin.
Capable of remaining in place for up to 2 months, collagen gradually degrades, under the effect of the biochemical reactions occurring daily in your body but also because your skin is solicited with each movement.
The scientific community estimates that from the age of 25, the collagen content of your ECM decreases at an average rate of 1 to 1.5% per year.
Based on this observation, it becomes essential as you age to find strategies to limit this depletion.
MyCollagenLift: professional ethics and unique know-how
Aware of the difficulties your skin experiences in maintaining its properties over time, the MyPUREskin team is constantly mobilising its resources to provide you with a state-of-the-art ageing solution.
In perfect harmony with its values, our brand has chosen to compose an exclusive formula based on a list of ingredients whose 100% natural origin echoes the vision of healthy skin over the long term. To understand this, it is enough to note that MyCollagenLift is :
- Collagen peptides whose bioavailability is significantly higher than that of hydrolysed collagen;
- Hyaluronic acid, to help your skin maintain a normal level of hydration over the long term thanks to its capacity to carry nearly 1000 times its mass in water;
- Wheat ceramides (gluten free) to help protect your body from insensible water loss;
Organic silicon, an antioxidant and skin restorer;
Vitamin C, extracted from acerola, which helps neutralise mismatched electrons;
Vitamin E, which plays a similar role;
OPC from grapes, polyphenols that also help your cells to protect themselves from the harmful effects of free electrons;
Zinc, a trace element that also contributes to this effort.
Do you want to firm up your skin? Need to stimulate your collagen production? Why not start a course of MyCollagenLift today to support your body in its daily efforts?
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