What is collagen?
Did you know leather is a form of collagen?
The word collagen comes from the Greek word kolla meaning “glue”. Collagens are generally extracellular structural proteins involved in formation of connective tissue structure.
Collagen has glue like properties and is a type of connective tissue that holds other structures together. Collagen is the key structural protein that ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of all our connective tissues, including skin, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones.
In skin, collagen is part of the matrix that keeps it firm and plump and most people know that when skin loses collagen we develop wrinkles.
Most of the collagen comes from animal sources such as cows, pigs, and fish or bovine, porcine and marine sources. It is produced from animal cartilages, bones, tissues, ligaments etc. The process of collagen production from animal sources is akin to making a sausage and none of us want to it to unfold in front of our eyes.
Clean collagen or Non-animal derived collagen or lab developed collagen
The collagen that is used in our products is from non-animal sources. Or clean collagen that is free of contaminants and viruses. It is developed using publicly available protein sequences of living and extinct beings. The information is available at https://www.uniprot.org which seeks to provide the scientific community with a comprehensive, high-quality and freely accessible resource of protein sequence and functional information. Uniprot is the collection of universal protein knowledge base.
Using the publicly available protein sequence, biotechnology has made it possible to reverse engineer the collagen. Developing and using collagen from non-animal sources ensures consistency and predictability and features:
- 100% animal free. Or vegan
- Pollution free - no effect of microplastics consumed by fish in the ocean
- Antibiotics free - no effect of antibiotics injected to farm animals
- Disease free
- Contaminant free
- Pure and completely defined protein ingredient, unlike animal-derived collagens
- Clear, colorless and odorless
- Neutral pH
- Film forming
- Skin conditioning agent
- Sunscreen agent
- Boosts collagen production in fibroblasts
- Promotes recovery of keratinocytes following UVB exposure
- reducing molecular markers of inflammatory and UV damage
- Protects keratinocytes from urban dust exposure
Amino Acids composition:
The collagen contains high concentration of Glycine and Proline, followed by Arginine and Aspartic Acid. A full listing of amino acids can be found here.