Structure of the skin
The structure of the skin and connective tissue throughout the body is comprised mainly of proteins such as collagen and elastin. It gives the skin its strength, support and elasticity allowing for its contractile properties. The skin is the largest organ of the body and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. It’s also the last to receive nutrients as vital organs will always take precedence.
The skin is also the most important part of the body because of its exposure to the environment and is the first line of defence from external factors. Its functions include protecting the body against pathogens and excessive water loss, providing insulation, regulating temperature, excretion and secretion, sensation, and the production of vitamin D. The structure of the skin weakens due to oxidative stress of the cells, by excessive unprotected sun exposure and ultimately because of a diminishing supply of collagen in the subcutaneous layer of the dermis of the skin.
The mechanical properties of the skin, such as elasticity, suppleness and strength are supported by an underlying network of cells containing collagen fibres and elastin tissue permeated with hyaluronic acid, a sponge like jell. This scaffolding of cells can become damaged and flattened by degradation giving rise to the loss of the skins’ contractile properties. The skin becomes thinner in thickness and looser, resulting in wrinkling, fine and deep wrinkling, static wrinkling and furrowing of the skin and skin roughness. The skin also sags, droops and suffers volume loss. The loss of skin structure and volume prevents the skin from being able to contract back to its initial position following expression.
The compounds in MedColl will provide the body with the pre-cursors required for the formation of new collagen, help replenish hyaluronan levels in the cells throughout the body whilst the high anti-oxidant load protect the collagen fibres from being broken down and degrading due to oxidative stress by free radicals.
The cells in the body are also at risk of oxidative damage by free radicals which cause damage to all the components of the cell, such as the protein element (collagen), the lipid element and the DNA element. Damage to proteins (collagen) causes denaturation and degradation, thus resulting further in the breakdown of collagen fibres. One effect of free radical damage is to cause breaks in the skin cells’ DNA, and many of the signs of ageing skin is the result: less elasticity, and more wrinkles and age spots.
Promoting Skin Health
MedColl Collagen Supplements promote skin health by encouraging your body to produce the collagen it needs to stay healthier, plumper and more radiant.