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Drink yourself beautiful

Resident beauty blogger Laura Ward recently visited the Professional Beauty conference to learn about the latest trend in beauty products that you can eat and drink.

“You are what you eat, or so we’re told but I’m not sure that I buy the idea that a simple diet of good foods can make you beautiful,” says Laura.

“Beauty brands are increasingly launching supplements and other things that we can consume that can build beauty from the inside out. And at the recent Professional Beauty Show at London’s Excel centre, there was a lot to devour.

Help your skin heal with collagen

Can collagen help treat acne?

Acne is a common skin condition which causes spots, a rash and eventually can leave a scar.

Collagen has many functions from reducing wrinkles to strengthening ligaments but did you know it can help treat acne?

proto-col miracle balm

miracle balm

Introducing proto-col miracle balm, the latest addition to our naturally advanced skincare range, miracle balm is an intensely rich, multi-purpose balm with collagen.

A pioneering formulation with natural healing properties to help rejuvenate dry or damaged skin

What is Collagen? part 2

proto-col collagen capsules

COLLAGEN SYNTHESIS AND ASSEMBLY

Collagen synthesis and assembly follows the normal pathway for a secreted protein.  The activation of fibroblasts in the connective tissues results in an increase in the production of collagen.  The mechanism of collagen formation is well known.

The genetic information encoded in the DNA is “read” (transcription process in the nucleus), the mature mRNA is then transported to the cytoplasm and “translated” (translation process) to produce the single polypeptide chains (α-chains) at the rough endoplasmatic reticulum (ER).  Each α-chain has a terminal peptide sequence, also known as trimerization domain, which drives the assembly of the longer precursors, which are termed procollagens.

Ribosome-bound mRNA is translated into growing preprocollagen molecules that are assembled inside the fibroblasts, into the lumen of the ER.

What is Collagen?

Collagen in the skin

THE COLLAGEN MOLECULE

Collagen is the main structural protein of the different connective tissues present in animals.  It is mostly found in fibrous tissues, such as tendons and ligaments, and is also abundant in corneas, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, the gut, and intervertebral discs.

Collagen is the major insoluble fibrous protein found in the extracellular matrix of the skin, together with elastin and hyaluronic acid.  The collagen family consists of 28 different proteins which account for 25% – 35% of the total protein mass in mammals and play a pivotal role in the structure of several tissues, such as skin and bones, providing rigidity and integrity.