Norwegian-developed supplement

For Hair, Skin and Nails

The collagen peptides in Marine Matrix® are produced using a special biotechnological process where natural, long-chain collagen is enzymatically hydrolysed into predefined short peptide chains having specific amino acid sequence. These specific collagen peptides are absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream to reach the cells of the deeper layers of the skin. Once absorbed the specific collagen peptides have been shown to improve skin elasticity*, which firms up the skin, and to reducing wrinkle volume**.

The fundamental key to these documented effects lie in the specific collagen peptides that are produced using special biotechnological methods. It is important to realise that unrefined and non-specific collagen products that may be available on the market do not have the same nutritional properties or documented effects on skin appearance.

Firms up the skin
30%

Improves skin elasticity by up to 30% after 4 weeks*

Reduces wrinkles
50%

Reduces wrinkle volume up to 50% after 8 weeks**

Maintains collagen balance
65%

Increases skin pro collagen levels by up to 65% after 8 weeks**

The elasticity of the skin is vital because its flexibility enables the skin to resist physical tension, thus protecting the body from injury and trauma as well as maintaining a smooth and firm skin appearance. The skin’s elasticity is dependent on collagen fibre levels in the dermis. Consequently, a breakdown of collagen fibres leads to a decrease in skin elasticity. There are many reasons why skin elasticity is so important, including fighting the prominence of wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite as well as supporting normal wound healing and reducing scarring. Although external stress factors, such as UV radiation from sun exposure and dietary imbalances cause the skin’s elasticity to decrease, it is also affected by internal factors that are part of the natural ageing process, particularly in post-menopausal women.

Recent clinical studies have shown that the intake of specific collagen peptides may improve skin elasticity by up to 30% after just 4 weeks*.

*Proksch E, et al. Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2014; 27:47-55.

Cellulite forms when elasticity and dermal collagen content decrease at the same time as the fat tissue in the subcutis increases and hardens. As a result the fat tissue becomes ‘visible’ just beneath the surface of the skin and appears as what is commonly called ‘orange peel skin’.

Maintaining an optimal collagen balance to secure a firm and elastic skin can therefore help to reduce the prominence of cellulite.

Stretch marks are caused when the dermal collagen structure is torn as a result of the skin not being elastic enough to resist the physical stresses caused during pregnancy or as a result of rapid growth or weight gain. Even after the stretch marks have developed, their appearance is affected by the skin’s collagen balance and elasticity.

Therefore, maintaining the skin as firm and elastic as possible may reduce the prominence and visual appearance of stretch marks.

Hair and nails are appendices of the body’s skin system (integumentary system), and are considered to be part of the skin. So healthy and vibrant skin is also important for the appearance, normal growth and functionality of hair and nails. Just like the skin itself, hair and nails require essential nutrients to be supplied from within the body.

Hair grows an average of 1-1.5 cm a month. Hair growth begins in the dermal papillae, tiny bulbs at the base of hair follicles, located in the dermis. The fibroblasts of the dermal papillae send signals causing the upper cell layers of the hair root to grow, pushing the hair shaft upwards.

Nails grow an average of 3 mm a month. Nail growth begins in the nail matrix, at the base of the nail root. The fibroblasts of the nail matrix send signals causing the upper cell layers to grow, pushing the nail plate outwards.

Among other constituents, Marine Matrix® contains essential minerals, including zinc and selenium that contribute to maintenance of normal hair and nail growth. In addition, Marine Matrix® contains copper, that contributes to normal hair pigmentation.

Wrinkles form when the structure of dermal collagen breaks down and it is no longer able to support the skin’s surface as it does in young, elastic skin. Despite being part of the biological ageing process, wrinkling is in large part caused by external stress factors, such as UV radiation from sun exposure, pollution, cigarette smoke and dietary imbalances, all of which can have adverse effects on the skin’s collagen balance and elasticity.

The formation of wrinkles in facial skin is usually the principal sign of ageing, although loose skin on the neck, chest and on the back of our hands is a result of decreasing skin elasticity.

Recent clinical studies have shown that the intake of specific collagen peptides reduce wrinkle volume by up to 50% after just 8 weeks**.

**Proksch E, et al. Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2014; 27:113–119.

Collagen is a family of large structural proteins and it is the most abundant protein in the human body. The body produces as many as 28 different types of collagen. Type I collagen is the type mainly produced in the skin. A young and healthy skin consists of as much as 80% collagen.

Collagen fibres are formed by special production cells, which are called fibroblasts. Fibroblast produce procollagen, which in turn is biochemically modified and entwined together in coils to form strong and flexible collagen fibres. Collagen fibres form the largest part of dermal connective tissue, creating a solid framework that supports the skin’s surface and keeps it smooth and supple. Collagen fibres also have a high water-binding capacity, which helps to provide fullness and smoothness to the skin. At the same time, collagen fibres ensure that the skin remains firm and elastic.

In order to exert these very specific and important physiological properties, collagen proteins have a structure quite different from other proteins. Compared to other proteins, collagen contains particularly high levels of the amino acids glycine, proline and hydroxyproline.

The fibroblasts in young and healthy skin continuously produce new procollagen in order to offset the breakdown of collagen fibres, thus maintaining the skin collagen balance.

Our bodies’ collagen production begins to decrease from about the age of twenty-five and continues to decline throughout the rest of our lives. This process causes shifts in the collagen balance with more collagen being broken down than the body can replace naturally. Lifestyle factors, including UV radiation, smoking, pollution and an imbalanced diet, may alter the body’s collagen balance, leading to the appearance of signs of ageing, such as reduced elasticity, increased wrinkling and dry skin.

Loss of elasticity of facial skin in the form of wrinkles is the most common sign of ageing, but loose skin on the neck, chest and the back of our hands is also a result of declining skin elasticity. Reduced elasticity may also result in stretch marks and cellulite, making these look more prominent and visible. Moisturisers and lotions can fight the signs of ageing on the skin’s surface, but only for short periods of time. The ageing process usually affects the deeper layers of the skin.

The active ingredients of Marine Matrix® are absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream to reach the cells of the deeper layers of the skin where they effectively rejuvenates the skin from within.

The understanding of how we best look after our skin is constantly expanding. Scientific documentation from recent clinical studies has greatly elevated our knowledge of how we can most effectively protect the appearance of our skin by adopting a sensible diet and nutrition.

Several clinical studies have confirmed the positive effects of specific collagen peptides on skin elasticity and structure. These studies have shown that collagen peptides only reach the cells in the deeper layers of the skin when they constitute short-chain structure and specific chemical composition to ensure effective action.

The collagen peptides in Marine Matrix® are produced using a special biotechnological process where natural, long-chain collagen is enzymatically hydrolysed into predefined short peptide chains having specific amino acid sequence. These specific collagen peptides are absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream to reach the cells of the deeper layers of the skin. Once absorbed the specific collagen peptides have been shown to improve skin elasticity*, which firms up the skin, and to reducing wrinkle volume**.

The fundamental key to these documented effects lie in the specific collagen peptides that are produced using special biotechnological methods. It is important to realise that unrefined and non-specific collagen products that may be available on the market do not have the same nutritional properties or documented effects on skin appearance.

In addition, Marine Matrix® contains essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, copper and zinc, which all have proven effects on maintaining a healthy and vibrant skin.

*Proksch E, et al. Oral supplementation of specific collagen peptides has beneficial effects on human skin physiology: A double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2014; 27:47-55.

*Proksch E, et al. Oral supplementation of specific collagen peptides has beneficial effects on human skin physiology: A double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2014; 27:47-55.
**Proksch E, et al. Oral intake of specific bioactive collagen peptides reduces skin wrinkles and increases dermal matrix synthesis. Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2014; 27:113–119.