The Foundation: Collagen, Elastin and Hyaluronic Acid

Normal, healthy skin has a smooth surface, is plump and moist, and has an even, unblemished color and tone.

So why does our skin change when we age?

To answer this question we need to go beneath the surface, below the epidermis (the outer layer of your skin) into the derma — what dermatologists refer to as the “extracellular matrix”. This is where the real action happens.


Wrinkles start beneath the skin



There are three components of healthy skin, And when we're young they are all abundant. These three make up your extracellular matrix to provide the foundation for healthy, smooth, and vibrant skin:

COLLAGEN

which provides skin firmness and smoothness (70% of your skin is collagen)

ELASTIN

which supplies skin elasticity and rebound

HYALURONIC ACID

which keeps the skin hydrated and moist (50% of your body's concentration of HA is in the skin)

A decline in your body’s production of these three is what causes dry, dull, wrinkled, and sagging skin.

But what you need to know is that both internal and external factors damage the collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in your skin to cause accelerated skin aging, with undesirable visible signs of aged skin that include:

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FINE LINES AND WRINKLES / SAGGING SKIN

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DRY SKIN / COARSE AND ROUGH SKIN

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LOSS OF ELASTICITY AND PLUMPNESS

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THIN SKIN / ITCHY SKIN

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UNEVEN TONE / BROWN SPOTS / CREPEY SKIN

* Skin that is thin and looks finely wrinkled, like crepe paper. This skin is thin and fragile, and sags and feels loose. It is common under the eyes, on the neck and the upper inner arms.

Why Does Skin Wrinkle as we Age?

Intrinsic aging is the natural aging process that takes place over the years, regardless of external influences. Starting at age 20, we produce 1 - 1.5% less skin collagen on average each year, and the loss only accelerates from there. As a result, our skin becomes thinner and more fragile. There’s also a similar decline in your skin’s production of elastin and hyaluronic acid.

Without supplementation we produce, on average, 25% less collagen by age 40 than we did in our youth, and by age 60, our bodies are producing a shocking 50% less collagen

1.5 %

LESS COLLAGEN

produced each year after the age of 20

25 %

LESS COLLAGEN

produced each year after the age of 40

50 %

LESS COLLAGEN

produced each year after the age of 60

Some wrinkle formation, as a result of intrinsic aging is inevitable, but it is slight compared to the accelerated aging effects of these external factors. This is what's really behind accelerated skin aging:

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UV (ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION)

Ultraviolet radiation from the sun causes inflammation and DNA damage to the skin called “photoaging”.

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Stress and poor sleep

Both cause the release of a hormone called cortisol which accelerates the decline of collagen.

air-pollution

Air pollution

Contains very fine, microscopic particles that penetrate the skin, resulting in inflammation and free radical damage. Over time, it usually becomes visible as dry, stiff, and wrinkled skin.

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Poor Diet

In particular one that is high in sugar and carbohydrates. High levels of sugar in the blood generate a steady stream of free radicals and other toxins that create glycation products, which attack and rapidly degrade skin collagen.

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Smoking

Attacks the skin from both the inside and outside. Smoke, including secondhand smoke, contains toxic particles that irritate and inflame the skin, seriously degrading the skin’s collagen.

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Alcohol

Is one of the worst toxins for your skin. It not only dries out the skin, but, like smoking, shrinks the tiny capillaries that feed the skin its vital nutrients needed to promote healthy collagen.

It's the combination of intrinsic aging and the external factors that causes the accelerated loss of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid

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Turning Back the Clock

The best way — actually, the only way — to adequately replace lost collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid is from the inside out.

It’s a simple, proven, three-step supplementation process that addresses both the production of new collagen and the preservation and protection of the collagen you have now.

3 STEPS FOR RESTORING YOUTHFUL SKIN FROM WITHIN!

Step 1

Get the Right Collagen

Human skin is made of Type 1 collagen. Most collagen powders include the wrong form of collagen for skin, settling for cheaper ineffective Type 3 Bovine (cow) collagen.

Step 2

Add Collagen Production Boosters

As we age, we have to help our bodies continue to produce skin collagen by consuming natural plant extract "boosters" that have been clinically proven to restore the skin to its youthful collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid productivity.

Step 3

Add Skin Protection Factors

Finally, a truly effective skin collagen formula simply must include highly concentrated plant-based extracts that enhance each cell’s natural defenses against environmental and dietary factors that damage skin.

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Only  Smarter Skin Collagen  provides all three steps...

...in one great tasting berry powder, replenishing the lost collagen, elastin, and hydrating hyaluronic acid in your extracellular matrix, and turning back the clock for more youthful, glowing skin!

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Step 1: Choosing the Right Collagen

Shopping for collagen can be confusing. There are so many different options, and collagen marketers don’t make it any easier. However, it’s not as complicated as it seems, if you just shop with the desired benefit in mind.

Here's a breakdown of what you need to know when choosing a collagen supplement by benefit. There are actually 5 different types of collagen, but most collagen is either type 1, 2, or 3.

The most important thing you need to know is that 80% of the collagen in your skin — the collagen that helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles — is Type 1. And by far the most abundant source of Type 1 collagen is Marine (fish) collagen.

Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides

To be technically correct, what’s really in those collagen powders is something called “collagen peptides”. For collagen to be best absorbed into the body, it first needs to be broken down into smaller units of protein, called peptides, which are two or more amino acids linked in a chain. These tiny peptides are easier to digest and absorb, and exactly what your body needs to efficiently make new collagen.

This is why collagen peptide powders are so popular today, as opposed to bone broth or other sources of collagen. Collagen peptides are best because they are fully hydrolyzed — broken down into those peptides for better absorption. Bone broth and other gelatin forms of collagen are only partially hydrolyzed, so they must be broken down further in the body to be absorbed.

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Best Collagen for Joint Health

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Type 2 collagen makes up a majority of the collagen in your joint cartilage, including the connective tissue that protects your bones at the joints, and it’s in your spinal disks too. Basically, Type 2 is a great collagen for your joints. If you’re looking for improved joint health then the best source of Type 2 collagen is from chicken cartilage

Best Collagen for Gut Health

Type 3 collagen is found in large quantities in the intestines, muscles, and blood vessels. Many people take it for muscle building or gut health and repair. The most common type 3 collagen is bovine collagen.

WARNING! Bovine collagen peptides literally come from ground up hooves, hides, nerve tissues, and other undesirable parts of the cow that are typically tossed away by meat processors. These are also the parts that can carry diseases, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease. So be aware, if you are shopping for this type of collagen.

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Best Collagen for Skin

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Marine (fish) collagen is mostly type 1, which makes up the majority of the collagen in your skin. It’s the most skin specific; plus, the amino acid profile in fish collagen lines up so much better for skin collagen growth than other sources.

Over 50% of collagen is made up of three amino acids — glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. These three amino acids are also the most important when it comes to collagen synthesis for the skin, and Marine collagen peptides have a higher percentage of each than any other collagen source.

Marine collagen also has the smallest particle size of all the collagens, making it far easier to absorb than bovine or other collagens; a full 1.5 times better than bovine, in fact, and the results speak for themselves.

Smarter's Marine Collagen Blend

Clinically Proven Results!

Smarter's Marine Collagen comes exclusively from fresh fish, sustainably sourced from the deep, clean pristine waters of the South Pacific - the cleanest source of any collagen

Results with this unique marine collagen blend were supported by a clinical study, conducted by dermatologists, who objectively measured changes in wrinkles, pore size, age spots, and skin texture over the course of the study.

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  • graph icon 1Improved Skin Texture

  • graph icon 2Wrinkle Reduction

The changes in skin appearance came more quickly than expected, with results coming in weeks, not months, and getting better over time. Here's a brief overview of the amazing results:

In just 3 weeks 41% of participants showed improved skin texture, and at 7 weeks, 81% showed improved skin texture.

In just 4 weeks there was a significant reduction in wrinkles, decreased age spots, and improvements in overall look of facial skin, with a brighter appearance.

  • graph icon 1Improved Skin Texture

  • graph icon 2Wrinkle Reduction

Step 2 and Step 3: Natural Support Ingredients

For increasing your body's production and protection of skin collagen

blue-berry

How it builds skin collagen:

Supports collagen synthesis by shielding collagen producing cells from damaging environmental and lifestyle factors


How it protects skin collagen:

Called the "internal sunscreens", these berries provide potent protection against inflammation and DNA damage from the sun, poor diet, and other external factors

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How it builds skin collagen:

Catechins in green tea uniquely protect against breakdown of existing collagen from sugar, stress, and outside factors


How it protects skin collagen:

Catechins in green tea uniquely protect against breakdown of existing collagen from sugar, stress and outside factors

vitamin-c

How it builds skin collagen:

Most critical nutrient for skin production cells (called fibroblasts) to produce collagen efficiently


How it protects skin collagen:

Top inflammation-fighter that reduces UV skin damage from sun (photoaging) and other damaging effects from external factors (pollution, stress)

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How it builds skin collagen:

Supports cellular collagen production by shielding cells from free radical damaging effects of environment and lifestyle


How it protects skin collagen:

Reduces skin discoloration (dark spots) caused by UV sun effects and other environmental factors

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How it builds skin collagen:

Blocks the main cell damaging enzyme (MMP) that shuts down collagen and elastin production


How it protects skin collagen:

Helps extend the life of skin cells specifically by blocking the effects of the most skin damaging and aging free radical of all (called hydroxyl)

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How it builds skin collagen:

Reduces formation of damaging glycation products (triggered by sugar consumption) that shuts down healthy collagen production


How it protects skin collagen:

Its unique anti-glycation properties help protect against skin aging, especially wrinkles. Also provides powerful protection against photoaging from UVA/UVB effects of the sun

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How it builds skin collagen:

Proven synergistic effects with Vitamin C for for even greater collagen production efficiency


How it protects skin collagen:

Antioxidant, free-radical fighting properties protect skin from UV skin damage and provide additional skin nourishment

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How it builds skin collagen:

Blocks the main cell damaging enzyme (MMP) that shuts down collagen and elastin production


How it protects skin collagen:

Helps increase skin hydration and thickness by blocking effects of UV induced skin inflammation, proven blocker of main enzyme (MMP) that breaks down existing skin collagen

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Frequently Asked

Questions

A lot of companies take a “jack of all trades” approach to collagen by throwing in a bunch of different types, and claiming their product will help everything — muscles, joints, and skin. But you know what they say, right? A jack of all trades is a master of none.

Rather than trying to do everything at once, which just isn’t realistic from a supplement, we chose to focus on one thing and do it right. Eighty percent of the collagen in your skin is type 1 so we focused on creating a truly effective skin collagen formula, by including the right type of collagen, from the right source (we use a marine source, which has a lower molecular weight, making it better absorbed by the body).

Instead of adding other types of collagen and having no room to fortify our collagen blend and make it really effective, we chose to add additional support ingredients that both boost natural collagen production and protect our skin's collagen from environmental toxins. Anthocyanins (found in the 3 berry extracts in our support ingredient list) have high antioxidant activities and support collagen synthesis by shielding collagen producing cells from damaging environmental and lifestyle factors. They are vital for any 'beauty from within' product. Berries that we use include blueberry, currant, and crowberry extracts, all containing various collagen producing and protecting properties.
Our Smarter Skin Collagen was clinically tested by dermatologists, who objectively measured changes in wrinkles, pore size, age spots, and skin texture over the course of the study. The changes in skin appearance came more quickly than expected, with results coming in weeks, not months, and getting better over time. Here’s a brief overview of the amazing results:

In just 3 weeks 41% of participants showed improved skin texture, and at 7 weeks, 81% showed improved skin texture.

In just 4 weeks there was a significant reduction in wrinkles, decreased age spots, and improvements in overall look of facial skin, with a brighter appearance.
Smarter's Marine Collagen comes exclusively from fresh, wild-caught fish, sustainably sourced from the deep, clean pristine waters of the South Pacific — the cleanest source of any collagen.
The flavor in our current formulation actually serves an important purpose. The natural berry flavor comes from our important collagen-producing and protecting support ingredients such as blueberry, black currant, crowberry (and several others) which support collagen synthesis by shielding collagen producing cells from damaging environmental and lifestyle factors. Called the "internal sunscreens", these berries provide potent protection against inflammation and DNA damage from the sun, poor diet, and other external factors. So the flavor in our product is an essential part of what makes our triple-action blend so powerful.
No! Some of our customers mix it into their morning smoothies, where it gives a great berry boost to the flavor. Other customers have told us they make blueberry lattes by frothing their milk (or non-dairy milk alternative) with collagen and they love it!
Please consult your healthcare provider before taking while pregnant or nursing.
Hair, skin, and nails ALL benefit from the nourishing power of type 1 hydrolyzed collagen peptides in our formula! You also get the powerful antioxidant protection of our anthocyanin berry blend, along with Vitamin C and E which all have very positive effects on hair and nails by helping combat free radicals and forming a protective molecular shield against the elements! You can look and feel better than ever. And the best part, according to our studies, is that it works quickly.
The powerful antioxidant protection of our anthocyanin berry blend, along with Vitamin C and E, can be very beneficial for helping heal acne scars and forming a protective molecular shield against the elements.
In our twenties we begin to decrease collagen production by 1.5% every year and it is decreased by 50% by the time we are 60. So, starting early is key to preventing signs of aging from occuring in our skin and keep our skin looking young, bright, and wrinkle free for longer. That being said, there is no age too old to begin replacing and protecting your skin's collagen. Just because you didn’t start at 20, doesn’t mean you can’t start now!
There are no known side effects. As with any supplement, please read over our ingredients and ensure there is nothing you may be allergic or sensitive to, and consult your healthcare provider if you have any concerns, or are taking any existing medications.
We understand that mercury is always a concern whenever fish is used. But not to worry — we test all of our products for heavy metal content, toxins, microbials and pesticides and unless the ingredients pass these tests they cannot be released to the public. We can also assure you the product is free of microplastics and radiation. Our internal team and third-party partners work together to ensure that our ingredients meet or exceed the highest standards of quality, safety, and purity.
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