The Science Behind Collagen

By: Belle Hartles |

Ultimately, as we age, we lose a substantial amount of collagen in the body, leading to skin
that loses its elasticity, sags more, and produces more wrinkles. Collagen is an important
protein that is found in our bones, ligaments, blood vessels, skin and other connective tissues.
An abundance of collagen is key for a youthful appearance, which is why collagen
supplements have increased in popularity over the years. The important structural component
basically helps parts of the body to glue together firmly and restores dead skin cells.
Noticeable loss of collagen can begin as early as 25 years of age, however, due to the ability
to produce collagen-filled products, we can protect the collagen in our skin.

The reduction in collagen begins at 1% at the age of 25 and increases to 30-50% during
menopause, which women generally experience from the age of 45 (Arias, 2021). The
reduction in collagen is also heavily impacted by environmental factors, hormones, and diets.
Raw collagen material is broken down into bioactive collagen peptides which are able to be
easily absorbed into the bloodstream and transported throughout the body. Vitamins and
minerals are generally added to collagen products in order to aid the absorption of the
collagen in the body (Harris et al, 1980). This is why our Beauty shot also includes beetroot,
apple, and lime.
Versiol Collagen contains optimized collagen peptides that increase the skin’s moisture and
slow the formation of wrinkles. A study observed women in the age range of 35-55 who
consumed collagen supplements over an 8-week period, with results showing that skin
elasticity significantly improved (Proksch et al., 2014). Observations also included a
reduction in wrinkle volume by 20% (Proksch et al., 2014). The positive effects from the trial
lasted for approximately a month after the women took their last supplement. A similar trial
carried out for a longer period reached the same findings, as well as a discovery that there
was a significant difference in the skin hydration of the test subjects (Bolke, 2019).
A study with 11 clinical trials revealed a positive outcome overall, with observations of
increased dermal collagen density and skin elasticity, as well as skin hydration (Choi et al.,
The effectiveness of collagen on nail health has also been studied, with a trial observing
Verisol Collagen’s ability to improve the nails of people with brittle nail syndrome.
Participants were provided with the supplement for daily use over 24 weeks, resulting in all
of them experiencing a significant increase in nail growth. There was a 42% decrease in the
frequency of broken nails and 88% of participants experienced the improvement lasting
4 weeks post-treatment (Hexsel et al., 2017).