Collagen is the most abundant structural protein in our connective tissue, making up 75% of our skin. It supports the appearance of smooth youthful skin and also provides structure and strength for our bones, muscles and tendons. Collagen, keratin and elastin give the skin its strength, elasticity and structure.
The body naturally produces the collagen that it needs, but this production gradually disrupts as part of the natural aging process. Women produce less collagen than men, and this collagen is lost at a rate of about 1% per year. This means that a woman has lost almost half of the collagen from her skin by the age of 50.
Collagen is also greatly affected by environmental stresses such as sun exposure, nutrition, skin damage, and exposure to toxins such as pollutions, cigarette smoke and recreational drugs. With decreased collagen, the skin loses its natural elasticity and firmness, and fine lines, wrinkles and sagging appear.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, supporting the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of the skin. The predominate form of collagen in the skin is type 1 representing about 80%, supporting skin strength, while 20% is type 3 collagen which maintains elasticity. The most common amino acid includes glycine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine. They supply nutrition to nourish the skin, hair and nails and are essential to maintaining collagen at healthy levels.
What are peptides?
Peptides also play an important role in maintaining healthy collagen levels I the skin. Amino acids form chains of proteins called peptides, these chains form both long and short strands each offering a specific and powerful anti-aging benefit helping to stimulate natural collagen production. Maintaining the amount of collagen is the key to beautiful skin, unfortunately as we age the production of collagen begins to slow down and cell structures begin to lose their strength. As a result, the skin becomes fragile, less elastic and wrinkles begin to form, this is when supplemental forms of collagen should be added to daily regimens.
What is hydrolyzed collagen?
Supplementing collagen to the skin is best achieved in a specific form called hydrolyzed collagen which is comprised of small amino acids, also referred to as collagen peptides which are absorbed quickly by the body and stimulate the body’s own natural production of collagen. In clinical studies this bioavailable form of collagen has been shown to significantly reduce wrinkle volume, increase elasticity and skin hydration levels. Due to the absorption ability of hydrolyzed collagen, significant increases in fibroblast leading to increase density of the skin have also been demonstrated.
How do ceramides contribute?
Like collagen, ceramides are also a major component of the skin. Ceramides protect against moisture loss and promote a youthful and supple appearance. Ceramides also support the skins matrix contributing to firmness and hydration. A potent plant based extract derived from wheat seed is a natural and gluten free ceramide which has been shown to be very effective in replenishing skin hydration, essential to the moisture barrier.
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What is YANA?
Described in ancient cultures as passage or journey, YANA is the path to radiant skin that begins from within. The unique fusion of ancient wisdom and cutting edge technology unveils a new path on the journey to a more youthful, radiant complexion.
YANA is a daily anti-aging collagen drink that helps to rebuild and strengthen skin by boosting the body’s natural collagen production. YANA offers a new approach to skin health, utilising a bioactive collagen peptide that is clinically proven to:
- Increase skin firmness
- Reduce wrinkle depth
- Restore hydration