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After a certain stage in life, our looks represent our age. And we may look older than our chronological age, or younger.
Our largest organ arguably conveys the largest part of how old we appear.  It’s our skin.
Different factors impact how our skin ages...Over exposure to sunlight and changes in our biology.
Our skin contains an elastic fiber network and it’s changes to this network that make changes in skin appearance.
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When this network becomes disorganized, loses functional components, or becomes fragmented… Our skin looks older… In the form of wrinkles, dryness, and less elasticity.
The main structural components of our skin are collagen, elastic fibers, and hyaluronic acid. Most of it is collagen.
The good news is the appearance of aged skin is likely reversible. 
Consuming collagen can restore the collagen and elastic fibers in skin, even when the skin has been damaged by sun exposure.
How? By reducing the enzymes which break down our skin’s key structural components. 
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When women consumed collagen, after six weeks their skin hydration increased 7 fold, after 12 weeks wrinkle appearance improved 10 fold, and skin elasticity also improved. 
How you might ask? Possibly, specific bio active proteins found in collagen stimulate the migration and growth of fibroblasts… The cells responsible for producing our skin’s structural framework.
And these fibroblasts also produce hyaluronic acid in our skin.  Not coincidentally, this is the same compound used in injectable gel fillers that celebrities and others use to maintain a youthful appearance.
But these fillers eventually wear off. Our fibroblasts, however, are our own metabolic machinery... machinery that keeps making hyaluronic acid.