"When a product claims to stimulate collagen production, how exactly does it do that?"
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Collagen is a very large group of proteins and is a main component of connective tissues (joints, cartilage) and skin. Because of its size, putting it on the skin will not likely penetrate on its own, and thus won’t have an effect. So the way to increase collagen in your skin is to stimulate the production of your own resources. A series of reactions both inside and outside the cell result in collagen production in the skin. One step of these reactions also requires Vitamin C. So in order to help the skin produce more of its own collagen, ingredients such as Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (stabilized Vitamin C), Vitamin A, Yeast extract, and Genestein/Soy will be beneficial for this production. The addition of peptides and amino acids can aid the fibroblasts within the skin to produce collagen and the fibrous bands necessary for good structure beneath the skin.

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