The invention of Collagen by Colway began a new era in skincare. It’s unparalleled as an anti-ageing product that activates the skin’s natural renewal processes. It has a unique ability to stimulate our own formative cells to immediately boost their collagen production, resulting in an improved skin elasticity and smoothness – younger looking skin.
Collagen Colway doesn’t just tackle the results of ageing, such as wrinkling; it attacks the causes. No wonder, then, that it has been known for several years as the Polish ‘elixir of youth’. It’s the only pure and biologically active transdermal triple helix tropocollagen on the market, which means there’s nothing else currently available that can compete with its potential and results.
Although it’s the result of advanced biotechnology, our Collagen is a very simple product that delivers powerful yet naturally occurring ingredients. It is a new generation of collagen skincare, based on the extraction of collagen from fish skins and preserving it as a biologically active protein, and has opened the door to new non-invasive treatments as an alternative to painful injections and costly procedures.
Benefits of using Collagen Colway
Our Collagen is certainly not a product for anyone looking for a quick fix. It takes time to work, and is most effective when applied regularly. But the results are amazing! Customers using Natural Collagen as recommended report the following benefits:
- moisturisation and long-lasting, optimal hydration of the skin
- improvement in skin suppleness and elasticity
- smoother skin
- shallower wrinkles
In 2008, laboratory studies in Warsaw (Laboratory Beauty Parlour SLB ITA –TEST) were conducted with a group of women aged 39 to 60 who used Natural Collagen twice a day for four weeks, and the results were impressive.
Result after 4 weeks
Skin moisture content
Reduction in wrinkle depth
You can see examples of the results in the following photos (below),
with ‘before’ on the left, and the results after four weeks of application on the right.
Where it comes from
Collagen extracted from the skin of fish is, without a doubt, a great discovery of Polish science –the work of a team at the Polish School of Biochemistry which has been perfected over the course of several years.
In the 1970s, Polish science led the field of protein extraction from marine organisms. Initial trials were based on the extraction of protein from plankton (Antarctic krill). Polish scientists also developed a way to extract gelatin from waste products of the seafood industry. While many other countries were eager to pay just to get rid of their waste, the political and economic conditions in Poland at the time meant that this unique technology was not used. And although collagen was first obtained from fish skins in the 1980s, at the time the process could not attract the right support to make it viable. As a result, the first collagen patent (no. 167114) was never exploited commercially until after its protected legal status expired.
Work didn’t stop, however, and the team focused on finding an ideal fish species as a source, and on perfecting the final filtration stage. They eventually achieved both – using salmon as a source, and silk fibres for filtering, and with these two final developments, commercial fish collagen extraction was finally made possible.
Initially, the collagen was difficult to market, as it needed to be stored within a strict temperature range. Fish collagen only retains its consistency and active biological properties up to a certain temperature, depending on the conditions under which the source fish have been raised. Salmon is a cold water fish, so its collagen could survive only up to 15 degrees Celsius (as a comparison, human protein survives up to 107.60F (42 degrees Celsius). There are other collagens available that can survive up to maximum of 680 F (20 degrees Celsius) and need refrigerated storage as a result. So while fish collagen shows high level of biocompatibility with humans, its success as a product rests not on quality certificates or sensational clinical research, but on the way it can be stored, not only by the producer, but by the retailer and the consumer at home.
Collagen Colway products can survive temperatures higher than 260C, yet have no preservatives or parabens added. This is down to the high quality collagen source (silver carp, raised responsibly in the ecologically friendly waters of the Balkans) and a technologically advanced filtration-extraction method. The result is a collagen that can be stored without costly and inconvenient refrigeration, and its commercial formula actually Q5-26 refers to the range of temperatures in which it can be kept to maintain its biological activity.
Research into both source and methodology still continues, and as the market leader and innovator, Colway is currently sponsoring studies using panga, African catfish and tropical carp; and a polymer filtration method, which is more effective than silk.
Five simple ingredients
Collagen Colway is a water solution of pure collagen protein in the same triple helix form as found in a living organism. It has nothing to do with injectable collagens that have been used in the beauty industry – it’s applied to the skin twice a day, just like traditional beauty creams in the past. The good news for people allergic to (or simply wanting to avoid) preservatives and other chemical ingredients is that Natural Collagen contains just five simple and naturally occurring ingredients: water, collagen, caprylyl glycol (a natural fatty acid found in plants, used as a moisturizing and anti-microbial agent), elastin (another natural protein found in connective tissue) and lactic acid.
Lactic acid is an alphahydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sour milk – and far from being a new phenomenon, especially when you consider that Cleopatra is said to have bathed in soured milk to pamper her skin! It acts as a gentle but effective exfoliant, helping to remove dead cell build-up and soften the skin, as well as being antibacterial and helping to keep the skin at the right pH. It works well on conditions as diverse as acne and wrinkles, is useful on the body as well as the face, softening tough areas such as elbows and heels.
Sunscreens and makeup will last longer with the regular use of lactic acid, as it enhances the absorption of cosmetics, moisturisers and other skincare products. The molecules in lactic acid are larger than in the equally popular glycolic acid (another AHA) and although it doesn’t penetrate into skin as deeply, its gentle exfoliating action makes it a perfect choice for regular use, or for those with extra sensitive skin.
The three types of Collagen Colway
Collagen Platinum is used mainly for face care as it is the purest type, containing the lowest amount of melanin (natural skin colouring). This is because it is extracted from the skin from the underside of the fish, which is the lightest. And as the purest form of Natural Collagen, its skin penetrating abilities are the best, too.
It’s ideal for using before normal mosturising or regenerating creams – providing they don’t contain zinc, acids, sulfur or alcohol, which can break down collagen before it is properly absorbed by the skin, causing it to lose some of its biological activity.
Collagen Silver is ideal for body care (it contains more natural colouring than Platinum).
Collagen Graphite contains the most melanin, and is perfect for hair and nails; regenerating, strengthening and stimulating hair roots and nails for better growth. As a natural disinfectant, it also helps fight dandruff, psoriasis and fungus infections.
Key points to remember about Collagen Colway
Advantages over other cosmetic collagens
- It’s the only product of its type in the world
- It’s the first to attack the causes, not just the symptoms, of aging on the skin
- It works by replacing collagen and boosting the skin’s own collagen production
- It’s made from biologically active fish tropocollagen, the closest possible to human collagen
- It remains biologically active between 50C – 260C
- It’s easily applied – no injections needed
- Because it works naturally, the skin doesn’t become dependent on it
- It has no smell, it’s non-allergenic and bacteria resistant, and it’s soothing to apply
- It contains only naturally-occurring ingredients (no parabens)
- Avoid use if you are on a low-protein diet, having kidney dialysis, or have recently had chemotherapy, radiation therapy or phototherapy for psoriasis (allow at least six weeks afterwards, and check with your doctor before resuming use)
- Avoid use if suffering from scleroderma, chronic rheumatoid disorders and any of the group of collagen disorders
- Avoid use if there is a history of eczema with a protein allergy background, or if you are allergic to fish protein
- Best stored in its original packaging (with insulation), and may need to be refrigerated during hot spells if the temperature is likely exceed 780 F (260 C)