Clayton Shagal’s Fundamentals

Our products work to enhance the three principal components in the skin…collagen, elastin, and moisture.

Collagen – The Essential Element

Collagen Fibers

In 1982, Clayton Shagal’s research team uncovered a unique extraction method to provide the skin with macromolecular proteins of collagen. The single collagen product that started it all was the purest form of collagen ever extracted commercially which required no injection to penetrate the deep layers of the skin. To this day, it remains unsurpassed in purity and uniqueness.


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CLAYTON SHAGAL 99% PURE EXTRACTED COLLAGEN

Collagen 70% of the skinSkin consists of 70% collagen, which in turn accounts for up to 90% of the connective tissues, or the dermis. Thus, most of the collagen within the skin lives in the dermis. Collagen hold 8 times its weight in waterVarious studies have proven that collagen, capable of retaining as much as eight times its weight in water, is by far the skin’s most prominent moisturizing element. This makes it easy to understand the significant role performed by collagen in hydrating both the dermis in particular and the skin in general.

Collagen fibrils attaching to collagen fibersIt is important to remember that collagen is an integral part of the skin. Like all other organs of the human body, skin loses vitality as it ages. Consequently with time, collagen also undergoes some weakening. In our prime, collagen fibers are filled with water. They perform to their fullest because they are constantly supplied with “collagen fibrils” which attach themselves to these fibers, providing them with vitality and moisture.

Healthy collagen & Weakend collagenAlthough “the production of collagen fibrils” deteriorates with time, our collagen itself is never lost. However, age is instrumental in the decline of natural nourishment provided by the slower production of collagen fibrils. As collagen fibers no longer receive adequate nourishment from the fibrils, their ability to retain moisture decreases, and with time, they become thinner and slowly dry out.

Elastin – The Natural Complement

Elastin Fibers

Our scientists recognized the important function of elastin protein in the skin. Their real task was to reduce the size of the molecule while keeping the protein intact. This extraction demands extreme precision in sustaining the unaltered structure of the protein for it to be transferable and capable of delivering long-term benefits to the skin’s cutaneous elasticity.


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Elastin plays a crucial role in skin hydration.

Elastin, a natural complement to collagen, is the main protein in elastic fibers located within the connective tissues or dermis. The components of this protein influence the elasticity and firmness of the skin. Although elastin makes up only 2 to 4% of the connective tissues, it plays a crucial role in skin hydration.

Elastin elastic analogy - healthyTo better illustrate the interactive role of elastin and collagen, suppose you want to bundle a handful of pencils together. The spontaneous reaction is to use an elastic rubber band. Well, elastin (the elastic) fulfills exactly the same function when associated with collagen (the pencils). It binds them together.

Elastin elastic analogy - weakenedWhen the skin is young, the elastin fibers are thin and stretchable, which allows the skin to be fresh and supple. Unfortunately, the aging process brings about changes at the dermis level, which results in the loss of elasticity and moisture within the connective tissues. The elastin fibers thicken in a disproportionate fashion, thereby causing lesions that break up the elastin fibers. This is when skin laxity and other outward physiological signs of skin deficiencies become noticeable – whether they are premature or biological.

Moisture – The Final Touch

Collagen Fibers

When our team combined specific synthetic ingredients with certain plant extracts in an intricate process, it succeeded in reproducing NMF elements with such accuracy that we humbly acknowledge the numerous scientific tests that clearly demonstrate the moisture–absorption and moisture-retention properties of our moisturizers to be the next best thing to skin itself.


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Treated NMF absorbs moisture from the air.

Normal Moisturizing Factors (NMF) are about 30% of the skinScientists and researchers agree: skin is made up of collagen, elastin, and approximately 30% moisture-retention elements known as the Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) of the skin. The significant percentage of NMF prompted our research team to further investigate the formation and production of moisture throughout the skin.

Pie charts indicating moisture content in healthy and weakened skinThe principal task of the elements that make up the NMF, namely the hydrophilic (absorbing water) and slightly hygroscopic substances (absorbing moisture), is to hydrate the upper layers of skin, specifically the epidermis. When the skin is young, the epidermis contains approximately 13% moisture. As skin ages, this percentage can be as low as 7%. Weak and treated Normal Moisturizing Factors (NMF)When the lipidic barrier, situated between the living epidermis and the stratum corneum wall, is strong, it effectively regulates  transepidermal water loss. Protecting and replenishing the elements that make up the Natural Moisturizing Factors is of paramount importance if the stratum corneum is to function properly.