Skin consists of billions and billions of cells that are glued together with collagen, a fibrous protein which gives the skin elasticity and strength. As we age, our collagen becomes exposed to damage from external factors such as air pollution, sunlight and tobacco smoke, but researchers have discovered some biologically active substances that are able to restore collagen and help fight off the signs of age. Procyanidins, as these so called flavonoids are named, occur naturally in French Maritime Pine, an exotic tree that grows in the southern part of France between Bordeaux and the Spanish border. By taking these procyanidins as a supplement (Bio-Pycnogenol), one can help reduce damaged collagen from the inside.Pycnogenol us a patetented extract made from French Pine bark. It is believed to be one of the most powerful antioxidants, apart from being able to restore skin elasticity. Modern scientific research has resulted in the publiciation of more than 200 studies, including 30 controlled clinical trials, documenting the safety and beneficial effects of pycnogenol in cardiovascular health, immune function and skincare.