The Role of Collagen and Elastin in Your Skin

The Role of Collagen and Elastin in Your Skin

It seems as though every celebrity and every company advertising a new cosmetic product is saying the same thing: collagen and elastin are the keys to younger-looking skin. 

They’re not wrong, but we don’t want you to take a marketing company’s word for it. We want you to have great skin and understand why. 

Here, our team of experts at Ego takes a closer look at collagen and elastin and their role in your skin’s health. 

Collagen and your skin

Collagen is a protein made up of three amino acids, namely glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. As one of the main building blocks of your skin, collagen provides nearly 75% of your skin’s support and structure. If you liken your skin to a mattress, collagen would be the frame. 

But it’s not just for your skin. Collagen also provides support for your joints and bones. 

How you lose collagen

There’s a wide range of factors that impact your stores of collagen. Everything from sun damage to a poor diet attacks the collagen in your skin. Additionally, smoking allows harmful substances to enter your skin and freely destroy collagen molecules. 

Time, however, is one of the most common causes of lost collagen. After your 30th birthday, your body slows down collagen production and starts producing lower-quality collagen as well. 

The result? Weak, sagging skin that’s prone to damage and wrinkles.  

Elastin and your skin

Sticking with our mattress analogy, if collagen is the frame, then elastin fibers are the springs. Under a microscope, elastin fibers really do look like coiled springs. These bouncy proteins give your skin the ability to stretch and then immediately return to its original shape — what we call elasticity. 

How you lose elastin

Similar to collagen, elastin diminishes as you age and as the result of poor lifestyle choices. As your skin becomes less and less elastic, it becomes limp, sunken, and loose.

How you can restore collagen and elastin

There’s hope for your collagen- and elastin-depleted skin. Here are some practical tips and tricks to keep your skin supple and supported. 

Make diet changes

One of the first places you can turn to replenish your stores of collagen and elastin is in your diet. Foods that are packed with protein, such as meat, eggs, fish, and seafood, give your body the amino acids it needs to keep up collagen and elastin production. Beans and dairy products can also give your skin a boost. 

Try a supplement

You may have also noticed a variety of collagen peptide supplements at your local drugstore. These supplements are made of broken-down collagen molecules that your body quickly absorbs and turns into usable collagen. Typically, you can find collagen peptides that dissolve easily in water. 

There are also a variety of creams and serums that have collagen- and elastin-boosting qualities — talk to us about which products we recommend. 

Tweak your habits

What you do and the choices you make every day have a huge impact on your skin. For that reason we strongly encourage you to follow these basics of skin care:

Above all, protect your skin from the sun by wearing protective clothing and using a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily (even when it’s cloudy). 

Call in the pros

Bar none, the best way to restore collagen and elastin is to seek professional cosmetic treatments. Our lineup of treatments, which include PDO thread lift, Botox®, microdermabrasion, microneedling, and fillers, stimulate your body’s natural collagen production, creating younger-looking skin from the inside out. 

If you’d like more information about collagen and elastin, or if you’re interested in taking steps to restore your skin, request an appointment online or over the phone at either our Modesto or Lodi, California, offices today. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

Your Vagina After Childbirth

We talk a lot about what to expect when you’re expecting. But what about what to expect after you’re expecting? Here’s everything you should know about how your vagina changes after childbirth and how we can help.

Does Reiki Really Work?

If you’re seeking a wellness practice that offers a service that brings relaxation and a sense of peace, consider Reiki. This popular healing technique is an all-natural stress reliever.

Does Kybella Treatment Hurt?

Getting rid of your double chin doesn’t have to be painful. With Kybella®, you can melt away submental fat with minimal discomfort and downtime and then enjoy your new look.