What are collagen and elastin?
If you’ve ever dipped your toes into the wonderful world of beauty, you’ll probably have heard the words ‘collagen’ and ‘elastin’. They’ve become used more frequently in ads, but what they are is not always clearly explained. That’s where we come in! Here’s your complete guide to collagen and elastin.
It’s time to get a bit sciencey. Collagen is your body’s most abundant protein – in fact, it makes up one third of the human body. It’s found all over – in your bones, muscles, tendons, and, of course, in your skin.
Collagen actually holds you skin together. It keeps things looking plump, especially in your younger years.
Collagen is vital for the regeneration of your skin. It’s most prevalent in the dermis layer of the skin, where it forms a strong network that new cells are built upon.
Elastin is also a protein found in the body. It’s less prevalent than collagen, but is found in soft tissue and the skin.
Elastin is what gives your skin its elasticity. If you pull on your skin, it should bounce back to its original shape immediately – elastin is the protein that ensures this happens.
How we can increase our collagen and elastin levels naturally
As we get older, our levels of collagen and elastic can deplete. This is what causes wrinkles to form in the skin. Never fear, as there are a number of things you can do keep up the collagen in your body:
Get more Vitamin C – Vitamin C is vital for collagen production. Good sources of Vitamin C include leafy vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts, and certain fruits such as kiwis and oranges.
Reduce your sugar intake – Research suggests that consuming too much sugar can break down collagen and elastin, leading to tired looking, worn out skin. We’re not saying you have to give up all your sweet treats, just opt for lower sugar alternatives where you can.
Exfoliate regularly – Getting rid of the top layer of skin can speed up the collagen renewal process. To do this, you just need to exfoliate regularly. Opt for exfoliants that include glycolic acid and lactic acid for the best results.
Use a derma roller – Much like exfoliating, using a derma roller can stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin – leading to plumper, fresher, younger looking skin. Derma rollers are simple to use, and can have incredible benefits for your skin. You can find out more about the products we offer here.