Collagen and elastin are two proteins that do wonders for the health of your skin, giving it firmness, elasticity and resilience. These proteins are produced in abundance by our bodies in our youth, but as we age, collagen and elastin production decreases, skin loses elasticity and wrinkles and signs of ageing begin to appear.
Collagen and elastin – what are these proteins and why are they always mentioned together?
Collagen is the protein found in the highest quantity in the body, in connective and fibrous tissues, ligaments, blood vessels, bones and skin. Elastin is also found in connective tissues, but its role in the body is different. While collagen holds connective tissues together, elastin gives them the ability to return to their original shape after being stretched or contracted. Elastin is also found in the walls of arteries, lungs and intestines.
Most of the time, we talk about collagen in relation to elastin and vice versa. If collagen keeps the skin firm, elastin increases its elasticity. When collagen levels decrease, elastin levels decrease, skin looks less and less smooth, wrinkles begin to show up, and so does the appearance of ageing or sagging skin. Collagen and elastin production is slowed not only by the ageing process, but also by UV radiation and free radicals that contribute to tissue damage.
How can you boost collagen and elastin production?
Loss of skin elasticity and the appearance of wrinkles is the first sign of a lower production of collagen and elastin. If you’ve reached this point, there are ways to boost production of these two proteins.
Nutrition, a natural way to boost collagen and elastin
In some cases, the body cannot produce enough collagen and elastin if it is not nourished with the right nutrients. Foods rich in protein, such as beans, lentils, dairy and meat should not be left out of your diet because this way, the body gets the amino acids that are the basis of collagen production.
Supplements with collagen, vitamin C and D are sometimes also recommended to help not only stimulate collagen and elastin production, but also support bone, joint and ligament health. However, we remind you that any dietary supplement should only be taken on the advice of a nutritionist.
Microneedling, an effective option for stimulating collagen and elastin production
A diet rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals helps increase collagen and elastin production, but unfortunately, it cannot erase wrinkles and signs of ageing that have already appeared. In this situation, you can turn to microneedling sessions, an effective and minimally invasive technique to boost collagen and elastin production. Microneedling has proven to be one of the easiest treatments for fading wrinkles and post-acne scars.
Microneedling has no side effects and results are usually seen after 6 weeks, during which time the skin regenerates. Of course, results depend on the individual – in some cases wrinkles and signs of ageing disappear much faster, in others it takes longer for the skin to heal. Either way, the results are long-lasting.
Wrinkles and signs of ageing no longer need to be a cause of discomfort for you, and the solution to firm, forever youthful-looking skin is closer than you think. We look forward to seeing you at Deluxe Clinic with modern treatments tailored to your skin’s needs!