Can you regain skin elasticity after losing it?
let’s find out
What is skin elasticity?
Table of contents
- 1 What is skin elasticity?
- 2 Why we ask: Can you restore skin elasticity?
- 3 What causes damage to the skin’s elasticity?
- 4 Skin care ingredients that can help restore your skin’s elasticity
- 5 Can you restore skin elasticity?
Take a moment to pinch the skin on the back of your hand. Then let it go See how it snaps back into place? This is skin elasticity.
It’s your skin’s ability to snap back into place after stretching. It shows when you smile and then stop smiling. The skin moves back into place. Or when you frown and then stop frowning.
stretch and rebound. That’s what skin elasticity is all about. Unfortunately, as skin ages, it often loses some of this ability. Then wrinkles, sagging and wrinkles set in.
Why we ask: Can you restore skin elasticity?
If you notice more wrinkles and sagging, you’re probably wondering what’s going on and if there’s anything you can do about it.
Skin with high elasticity is plump, firm and youthful-looking. Scientists most commonly attribute two proteins that give skin structure and firmness:
- Collagen: Collagen is an abundant protein in the body. It supports your body’s tissues and essentially holds your body together. About 80 percent of the outer layer of skin is made up of collagen. It gives firmness to the skin.
- elastin: This is another protein that gives your skin the ability to stretch and rebound. It works closely with collagen to maintain skin texture and keep it healthy and youthful looking.
As we age, a few things happen that can affect skin elasticity:
- The body produces less collagen and elastin. From the age of 20, the skin gradually begins to produce less collagen and elastin.
- Accumulated Damage: Factors like UV rays, environmental exposure, and more cause damage to the elastin and collagen that you have.
Of the two, the cumulative damage to skin tends to be more destructive than our gradual slowdown in collagen and elastin production, although both play a role in speeding up the aging process.
What causes damage to the skin’s elasticity?
Collagen and elastin structures change with age. Collagen fibers flatten and elastin fibers thicken. Gradually, the web-like design that these two fibers create thins out, creating that thinner, less plump, and wrinkled look.
The main factors involved in damaging these proteins include:
- sun exposure: This is considered to be the most important environmental factor that causes skin aging. Exposure to UV rays increases the production of free radicals – destructive molecules that damage DNA and skin cells and fibers.
- cigarette smoke: Cigarette smoke, including secondhand smoke, increases free radical damage.
- Environmental pollution: Airborne toxins stemming from factory smoke and smog can cause free radical damage.
- Bad skin care: Poor skin care habits can also lead to a loss of skin elasticity. For example, forgetting to wash your face at night can clog your pores, which can lead to pimples and scarring. Insufficient hydration can lead to dryness and a damaged skin barrier, which can expose the skin to free radical attack.
- Poor diet: Fast foods, fried foods, and foods high in sugar can all contribute to inflammation in the skin, which damages all structures, including elastin.
- Lack of sleep: Sleep deprivation can lead to increased fine lines and wrinkles. It increases inflammation, reduces skin repair, and increases stress, which also damages skin.
- Chronic stress: Chronic stress breaks down collagen and elastin, which leads to accelerated aging.
Skin care ingredients that can help restore your skin’s elasticity
Several ingredients are known to help maintain or stimulate skin elasticity.
- Aloe vera: It contains malic acid, which improves skin elasticity.
- Reishi Mushroom: Contains lysine, which increases skin elasticity and support. It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory that can help prevent damage to elastin fibers.
- Turmeric: As a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, it protects the sun, pollution and other environmental elements from negatively affecting your skin’s elasticity.
- Bega Glucan: It penetrates deep into the tissues, stimulates collagen synthesis and helps increase skin elasticity.
- sunflower oil: Rich in vitamin E, this is a powerful antioxidant that locks in moisture in the skin while promoting collagen and elastin production.
- Chamomile Extract: Contains Levomenol, a natural moisturizer that improves elasticity.
- Shea Butter: In addition to being a powerful moisturizer, shea butter also promotes collagen production.
You won’t be surprised to learn that our CV Skinlabs products contain all of these ingredients. Use them regularly to see improvements in your skin’s elasticity!
Can you restore skin elasticity?
You can also make some changes in your daily routine that will help maintain your skin’s elasticity while stimulating the production of new elastin.
1. Consider collagen supplements
A few small studies suggest that collagen supplements may help boost collagen production and improve skin elasticity and firmness. For example, in a 2018 study, those who took 12 weeks of use experienced significant improvements in firmness and elasticity, as well as an increase in skin thickness.
However, note that these studies are small, so we need more research to be sure of these effects. Other ingredients were also used in the supplement, including vitamin C and some plant extracts.
2. Use a retinol product
Retinol is a form of vitamin A found in many skin care products. We have some evidence that topical retinol combined with vitamin C may help restore skin elasticity.
3. Exfoliate regularly
As we age, the skin’s ability to shed old skin cells and produce new ones decreases. Regular exfoliation helps remove accumulated dead skin cells, allowing new cells to grow. It can also increase collagen production and promote skin elasticity.
4. Use topical vitamin C
Vitamin C helps promote collagen production while inhibiting the enzymes that break down collagen in your skin.
5. Eat healthy
When you eat too much fast food, fried foods, and foods high in sugar, you stimulate inflammation in your body. Inflammation signals certain enzymes to break down elastin and collagen in the skin. Eat more fruits and vegetables, healthy fish, nuts and olive oil. It’s also important to drink enough water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
6. Get enough sleep
Scientists recommend at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. This helps restore and rejuvenate your skin and gives your skin the opportunity to repair damage that has occurred during the day.
7. Use sunscreen
Protect your skin’s elasticity from sun damage by protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. Use clothing, shade, and umbrellas, and wear broad-spectrum sunscreen every day.
Have you noticed changes in your skin’s elasticity?