Collagen and Elastin

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Whether we consider the skin on our face or body, everyone knows that collagen is important for the skin.  Indeed it is the principle structural protein holding the skin together.  The quantity and quality of your skins collagen has a major role in your appearance.  Therefore it may be tempting to think that getting collagen into your skin could lead to dramatic rejuvenating effects.  While there is a grain of truth in that, things are more complicated than they seem.

Collagen is not like most proteins, which are essentially compact molecular clumps - it is basically a fibre, or when fully mature, a mesh of fibres.  Not surprisingly, collagens composition is also unusual.  It is particularly rich in four amino acids, lysine, proline, hydroxylsine and hydroxyproline.

Overall, the amount of collagen in the skin tends to decline with age.  However different types of collagen behave differently.  In particular, a child's skin has a lot of collagen 3, the type common in fast growing tissue.  The abundance of Collagen 3 is partly responsible for the softness of young skin.  As the body growth slows down, the skin content of collagen 3 slows down, while type 1 increases.  In fact type 1 collagen continues to build up until about the age of 35, where the skin reaches the peak of its mechanical strength.  After that Type 1 begins to decline as well.  The dynamic of age related changes in other collagen types remains unclear.  However we do know that by the age of 60, all types of collagen are significantly below their youthful levels.

Having a lot of collagen in your skin is not enough.  Even having the right mix is not enough.  It is important that collagen be undamaged and properly deposited.  Collagen freshly deposited by healthy young fibroblasts has a coherent and orderly structure.  When UV rays, free radicals, impaired glucose metabolism, smoking or other factors damage collagen, its structure becomes distorted leading to poor skin texture, wrinkles and other imperfections.  In this scenario a common approach is to clear up damaged collagen and then stimulate the production of a more regular new collagen.  A combination of treatments, supplements and products will help achieve this

Some suggestions to help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin:

• Wear a sunscreen every day of the year to protect against UVA/UVB rays

• Do not smoke

• Consider the use of Vitamin C, Lipoic Acid and Topical Retiniods in your skincare routine

• Ensure a healthy diet but also consider the use of a skin vitality supplement, including both Omega 3, 6 and 9's and Collagen.

• Ensure a healthy water intake to keep skins healthy, hydrated bloom

Some treatment suggestions to help repair and boost collagen repair in the skin:

• Danne Skin Revision (including Skin Peels)

• Dermaroller (Collagen Induction Therapy)

• Radio Frequency

• Acoustic Wave Therapy

• Needle Free Mesotherapy

• Photorejuvenation using IPL

• Effective Skin Care Routine (including Vitamin C and topical Retinoids)

It is never too late to repair damage and make positive changes to the skin and everyone's skin can benefit hugely from a proactive approach to skin care and repair.  Time, commitment and a scientific approach to skin care really can reveal a glowing, radiant and more youthful looking skin.

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This article was published on 2010/03/31