What Are Collagen and Elastin?

Here comes spring! It’s time to begin thinking about how you will keep your skin soft, flexible and firm for the sunny days of summer ahead. Two of your body’s important proteins, collagen and elastin, play a critical role in keeping your skin looking its best. You’ve probably heard of or read about these remarkable proteins and may have wondered what role they play with regard to your skin.

spring skin careCollagen is found in your hair, nails, skin, tendons, muscles and other parts of your body. It is abundant and an important component of your body’s connective tissue. Collagen helps your skin stay smooth and firm. It also aids in the formation of new skin cells and keeps harmful toxins at bay. Elastin keeps your skin younger looking by keeping it flexible and elastic – which helps counter the effects of gravity. There is less elastin in your body than collagen, but they work together to keep your skin looking young.

As you age, your body makes less of these critical proteins, and as a result, your skin becomes thin, loose and saggy. Your skin also damages more easily and is more susceptible to the effects of gravity. Fine lines and wrinkles appear, and maybe the appearance of jowls. It’s impossible to completely prevent the effects of aging, but there are some things you can do to protect the collagen and elastin in your body and keep your skin looking young for as long as possible.

  • Always use sunscreen when outdoors and avoid tanning beds
  • Stop smoking
  • Replenish your lost collagen – At Utah Facial Plastics, we offer non-surgical procedures using the most popular dermal fillers, such as Juvederm®, which contain substances that restore lost volume to your face and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Other fillers, such as Radiesse®, stimulate your body’s production of collagen, for natural, and long-lasting results.

Spring into spring and get your skin ready for summer…call to schedule an appointment, today: (801) 776-2220.

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