Sunday, December 15, 2013
What is Elastin Anyway?!
I have felt compelled to write about Elastin from viewing continuous marketing ads plastered on my Facebook by skincare gimmicks. Their message is about famous movie stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Cindy Crawford and Kelly Ripa and many other movie stars finding the fountain of youth in this particular skincare. Let me just put the secret right out to you that they are trying to say, the ingredients Elastin and Vitamin C are what all the award winning movie stars use to stay young. There's just one problem, Elastin isn't an ingredient!
What is Elastin?
Elastin is a protein fiber in the skin that is the connective tissue to make your skin elastic, tight, retain a youthful form and prevents wrinkles. As we age, our body produces less of this connective tissue and the wrinkles start appearing to reveal our age. Elastin is in the skin but also in internal organs, helping circulation, elasticity and function of organs.
What Stimulates Elastin?
The ad explained above is partly correct, Vitamin C is an ascorbic acid, an ingredient needed in the body to contribute to maintaining elastin in the body. Vitamin C has many more benefits above this as it helps reduce sunburns, antioxidant to combat free radical damage, increase circulation in the skin for a collagen boost, and reduce hyper-pigmentation to name a few benefits. Don't buy the cheapest version of Vitamin C, all brands have different percentages, and some are manufactured for optimal stabilization and PH values that may make them very effective, or a waste of time from trying to get a bargain.
Vitamin K helps reduce the calcification to elastin fibers that can cause them to become stiff and rigid. Vitamin K works in conjuntion with Vitamin A and C to be more easily absorbed and become effective.
Elastin is a protein, and eating a diet where you get a healthy amount of good protein will stimulate elastin growth. Beans, fish, nuts, lean meat are to name a few things to make sure you have a couple servings of every day.
A good Exfoliating Cream helps to remove the dead skin cells and restore proper function of the healthy skin cells for circulation and promoting collagen and elastin growth.
Blueberry Extract helps slow down the degradation of glycation, a process in the skin that makes the fibers of the skin more rigid as we age. This ingredient is a great product to correct previous aging.
Acupuncture is a great alternative medicine treatment to increase circulation in the body and can be used to increase skin function. By increasing the circulation the health of the skin can improve and promote elastin growth.