As you age, keeping your skin flexible and firm can be challenging skin care goals – albeit worthy ones. Two very important proteins that exist in your body, Collagen and Elastin, play a very important part in meeting those goals. If you’ve heard of them, and have wondered exactly what they are, read on.
Collagen 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 by keeping it flexible and elastic which helps counter the effects of gravity on your skin. There is less elastin in your body than collagen, but they work together to keep your skin looking young.
Your aging body has less and less of these critical proteins, and, as a result, your skin becomes thin and loose, especially on your face. It also damages more easily and is more susceptible to the effects of gravity. Fine lines and wrinkles appear as well as the dreaded appearance of jowls or a double chin.
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.
- Protect your skin from ultraviolet sun damage by always wearing sunscreen
- Eat a balanced diet
- Stop smoking
- Consider Injectable Facial Fillers – We offer a number of cosmetic treatments that can counter the effects of aging. Our two most popular injectable dermal fillers, FDA approved Radiesse and Restylane, restore facial contours or reduce the appearance of lines and creases.
Call us to schedule a consultation, today, to learn more about the many anti-aging, cosmetic and surgical procedures we offer: (508) 334-5990.