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by: Better Not Younger
July 14, 2021
Thanks to collagen and elastin proteins, our skin has innate elasticity—the ability to hold its shape and bounce back when stretched. Over time, however, our skin becomes less elastic. That’s when sagging, wrinkles and loose skin occur, like around our elbows and under the chin.
Though it’s a normal part of the aging process, there are steps we can take to improve our skin elasticity: protect it from the sun, drink loads of water and supplement every day with Better Not Younger’s Power Within Skin & Scalp Collagen Gummies.
Your skin is composed of three distinct layers, which contain a variety of proteins, lipids and enzymes. Collagen and elastin are two protein fibers vital to your skin’s structure and resilience, and they work in tandem to create a smooth, firm appearance.
Collagen provides the rigid structure and strength of your skin’s middle and inner layers. Elastin forms a network of flexible cells between the collagen framework, lending your dermis its softness and pliability. When your skin is stretched, elastin allows it to expand and spring back to the firm shape provided by the system of collagen cells.
Your once plentiful collagen and elastin supplies can wane over time, decreasing your skin’s suppleness and flexibility through a process known as elastosis. Because of elastosis, your previously silky-smooth skin turns creased, saggy and leathery in appearance.
The most common cause of elastosis is simply the passage of time. Beginning in our 20s, our bodies produce less elastin and collagen than they used to. As the years pass, the production of these skin-friendly proteins continues to drop off more and more.
Additionally, the elastin and collagen that our body manufactures are likely to be weaker and more easily damaged with each passing year. As a result, elastin becomes less resilient. The once rigid collagen framework bends and breaks, leading to wrinkle formations and thinner skin that heals more slowly when injured.
This age-related vulnerability is exacerbated by certain environmental conditions, including:
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage the structural DNA and collagen in exposed skin. The loss of elasticity and weathered appearance that occur as a result are referred to as solar elastosis.
Losing weight is generally good for our overall health. If it occurs rapidly or a significant amount is lost, though, we may be left with excess, loose skin and stretch marks. This is because our dermal layers stretch to accommodate the extra mass when we gain weight; however, they can have trouble shrinking back to their original shape when we lose it.
The nicotine in cigarettes is not only an addictive stimulant—but it also constricts your skin’s blood vessels. As a result, our cells become starved for vital nutrients, which leads to increased wrinkles and decreased elasticity.
Hydrocarbons and other organic compounds that pollute the air around us can accelerate the aging process and contribute to collagen and elastin damage.
Doctors often perform skin elasticity tests checking for dehydration by pulling on our skin and seeing how fast it springs back into shape. When our dermal cells lack water, the elastin and collagen they contain are less effective.
Elasticity loss, especially when due to damage from UV rays, smoking or pollution, is often irreversible. Therefore, preventing cellular degradation before it happens is crucial to retaining a supple, smooth and toned surface.
Dietary supplements containing collagen can play a significant role in safeguarding your skin health. A review published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD) cited the potential benefit of collagen supplementation. Researchers examined the data from multiple clinical studies and concluded that oral collagen supplements were effective for:
There are seven different types of collagen in the human body. About 90% of this is type I collagen, which helps build skin structure and blood vessels. Type III collagen also plays a role in skin health by reinforcing blood vessel walls and allowing for better nutrient delivery to our dermal cells.
Better Not Younger’s Power Within Skin & Scalp Gummies contain type I and type III marine collagen. Taken regularly as part of a healthy diet, they bolster your body’s natural elastin and reduce aging signs by boosting our own natural collagen production.
When our body’s skin is healthy, our scalp is hydrated and functioning properly. This means increased blood flow, which can deliver nourishment to our follicles, allowing us to grow thicker, shinier hair.
Try our mango-flavored collagen gummies, which are not only delicious, they’re also:
It is easier to slow aging’s effects than to reverse them, so the best time to focus on your skin’s function and appearance is now. Supplement a healthy lifestyle and well-balanced diet with Power Within Skin & Scalp Collagen Gummies to retain and support your skin elasticity.