Stop Aging Skin! CHECK IT OUT!
By Anna Margolina
But what if we could restore those 'rubber bands' that pull the skin back when it is younger? If we could do this, not only would we manage to eliminate loose and sagging skin, but we would achieve overall improvement in its appearance, making it smooth, supple and elastic.
There are two kinds of proteins that make the skin resilient, firm and elastic. They are called collagen and elastin. Collagen molecules look like long spirals that form a supportive net within the skin. They make the skin firm, smooth and resilient. Elastin molecules look like short squat coils. They just sit there, doing nothing, but their power becomes apparent when the skin is pulled or pinched. Yes, it is elastin coils that act like rubber bands pulling the skin back.
So you see, both collagen and elastin are required to keep your skin firm and elastic. However, it is easier to stimulate collagen synthesis than it is with elastin. This is why when the skin starts to sag, most methods of rejuvenation fail to restore its elasticity.
Another problem is excessive skin. When flaps and folds form, the skin becomes stretched. Unless you surgically cut the excess skin, those flaps and folds remain.
You'll be happy to know though that there is a much gentler way to produce visible results for improving the elasticity of your skin. Tune in to next's month column to find out what that is.
The answer lies in a natural process called skin rejuvenating. It starts after wounding, injury or excessive stretching of skin such as after pregnancy and weight loss.
If you have ever given birth, you remember how your tummy looked right after delivery. Yet, within a year or two your skin was back to normal. Somehow your body was able to remove excessive skin and tighten it up. If you were able to recreate this process in your aging skin, you would not have to worry about wrinkles.
The same is true with wounds. If you observe a healing wound, you will see that your skin is pulled tighter around it. Often the area around the freshly healed wound looks smoother, firmer and tighter than the surrounding skin. This is because not only elastin, but also collagen is produced and reorganized.