Collagen is the fibre in our skin that gives it strength whereas elastin provides the stretchability and snap-back. Having good levels of both fibres is important for reducing wrinkles, keeping the skin from sagging, and increasing blood circulation to the skin. It gives the skin elasticity and firmness.
Both collagen and elastin are degraded by smoking and sun exposure.
Studies have shown that toxins from cigarette smoke lead to the breakdown of collagen proteins themselves. Smoking has been linked to a decrease in collagen synthesis, leading to premature skin aging and further internal damages.
In the case of sun protection, using a good sunscreen is vital. But remember sunscreens aren’t anywhere near 100% effective and can often give us a false sense of security.
Many protect our skin from burning but not from ageing. It is important to boost your sun protection by wearing good, wide brimmed hats and choosing to sit in the shade where possible.
Elastin is affected by dehydration so it is crucial to keep your water intake up and moisturize your skin. When the skin lacks moisture, it cannot repair itself and gets even more damaged.
A lack of sleep & poor sleep quality are also a key factor in the breakdown of elastin, as is causing stress through an increase of cortisol.
Collagen is degraded by sugar.
Sugar oxidises and latches on to our collagen fibres then attaches to another collagen fibre causing them to become entangled and inflexible. Try to cut down on sugar where you can. This can be difficult at first as you have to overcome the cravings. But as time goes on, it does get easier so it is worth the effort.
HOW TO BOOST YOUR COLLAGEN?
Bestow Beauty Collagen Boost has an counteract the effect of sun exposure on our collagen and elastin fibres. Typically collagen and elastin, when exposed to UV become abnormal or degraded. Taking these types of collagen powders, help their recovery.
LED Therapy uses clinically proven therapeutic light energy to trigger the skins natural rejuvenation and repair processes without pain or downtime.