Skin is our largest organ, representing 12% to 16% of our body weight depending on gender, size and ancestry, and is between 1.5 and 2.0 square meters in area in adults.
Elastin is similar to collagen but Elastin is more flexible and stretchable and maintains our skin’s elasticity. Elastin provides the web that holds skin cells together. When elastin and collagen are abundant and undamaged in our skin, the skin easily regains its shape after being stretched or folded as occurs at places such as at the neck, elbow and around the mouth and on the brow.
Collagen and elastin deteriorate with age causing wrinkles and facial sag, this deterioration can arise early because of poor diet and health or be delayed because we have taken care with our diet and lifestyle choices.
How to Maintain Skin Health:
Diet is an important part of maintaining skin health by providing our body with the vitamins and minerals necessary for Collagen and Elastin production. Foods rich in Zinc and Selenium (Minerals) and Vitamins A, B & C are known to promote Collagen and Elastin and promote strong healthy skin. At City Laser Clinic, we remind our clients that these foods include:
- Fruit, especially, oranges, grapefruits, and mandarins;
- Vegetables, especially broccoli, brussels sprouts, and mushrooms;
- Seafood, especially, tuna and oysters and
- Other lean meat including turkey and other poultry.
Skin Health can also be advanced by:
- Regular exercise
- Avoiding cigarette smoke
- Minimising or abstaining from alcohol consumption and
- Drinking plenty of water, at least 2 litres per day.
At City Laser Clinic, we remind our clients that a healthy balanced diet means that we should not need supplements to maintain good health and vitality.
How does our body produce Collagen and Elastin?
Our skin is rich in small blood vessels (capillaries) that nourish our skin with oxygen and the necessities to maintain cell growth and re-growth including proteins and amino acids.
Elastin and Collagen are created in our body by linking soluble protein molecules, in a reaction with amino acids. Our diet and lifestyle are important factors in determining our health and the volume of oxygen and proteins passing through our blood.
A simple test – A pinch!
Pinching the top of your hand near the knuckles is a simple test of the elasticity of your skin. Pinch and release the skin and note how long it takes to spring back. Compare with friends and family. You will note that generally the younger the person the quicker the skin springs back.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation with the Q-Switched Laser is one of the latest and most effective cosmetic procedures available. This Photo – mechanical laser technology rebuilds Type III Collagen for those looking to enhance their overall youthful appearance and self-esteem. Treatment using the MedLite Q-Switch laser is perfect for those looking for a safe, quick, long lasting procedure to rejuvenate and revitalise their skin .