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Skin Elasticity: How Does it Work?

The skin structure is mainly divided into epidermis (the thin, outer layer of the skin), dermis (the thick layer of the living tissue below the epidermis) and subcutaneous tissue (the fat layer).

The dermis is the key to maintaining skin elasticity. It contains collagen, elastin, fibroblasts, and hyaluronic acid. Fibroblasts are responsible for the production of collagen, and collagen accounts for 70% of the dermis. Collagen is an elastic mesh structure supported by elastin. The gaps between the mesh structure of collagen are filled with hyaluronic acid.

Young, elastic skin will bounce back quickly after being pressed because the dermis contains elastic collagen.

Most people don’t know that there is an inseparable relationship between collagen and hyaluronic acid.
With age, UV damage and external pollutants causes the breakdown of collagen and elastin, which leads to the loss of hyaluronic acid and causes the skin to lose its firmness.

The difference between collagen and hyaluronic acid is that collagen is a fibrous protein with elasticity, which is also the key to maintaining the elasticity of the skin. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for water absorption, just like the cushion between the cells filling the dermis. Although the effects of the two are different, they are both indispensable to maintain a youthful looking skin.

Can you improve skin elasticity

Elastosis is the natural process of skin losing its elasticity, causing the skin to look saggy and crinkled and this is accelerated and magnified with sun exposure, pollution, poor diet and smoking. There are skincare products or treatments that can improve the skin's elasticity and lifestyle changes can help to slow down the premature skin aging.

The Taiwan skincare routine is all about finding formulas with proven active ingredients to deliver results for your skincare. Face serums draw moisture into your skin, and effectively delivers hydration. Silk fibroin face serums are proven to significantly improve skin elasticity and moisture in 21 days. Look for other active ingredients in your face serum such as hyaluronic acid / sodium hyaluronate (the salt form of hyaluronic acid) and niacinamide.

Silk fibroin face serums are proven to significantly improve skin elasticity with consistent use.

Face sheet masking is also part of the Taiwan beauty regimen. Regular use of face mask can help maintain skin elasticity. Choose facial sheet masks containing silk fibroin, hyaluronic acid and collagen to boost the collagen levels in your skin.

More importantly, applying sunscreen daily whether indoors or outdoors is essential to prevent UV rays from damaging your skin barrier.

You are what you eat and so is your skin

While it is easy to google all of the skincare products and the high antioxidant and vitamin-rich food you need to consume to improve skin elasticity, consuming high refined sugar food can otherwise hinder your efforts and accelerate the aging process.

The problem with sugar is that it triggers Glycation. During glycation, the sugar molecule attaches itself to other molecules, such as protein and fat. “One of these affected proteins is collagen, which results in loss of the skin’s elasticity.” Glycation also causes free radical formation, oxidative stress and inflammation, all of which accelerate ageing," says Dr Stefanie Williams dermatologist and author of Look great, not done! The Art & Science of Ageing Well. Unfortunately, it does not stay at that, sugar also boosts sebum production, affects water binding and triggers inflammation.

The next time you are thinking of snacking on refined sugar food or ordering a bubble tea, think twice ;)

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