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Elastin

There are four types of connective tissue in the body. The connective tissue found in bones is rigid, while the connective tissue in cartilage is more pliable and in the blood and lymph systems it is more fluid. The fourth type of connective tissue has a cushiony consistency and is crucial to organ function. Within the body’s largest organ, the skin, this connective tissue provides structure and support, and is comprised of a matrix of fibers. One of these fibrous elements is called elastin.

Elastin is a protein that gives skin its resiliency. Each elastin molecule is highly cross-linked and has the ability to uncoil when stretched and then recoil when relaxed. Working in tandem with collagen, elastin helps the skin to return to its previous shape and tightness after a variety of stresses.

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During an activity like yawning, sitting, or exercise, elastin allows the skin to elongate without tearing. Upon completion of the activity, elastin works to contract the skin while maintaining its smoothness. In the case of inflammation, such as a bee sting, acne, or eczema, the skin swells and then resumes its pre-inflammation texture thanks in part to the elastic properties of elastin. And when the skin is injured - for example, by pinching, wounds or burns - elastin has a fundamental role in restoring the structure to the damaged skin.

Many factors can compromise the skin’s ability to bounce back. Extreme weight gain or loss, including yo-yo dieting, weakens the elastin fibers, resulting in sagging skin and stretch marks. Without protection, the sun’s UV rays can penetrate the skin at the cellular level and break down elastin. The skin often becomes wrinkled and discolored over time due to prolonged sun exposure. Heredity, hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, smoking, stress, and a poor diet may also contribute to the skin gradually loosing its firmness. And because the body stops producing elastin come puberty, aging skin is not as resilient. Common symptoms of diminishing elastin include bags under the eyes, loose jowls, a turkey neck and an overall loss of youthful plumpness to skin.

Because free radicals are known to damage cellular tissue, it is important to reduce their intake.

Certain lifestyle choices will help protect and maintain a body’s reserve of elastin. Because free radicals are known to damage cellular tissue, it is important to reduce their intake. This means avoiding the consumption of chemical additives and chemically-processed foods. Instead, opting for antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts - in addition to incorporating flavonoids in a balanced diet - is recommended. Exercising and staying hydrated not only promotes circulation, it encourages the lymphatic system to drain toxins from the connective tissues and all areas of the body. Inhaling environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke, pesticides and pollution also makes elastin vulnerable to free radical reactions. To further preserve elastin stores, it is beneficial to minimize exposure to airborne contaminants, as well as manage stress, protect the skin from the sun, and get the recommended amount of sleep.

Many anti-aging treatments are designed in part to boost elastin levels so that fine lines and wrinkles are less apparent and the skin takes on a firmer and tighter tone.

The skin care industry offers many solutions for depleted elastin. Serums and creams containing elastin can be applied topically. There are also treatments designed to help the skin boost its own elastin levels. These treatments can come in many forms including cleansers, toners, masks, creams and serums. Many anti-aging treatments are designed in part to boost elastin levels so that fine lines and wrinkles are less apparent and the skin takes on a firmer and tighter tone. Dermatologists also recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis to help reduce potential skin damage that can lead to a drop in elastin levels. This is particularly important for anyone taking medications or using topical products that make the skin more sensitive to the sun. By combining an effective skin care regimen that includes both preventive steps and treatment products along with a healthy lifestyle, people of all ages can help keep their elastin at the healthiest levels possible as they age over the years.

Elastin gene therapy research is ongoing. The goal is to be able to harvest cells to grow into connective tissue that can be implanted into a body. In addition to bone, cartilage, and organ repair, elastin gene therapy would have a significant impact on the skin care industry.

  

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Refresh, hydrate and firm your eye area using sonic technology.
$185.00
CS039
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Tighten and firm the neck and facial areas.
$59.95
1oz | JE023
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Absorbs immediately, leaving a silky and refined texture.
$92.00
1oz | JM024
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Professionally formulated retinol designed for those with some aging skin concerns.
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1oz | RT002
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A unique toner rich in anti-aging ingredients hydrates, smoothes wrinkles and strengthens elasticity.
$26.50
4oz | PE087
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Professionally formulated retinol designed for those with serious aging concerns.
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1oz | RT003
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This powerful intensifier effectively helps prevent premature slackening of the skin
$74.50
1.0 oz | PE071
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Professionally formulated retinol designed for those trying to prevent aging or with minor aging skin concerns.
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1oz | RT001
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Refresh, hydrate and firm your eye area using sonic technology with this device.
$185.00
CS105
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Eliminate fine lines and wrinkles with this unique anti-aging wrinkle cure concentrate.
$129.95
4oz | JE001
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Get perfectly hydrated, nourished and protected skin with this night cream.
$69.00
1.7oz | YK028
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As Seen on The Doctors - Restore tone and firmness to under-eye area.
$30.00
8 pairs | SI017
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An anti-aging serum that targets fine lines and puffiness around the eyes.
$65.00
1oz | CS040
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A daytime moisturizer that leaves skin nourished, rejuvenated and lineless.
$69.00
1.7oz | YK021
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Enables the delicate eye area to more easily and flexibly cope with movement and environmental exposure.
$60.00
0.5oz | JM025
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Firms, Repairs, tightens and protects against UV damage.
$79.00
1.7 oz | PE068
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A unique, powerful age-defying toner enhanced with resiliency-promoting, collagen-stimulating Vitamin C.
$48.00
6.7oz | JU017
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An eye cream designed to prevent drooping in the eyelid and eyebrow areas.
$44.00
0.5oz | TH046
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Improves signs of skin aging, while deeply moisturizing dry and sensitive skin.
$85.00
2.8oz | OB077
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The light creamy texture is hydrosoluble and cleanses gently and thoroughly.
$32.50
4oz | PE078
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An oil free, lightweight daytime moisturizer for oily or acne-prone skin types.
$50.00
1.7oz | BK110
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This mask provides anti-aging properties to help regenerate the skin around the eyes and lips.
$59.00
0.7oz | MI023
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An anti-aging daily moisturizer designed to improve skin tone and texture.
$125.00
1.7oz | BK128
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Smoothes, moisturizes and combats the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
$42.00
1.7oz | OA004
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A unique brightening mask which helps to hydrate, revitalize, nourish and condition.
$72.00
4oz | BK112
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A lightweight, silky, hydrating antioxidant daytime lotion for oily or combination skin.
$71.00
1.7oz | BK095
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The perfect stand-alone solution for the entire eye area.
$69.95
1oz | JE003
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Replenishes and repairs with a delightful aroma
$83.00
5oz | PE098
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Deeply nourishes and hydrates the hair follicle, in addition to stimulating the scalp.
$38.00
6oz | DG160
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This anti-aging moisturizer helps to firm skin, improve elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
$83.00
1.6oz | JU116
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A powerful, age-defying, anti-wrinkle serum that helps repair damaged cells and dramatically firm and hydrate the skin.
$130.00
1oz | JU038
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This hydrating treatment boosts collagen and elastin for healthy, younger looking skin.
$139.00
4.5oz | BR115
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Helps replenish elastin to support collagen.
$109.00
0.5oz | OB038
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A silky, firming eye cream with advanced elastin-strengthening technology.
$59.00
.5 oz | KE073
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Firma-CELL-4 complex boosts collagen and elastin synthesis.
$52.00
1.5oz | PT091
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Increase collagen and elastin with this peptide blend product.
$92.00
1oz | JM069
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Helps rebuild collagen and improve elastin with 4 distinct wavelengths of red LED light.
$249.00
QL016
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This active regenerating complex helps boost collagen and elastin production.
$52.00
1.18oz | RC011
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A nighttime moisturizer that is proven to boost the production of collagen and elastin fibers.
$50.00
1.7oz | VH060
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This serum stimulates new cells to build collagen and elastin, heal hyperpigmentation and reverse aging.
$125.00
1oz | OM008
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Increases collagen and elastin production and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
$80.00
1oz | QL011
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An anti-wrinkle treatment that also helps to boost elastin synthesis.
$112.00
1.62oz | YK100
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Stimulates renewal and helps develop new collagen and elastin.
$120.00
1oz | HB004
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A unique combination of vitamin C, amino acids and minerals encourage collagen and elastin production and promotes wound healing.
$100.00
1oz | OM013
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Supports natural collagen and elastin for visibly improved volume and lift.
$67.00
2oz | PY1049
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Actively reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and stimulates natural collagen and elastin production.
$121.00
1oz | NZ004
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This serum energizes skin cells to stimulate collagen and elastin.
$60.00
4oz | OY275
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This moisturizing lotion restores softness to dry skin.
$40.00
2oz | GT020
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