Our body makes Elastin Naturally, it is a protein that is always paired with Collagen.
Collagen and Elastin in the skin
Collagen and elastin are what help with skin elasticity, and give it a smooth and plump look. Elastin is one of the main proteins involved with the extracellular matrix. It is found in our connective tissues, as well as the lungs, aorta, and skin. Elastin is what allows skin to stretch and then regain its original shape. It functions in unison with collagen as they are both found in the connective tissue, and perform similar functions. Elastin is actually 1000 times more flexible than collagen. Elastin is more related to surface level and skin function, whereas collagen is involved with skin function and internal issues as well. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is formed through chains of amino acids, such as glycine and proline. These amino acids also act as building blocks for our body. Collagen is responsible for our connective tissue health, strengthening the dermis, anti-aging and healthy skin, preventing fine lines, wrinkling and sagging of the skin, and preventing pain in our joints and bones. Unfortunately, as we age, our collagen production decreases by roughly 1% each year. This is partially how the ageing process begins, and why you may have issues with your joints, bones, tendons, and skin.
Here is an image showing how Elastin works to keep our skin supple.
We need this elastic substance to keep the skin firm and wrinkles at bay!