Elastin is a protein found in the skin’s connective tissue which gives tissue the ability to resume its original shape after being stretched. It is a protein produced in the connective tissue by fibroblasts. While much attention in anti-aging technology is focused on collagen, elastin is just as essential to maintaining healthy and youthful skin, due to the elasticity it gives to skin.
The amount of elastin in the skin reaches it peak generally around adolescence or early adulthood and then begins to decline. Because this decrease in elastin production does not appear to be related to a loss of the fibroblasts or mutations in the systems that create elastin, it is believed that elastin production can be stimulated or restored to previous levels.
Ingredients have been found to stimulate the production of elastin, such as:
This ingredient stimulates both elastin and collagen production, while also improving the texture of the skin.
Also known as Dermaxyl, this ingredient stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid, in addition to elastin and collagen.
Palmitoyl Pentapeptide – 3
Consisting of five amino acids linked together, this peptide, also known as Matrixyl, increases the synthesis of elastin, collagen, and glucosamnoglycans.
This ingredient is a form of lipodipeptide which has been proven to increase the quantity of elastin in the cells by more than 94%
Zinc Firming Complex
Unique to the Relastin line of skin care, this formula was created to be absorbed quickly into cells, allowing them to produce more elastin on their own.
Developed by researcher in New Zealand, keratin is extracted from the wool of sheep without the use of acid or heat, which makes it useful to the skin in increasing production of elastin.
Certain types of peptides bind very tightly to copper atoms, producing a copper peptide molecule, which has the capability of promoting the synthesis of elastin. For more information please see our page on Copper Peptides