Saturday, April 11, 2009

Collagen, Elastin, Keratin, Hyaluronic Acid and Skin Care

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Our skin

Amino acid proteins are the building block needed for healthy firm skin. The most important ones are collagen, elastin, keratin and hyaluronic acid.


It makes up about 25 percent of the total amount of proteins in the body. Collagen gives body tissues form and provides firmness and strength.


It is another protein found in the skin and tissues of the body. It keeps skin flexible but tight. Enough elastin in the skin means the skin will return to its normal shape after a pull.


It is another major protein in our skin. It promotes elasticity in your skin and helps hold your skin firmly together and prevent sagging. The loss of keratin is one of the major factors in skin aging and sagging.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid occurs in abundant amounts in many of the places such as the skin. It is needed to cushion and lubricate joints, eyes, and skin and heart valves. It gives the skin its volume and fullness.

Aging of the skin

As we grow older collagen, elastin, keratin and hyaluronic acid production levels in the skin decline. It leads to wrinkles and lines in the skin. Here are some tips to promote the
youthfulness of the skin.

Healthy habits to promote youthfulness of your skin:

  • Avoid free radicals
  • Avoid sun’s rays from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • Exercise regularly ( A major contributing factor in youthfulness of your skin)
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Control stress
  • Drink sufficient water to keep the skin hydrated
  • Have enough quality sleep (A good night’s sleep can erase you wrinkles)
  • Do not smoke
  • Eat less sugar
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables


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