The skin sags and collagen breaks down. Elastin is what makes skin re-gain its collagen and elasticity. Elastin production is stopped by puberty, but can be restimulated by the daily application of creams or serums containing retinoids.
Collagen is an essential element for skin rejuvenation and cellular production. Without collagen, the skin becomes rough and leathery. The non-prescription drug retinol, according to dermatologists, can help. There are prescribed retinoids that are stronger but can cause rashes and irritation.
Free radicals are the biggest enemy of skin, while antioxidants are the heroes. Antioxidants protect the skin from harsh elements. They restrict an enzyme known as elastase that can break down elastin. It is recommended to always choose a product that contains several types of antioxidants, because they can work in the most efficient manner when in synergy. Coenzyme Q10 and vitamins A and C are amazing in this regard.
- eat fish such as salmon, mackerel or tuna
- dark green veggies such as broccoli or greens
- drink green tea.
- avoid sugar, fruit juice concentrated, corn syrup and dextrose age skin prematurely