As we get older we tend to gravitate towards skincare products that nourish and replenish the skin - and let’s face it – help to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
One of the first things we’ve been taught to look for in a product is the presence of collagen and elastin. These two very important proteins have enjoyed a well-established reputation as the guardians of youthful skin.
However, what many of us haven’t been told is the collagen and elastin proteins used in most skin care products are too large to be absorbed through the skin. What we really need are products that stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin proteins within the dermis, or outer layer of skin.
Before we consider the key ingredient required to achieve this regrowth effect, it’s important to note just how important collagen and elastin production is when it comes to the health and appearance of our skin.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is one of the most plentiful proteins in the human body and is known as the glue that holds everything together. It connects and supports bodily tissues such as skin, bone, tendons, cartilage and muscle.
There are many types of collagen proteins - some responsible for growth, others for repair. Over the course of our lives different types of collagen come to the fore – but by age 65, all types of collagen are dramatically reduced.
What Is Elastin?
Elastin is another protein found in skin and tissue, helping to keep skin flexible and smooth as it stretches to accommodate normal activities like walking, lifting, talking and eating. When we flex our limbs or pull our skin in any way, it’s elastin that returns our skin to its proper shape.
Collagen works together with elastin, which is why most collagen creams contain elastin too. But as useful as these naturally-occurring proteins are, if they can’t be absorbed through the skin – their presence in skincare products is useless.
How Can We Stimulate Our Own Supply Of Collagen And Elastin?
Leading dermatologists in New Zealand have found that it is actually another protein called keratin that has the ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production and furthermore they have found a way to convert natural keratin into a form that is easily absorbed through the skin.
Based on this remarkable research, Xtend Life’s skincare range contains a key ingredient known as Xtend TK*, which includes bio-keratin - clinically proven to stimulate not only the production of both collagen and elastin, but also the production of new skin cells – leading to healthier, radiant-looking skin.
In addition to any clinically-proven skincare product or supplement, it’s important to remember that many lifestyle factors also influence the performance of collagen in our bodies, so we must ensure that our health regime includes a nourishing diet, regular exercise and ample rest – if we are to obtain the maximum benefits possible.
*To find out more about the remarkable properties of Xtend TK
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