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Understanding How Collagen and Elastin Support Healthy, Youthful Skin

Aug 02, 2023
Understanding How Collagen and Elastin Support Healthy, Youthful Skin
Collagen and elastin are important building blocks that keep our skin full and smooth. As we age, however, these proteins decrease, resulting in wrinkles and sagging. Read on to learn more.

It's easy to take our skin for granted but in reality it's pretty amazing. Not only is it the body's largest organ but each inch contains 19 million skin cells, 1,000 nerve endings, and 650 sweat glands. It also renews itself every 28 days. Collagen and elastin are two proteins that help make up the skin and play an important role in keeping it youthful looking and healthy.

 At Cascade MedSpa & Laser Centre in Baxter, Minnesota, our expert team provides a friendly atmosphere and personalized treatment and education plans for all our patients. Whether the goal is rejuvenation of the skin, hair or body — or all three — we can help using our over 13 years' experience along with state-of-the-art technology and FDA-approved products.


Our skin may not get the same amount of attention as our heart or brain, it is still crucial to our health. It performs a number of critical functions including protecting against germs and regulating body temperature. It's also what allows us to touch things and feel sensations.

 The skin consists of three layers — the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis — and is composed of water, protein, fats, and minerals. The epidermis, or top layer, makes new skin and provides the skin's color along with serving as a protective barrier. 

The middle layer known as the dermis grows hair, makes oil, and produces sweat. It also contains blood vessels and nerves as well as collagen and elastin which help keep its youthful glow. 

The hypodermis or bottom layer of skin contains connective tissue along with fat that cushions the muscles and bones. It is also the place the nerves and blood vessels connect to the rest of the body and where body temperature gets regulated.

Collagen and elastin

Collagen and elastin are both proteins that are found in the skin as well as other parts of the body and play important roles in our health.

 Collagen makes up about one third of the body's total protein and is found in the skin, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues as well as the organs, blood vessels, and lining of the intestines. It provides strength, structure, and support. When it comes to the skin, it aids in new cell growth, helps replace dead skin cells, and plays a role in giving the skin a fuller, younger looking appearance.

 Elastin is a stretchy protein that can expand and contract as needed. It helps give the skin its elasticity and ability to bounce back. It is also found in the lungs, blood vessels, and more.

As we age, our bodies do not make as much of these important proteins which can leave our skin with wrinkles, sagging, and other concerns. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available that can increase the production of these crucial building blocks and leave the skin refreshed and rejuvenated.

 If you're seeking smoother, firmer skin and a more youthful look, call our office at 218-454-9999 or click here to book an appointment today and find out which collagen- and elastin-stimulating procedure is right for you.