According to the July 2010 issue of Skin Inc magazine, these vital proteins are naturally broken down as we age. Enzymes called collagenase and elastinase will break down collagen and elastin and be major factors in the development of wrinkles. UV light from the sun, free radicals (Reactive Oxygen Species) and inflammation from immune system activity will all contribute to the activity of these enzymes so further degrading the structure of the skin.
Once again, the body’s natural defenses against the enzymatic destruction of the skin protein decrease with age. Luckily we can inhibit these enzymes with certain ingredients. Ingesting green tea, pomegranate, aloe vera, turmeric and rosemary will slow down skin protein destruction and in some instances also stimulate collagen and elastin production.
Elastin and collagen are also affected by decreases in estrogen associated with menopause. Phytoestrogens are plant substances that act like estrogen in the body. The isoflavones in kudzu root, lotus leaf and soy are commonly used phytoestrogens that have been shown to help women during menopause.
Topically, well formulated Vit A (retinaldehydes like Osmosis Renew), peptides (like Regenerative Firming Mask), hyaluronics (like Dermist HA), and stem cell activators (like the new Cell Youth Actif) have been shown to increase production of collagen and elastin. Check out the Blue Turtle Spa Online Shop.
Always check with your physician before adding new herbs or supplements to your diet. The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions.