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Is our skin elastic?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Your skin is elastic. A protein called elastin gives your skin the ability to stretch and move without breaking or tearing. Elastin also makes your skin smooth and even in color. Unfortunately, starting in your mid- to late-20s your skin loses elastin, becomes less elastic, and doesn't snap back as easily. Still, good skincare practices can help your skin stay healthy and beautiful.
Susan Evans
Dermatology
As we age, the cumulative effects of sun damage, weight fluctuations and genetics all may have a profound effect on the appearance of our skin. These changes effect the elasticity of our skin. Elastin fibers within our skin are similar to miniature rubber bands or coils contained within our connective tissue throughout our body. While collagen is an important part of the building blocks for our skin structure, Elastin is also an important protein, produced by fibroblasts, that allows our skin to return to its original shape after stretching or contracting. Elastin also keeps skin smooth as it stretches to accommodate our daily activities, during flexion, extension and strenuous physical activities.

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