Elastin is an important component in our skin, providing it with elasticity. It is a structural protein found throughout our bodies, even in our organs. It has the ability to stretch and recoil, so it helps our skin and other organs maintain their shape.
Over-exposure to UV rays – like sunburn for example –damages the elastin fibers, and during the healing process the healthy fibers are replaced with a harder, rubbery type of elastin. This contributes to fine lines and wrinkles.
Elastin is usually combined with collagen in over-the-counter skin care products to help reduce the appearance of fines and wrinkles caused by elastin breakdown. It is also available in a variety of formulations through dermatology clinics and spas.