Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It’s your shield against the elements. It’s what you show to the outside world. When it comes to your skin, you always want to put your best foot forward.
Did you know that the innermost layer of your skin consists of proteins like collagen (80% of your skin’s structure), which helps with firmness and strength, and elastin, which provides elasticity and helps your skin stay tight?  It’s important to maintain the health and integrity of these proteins to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. But, how?
Keep reading to find out.
What causes the loss of elasticity in the skin?
Changes in the integrity of our skin are a natural part of the aging process. Your skin’s elasticity is its ability to stretch and snap back into its original shape. When we lose this elasticity, it’s called elastosis, a condition that can make skin look saggy, crinkled, or even leathery.
Many factors can cause our skin to lose elasticity and tightness, such as:
- Excessive sun exposure. We’ve all heard time and time again to make sure you lather up with sunscreen before going anywhere. That advice is science-backed. The sun we love and crave emits ultraviolet radiation (UVR) that can destroy collagen and elastin fibers needed for skin elasticity and strength. 
- Air pollution. Senescent cells are special cells that, at some point, stop multiplying yet don't die off. Instead, these cells remain, releasing chemicals that can trigger inflammation. Recent research discovered that air pollutants promote this cellular senescence and thus premature skin aging. [10,11]
- Poor nutrition. Healthy eating affects more than you might think. A balanced diet can help reduce the loss of collagen, so a poor diet speeds up that loss, leading to premature aging, wrinkling, and sagging. 
- Smoking. Tobacco smoke has a ton of harmful chemicals in it that degrade the building blocks of your skin, leading to premature aging and wrinkles. 
- Weight loss. A healthy loss of weight can be a good thing, but in some cases, it can leave you with lots of loose skin.
- Dehydration. If you’re not drinking enough water daily, you may notice that your skin is dry, flaky, and wrinkled. Ever heard of the ‘skin pinch test?’ This test measures skin turgor, or skin elasticity, and follows that the more hydrated you are, the more elastic your skin - easily bouncing back into place after pinching it. If you’re dehydrated, the skin takes longer to return to normal. 
- Stress. Did you know your skin is an immediate stress perceiver? Stress increases the production of cortisol which worsens inflammatory responses in the skin, leading to premature collagen and elastin breakdown, thus a loss of firmness and tightness. Plus, stress is often correlated with red, sensitive, and acne-prone skin.
- Collagen degradation. Keep reading to learn more about how you can lose collagen.
How can I get that elasticity back?
The good news—elastosis doesn’t have to be permanent. Your skin’s elasticity can be improved, and elastosis can even be prevented.
Wondering what to do? Check out some of our researched suggestions to get started.
1. Relieve Your Stress
We want to dial the stressors down. Here are some ideas to do just that:
2. Get More Sleep
Beauty sleep is real.
Sleep is a foundation for not just general health and wellness, but your skin, too. While you’re getting in some quality snoozes, your body is working overtime to detoxify your skin and other organs, removing waste, repairing cells, rebuilding collagen, and even reducing wrinkles and age spots. It’s pretty easy to tell if you got a poor night’s rest when your skin isn’t giving an “I woke up like this” appearance: [15,16]
So, make sure you’re getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep each and every night. It’s also good practice to wash your face before turning it in, making sure to put on a topical overnight moisturizer to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
3. Start Eating Healthier & Stay Hydrated
Opt for antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory foods. You’ll want plenty of phytonutrients and polyphenols to help promote healthy skin cells. That means lots more nutritious plant dishes—fresh fruits, yummy veggies, herbs, spices, teas, and more.  Try incorporating foods like:
A balanced diet for skin health also means staying hydrated! For super soft, supple, tight skin, your body needs H2O. Drink 8 glasses or more every day. When you’re thirsty, listen to your body. Drink up! Hydrating foods like cucumbers or apples are great, too.
To further a healthier diet, add a daily multivitamin. You’ll want one that includes vitamins like A, E, and C. Why? These types of vitamins are helpful in fighting free radicals and oxidative stress, supporting a normal inflammatory response, promoting a healthier skin barrier, and even helping the natural turnover of skin cells—all vital processes in overall skin health. 
Our Pattern Wellness Multivitamin is formulated for whole body health, with a high potency of 19 naturally-derived essential vitamins and minerals.
4. Take Collagen Supplements
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, decisive in things like skin physiology, skin structure, and cartilage. It is an essential powerhouse compound in our biological makeup that is jam-packed with amino acid goodies like Glycine, Proline, Hydroxyproline, and Arginine. [2,5]
Why is that important? Those rich amino acids help you stay healthy. More specifically, those amino acids are keeping your hair, skin, nails, and body tissues strong. 
As we age, collagen production begins to decrease—typically by the age of 60. But collagen depletion can happen at any age from naturally occurring environmental factors, among other things.
Why is this a problem? Collagen is the ‘glue’ that holds it all together, maintaining your skin’s strength and flexibility. When the integrity of collagen in the body declines, your skin loses elasticity, wrinkles can form, and cartilage can weaken.[1,3]
That’s where Pattern Wellness Collagen Peptides come in.
What are Collagen Peptides?
We’re so glad you asked.
Collagen peptides are a hydrolyzed form of collagen. They are made from the same amino acids as collagen, however, collagen peptides are more easily absorbed by the body. 
Collagen peptides come mostly in the form of powder and can be added to almost anything—water, smoothies, your morning coffee, and even your favorite recipes. They are convenient and easy to use to supplement your body’s natural production of collagen.
Our Collagen Peptides Powder is made with a formula you can trust—certified hormone-free, flavorless, USA-manufactured, and 100% non-GMO—so you can maintain skin elasticity and smoothness with ease for a glowing, youthful look.
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