The Importance of Elastin Structure for a Youthful Appearance

When skin loses elasticity, wrinkles form more easily. Elastin is an insoluble rubber-like protein that gives elasticity to tissues and organs.

What is the structure of elastin?

Elastin fibers are arranged in cross-linked coils, unlike collagen which is comprised of dense fibrous bundles. This gives elastin the ability to take a more linear formation when stretched, then recoil back to the random coil structure.

Collagen and elastin are similar, but elastin can be more easily stretched and is less abundant in the body. Both collagen and elastin production decreases with age, making skin sag.

Elastic fiber is composed of an elastin core with microfibrils on the periphery. It also is composed of desmosine and isodesmonsine, unique amino acids.

Why is the structure of elastin important?

Elastin allows the blood vessels, lungs, cartilage, and skin to reverse deformations. A decrease of or change in elastin could cause aneurysms, pulmonary emphysema, and other pathological conditions.

The skin has three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutis.

  • Epidermis – top layer of skin comprised of hard, flattened dead cells.
  • Dermis – middle layer with living, larger cells.
  • Subcutis – bottom layer where new cells grow and push to the skin’s surface.

The dermis is the layer of thick, sturdy connective tissue and contains the meshwork of collagen and elastin fibers. The meshwork that consists of tiny lymph and blood vessels allows the skin to breathe and be nourished.

How to restore elasticity

Elastin products are overrated, because the elastin molecule cannot penetrate the skin. Using topical products formulated with antioxidants, like Vitamin C Ester, is more effective.

For example, Dr. Perricone’s High Potency Amine Complex Face Lift can help restore skin’s elasticity. High Potency Amine Complex Face Lift is a powerful dermatological-grade face treatment formulated with higher levels of anti-aging ingredients than in other Perricone products.

This is similar to original Amine Complex Face Life but with:

  • 16% more DMAE- for an elegant, chiseled, smooth appearance
  • 700% more Vitamin C Ester – to minimize deep lines and wrinkles, resurface skin’s texture and effectively diminish discoloration for vibrant, glowing skin.
  • Pycnogenol- to address loss of elasticity and brighten skin’s appearance.

With HP Amine Complex Face Lift, maintaining and improving facial skin’s structure is possible.

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22 Comments • Please comment below


  1. I am 33 years old but I have a black circle under my eye, eye bag and worse of all wrinkles underneath my eye. I am also
    Starting to have wrinkles on my forehead. I have tried a few product but nothing seems to work.. Please let me try you product.

  2. Would love to sample this . Sixty this May.
    Loss of elastin and would like to find a product that would help restore this problem.


  3. I would love to try this! I believe in the importance of preventing wrinkles, although I have young skin it is exposed to the elements, wind and sun on a daily basis.

  4. I’m 36 and starting to see those pesky lines show up. I keep to a good facial routine day and night and would love to try this product as well as some acne products and anything you could suggest. I have heard good thing about Dr. Perricone and think I need to see what all the buzz is about.

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  6. I will be 51 this year and have noticed some fine wrinkles that are starting to appear, I need a good product to get rid of what may become unfixable wrinkles in a few more years–I want to stay young looking for as long as I can! I believe that Perricone will be my best bet!! Thanx

  7. I have been on antbiotics for 2 years now for my dermatitis (bad skin) and would love to give your products a try. I would love to get off the medicines. Please help! Thanks


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  11. I was looking through your website, and I love the products that you have offered. I have not had a lot of luck with other companies products, and think I would do well with yours. I would love to be a product tester.

  12. I use a collagen elastin moisturizer and I know that it works! I am 29 years old with medium to light toned skin prone to freckles in the summer so the elastin moisturizer is very important to maintain a wrinkle-free face and neck and it helps to eliminate freckles.

  13. I have heard of how important elastin is in the skin but I have never tried a product that claims to restore elastin. I would love to test this product before buying.

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  18. I can see a loss of brightness in my skin. This product looks great!

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  21. I am a young 54.The years in the sun are starting to show with some discoloration and a few fine lines.I would love to try something that really works!

  22. I won’t mind being a tester.