elas·​tin | \i-ˈla-stən \

Definition of elastin 

: a protein that is similar to collagen and is the chief constituent of elastic fibers

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Experts also recommend creams and serums with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides to hydrate and stimulate collagen and elastin production, plumping up the skin and pushing it away from the pooled blood. Talia Abbas, SELF, "Puffy Eyes, Dark Circles, and Bags: Dermatologists Explain the Difference," 8 Aug. 2018 Boost collagen and elastin with microneedling at home. Adam Hurly, GQ, "How to Get Rid of Acne Scars," 2 Feb. 2018 This triggers the body's wound healing process, stimulating collagen and elastin production. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "8 Things You Need to Know About Microneedling Before You Try It," 28 Feb. 2018 These AGEs accumulate in the skin over time and lead to inflammation and destruction of collagen and elastin. Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNN, "Aging gracefully: Tightening your skin safely and effectively," 16 May 2018 Moreover, the sugar in dairy products causes the body to release insulin-like growth factor, which triggers inflammation and breaks down collagen and elastin. Allure, "Do Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, or Low-Carb Diets Actually Work?," 16 May 2018 Which had the world's largest bank of [stemcells] which helps to generate collagen and elastin. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Story Behind The Cate Blanchett ‘Penis Facial’ Controversy," 16 Mar. 2018 The stem cells are said to help build collagen and elastin, which make skin appear younger and glowing. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett’s Skin-Care Secret Is Penis Facials," 14 Mar. 2018 During glycation, sugar molecules bind to and damage proteins like the collagen and elastin that give your skin its firm, youthful-looking structure and elasticity. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "Improving your diet can also improve your skin | Miami Herald," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of elastin

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elastin

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin elasticus

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elas·​tin | \i-ˈlas-tən \

Medical Definition of elastin 

: a protein that is similar to collagen and is the chief constituent of elastic fibers

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