elastin

noun
elas·​tin | \ i-ˈla-stən How to pronounce elastin (audio) \

Definition of elastin

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

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Vitamin A: 18% of the RDI – contains retinols and retinoids that promote skin collagen and elastin, and also minimizes the appearance of pores. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Are Those Watermelon Infused Skincare Products Worth Your Coins?," 5 Aug. 2019 Long-term exposure to the sun without SPF protection can lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin—proteins in the skin that are responsible for the youthful, full, and bouncy appearance of healthy, young skin. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "What Does SPF Stand For? We Asked Dermatologists," 21 June 2019 Blame the lack of collagen, responsible for keeping skin plump, and the fact that its elastin, which keeps everything tight, is constantly being tested. Jessica Matlin, Cosmopolitan, "Why You Need to Start Using Eye Cream in Your 20s," 9 Aug. 2016 Remember: Collagen and elastin are both naturally occurring protein fibers that help keep skin plump and firm. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin C, the Holy Grail of Skin-Care Ingredients," 23 May 2019 And, yet, dozens of topical growth factor studies show measurable increases in collagen and elastin, and improvements in skin thickness, radiance, moisturization, pigmentation, and texture. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Truth About Growth Factors in Skin Care and Why They're Controversial," 2 Aug. 2018 The procedure heats the skin to induce collagen and elastin formation. Talia Abbas, SELF, "Puffy Eyes, Dark Circles, and Bags: Dermatologists Explain the Difference," 8 Aug. 2018 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

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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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elastin

noun
elas·​tin | \ i-ˈlas-tən How to pronounce elastin (audio) \

Medical Definition of elastin

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

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