It is one of those burning questions we all ask as we age—can we really turn back the clock? Is it possible to look ageless?  Although we can’t literally turn back time, scientists are learning more about the important role that collagen and elastin play in maintaining our youthful look.

Collagen is a protein that is found throughout our bodies and is the primary protein in our connective tissue. It is what gives our skin firmness and that soft supple appearance.

Elastin is also a protein in our connective tissue and it contributes to giving our skin structure. It is what helps our skin snap or bounce back after stretching.

When we are born, our collagen and elastin are abundant. But, after the age of 20, we begin to lose them at about 1% a year. This may not sound like a big number but over time our skin begins to show the result of their loss. It comes in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. And factors like our diet, sun exposure, and the environment further weaken the skin’s support system of collagen and elastin—accelerating the skin’s aging process. The loss of collagen does not just affect our skin but also our bones, muscles, and organs.

This may sound grim but don’t despair, it is never too late to seek out products that can optimize your collagen and help slow down the visible signs of aging. Skin care products with powerful antioxidants are one of the best defenses in slowing down collagen degradation. Antioxidants fight the free radicals that rob our healthy cells and begin a cascading effect that breaks down our collagen. One of the world’s most powerful antioxidants (Xanthones) comes from the fruit of the Mangosteen. Xanthones reside in the outer rind called the pericarp and are responsible for helping our cells fight free radicals, which in turn helps reduce collagen breakdown. The oil of the Pericarp is composed of nutrient rich antioxidants, vitamin C, fatty acids and minerals. These beneficial components help to promote collagen renewal, soften the texture of the skin and give the skin a more resilient tone.

Reducing the inflammation on the skin is also paramount to slowing down the degradation of collagen, as well as supporting collagen and elastin renewal. Research shows that Mangosteen has properties that inhibit the release of prostaglandin which has a link to inflammation. Applying topical products that contain Mangosteen can help keep the skin in balance, keep it protected and help the skin defend against further destruction.

Also don’t overlook the benefit of including foods or supplements that are rich in collagen-boosting ingredients such as amino acids and antioxidants, which inhibit damage to collagen and help to support collagen renewal.

With the addition of Mangosteen, you can look and feel as if you have turned back father time on your skin!