Supporting your skin is very important, and sometimes simply giving your skin the nutrients with diet, oral supplementation and IV nutrients is all it takes to create that glowing, firm skin. Understanding how skin is made will guide us on how to have healthy beautiful skin.
Collagen is a key component to skin structure, and contributes to the skin being firm. Collagen production gradually declines as we age. This can lead to skin becoming thinner. Amino acids proline and lysine make up the collagen protein but these amino acids need to be converted to their hydroxy form first. Vitamin C is required for the enzyme hydroxylase to function. In a study done by Yale showed that vitamin C may help stimulate fibroblasts create collagen.1
Elastin and fibrin are proteins that can help skin stretch and rebound to its original position. It is important that we are not deficient in the proper amino acids like glycine, valine, alanine, and proline so that elastin and fibrin can be made.
It is also important to understand the things that damage our skin. Oxidative damage, inflammation, and glycation (too much sugar attaching to protein) are some of the biggest contributors to skin damage. Fortunately, diet and lifestyle habits (like exercise, limiting alcohol) and IV nutrients are great ways to help combat these skin damaging factors.