BEAUTY BA­SICS Col­la­gen and elastin... why should you care?

ELLE (Canada) - - Beauty -

Think of col­la­gen (which lives in the der­mis, the deeper part of the skin) as the stuffing in a mat­tress and elastin as the springs. A new mat­tress is young and taut (see: your eight-year-old niece’s face). When dam­age oc­curs, the mat­tress be­gins to sag and de­flate. What’s the best way to get your bounce back? Use retinol, which is one of the few in­gre­di­ents that can ac­tu­ally help build col­la­gen. Laser treat­ments and chem­i­cal ex­fo­liants, like al­pha-hy­droxy acids, also help get skin rem­i­nisc­ing about the good old days. h

TRY NeoS­trata Smooth­ing Cream ($39); Neu­tro­gena

Rapid Wrin­kle Re­pair Serum ($30).

For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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