Youthful skin has three substances in abundance – collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. These three skin components keep the skin looking smooth as satin and free of fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen provides the flexible and structural support for the skin framework, holding it in place. Elastin, the partner to collagen, provides the elasticity and bounce-back-ability of the skin. Hyaluronic acid maintains plump, vibrant skin cells that hold water in the cells to give it a smooth appearance.
Collagen is a protein found in tissue. It makes up skin, muscle and bone. So far, scientists have identified 29 different types of collagen. The predominant collagens in the body are made up of types I, II, III, and IV. Type I makes up skin, tendons, organs, bone, ligature and vascular tissues.
Tough bundles of collagen fibers give skin cells structure from the outside and certain types of cells also have collagen inside. Collagen has tensile strength which allows the skin to move and flex without damage. It is also the main component of skin cells. Along with soft keratin, it gives skin strength and elasticity.
Elastin is also a protein and it allows the skin to return to its original shape after stretching and contracting. When the skin is pinched or pulled, it snaps back into place. Both collagen and elastin rely on water and low free radical damage to retain their integrity and composition.
Hyaluronic Acid is present in large quantities in the skin and other tissues. It is the stimulus that draws water to itself and aggregates up to 1000 times its weight in water due to its highly negative charge. Hyaluronic Acid is an important component in tissue repair. When the skin is exposed to UVB rays in excessive amounts the skin becomes inflamed and burned. This stimulates an inflammation reaction which reduces the amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin and increases the amount of hyaluronic degradation byproducts in the skin. This is the first step in the aging process.
As the hyaluronic degradation by-products and other free radicals accumulate in the skin, the fluid around the cells becomes clogged with this toxic material, in addition to whatever soaps, cleansers and cosmetics we put on the face and other skin surfaces.
With sunlight, product applications, and other factors, our skin becomes more clogged with toxins and begins to have less collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid within itself. The skin begins to lose its glow, along with its smooth, satiny appearance and suppleness. Fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear which deepen over time.
The bones and musculature of the face also shrink when the body loses more water and the diet takes its toll. Over time, the fat pads in the cheeks can succumb to gravity and start to droop. The shape of the face begins to change, creating an appearance of hollowness under the eyes and folds of skin that appear and extend from the sides of the nose to the mouth, downward to the jaw, creating the development of jowls.
By using the Iyashi Wand to clear the energy debris on the face, the hyaluronic degradation by-products can begin to move and the intracellular water can begin to clean up. Free radical damage can reduce and the skin can begin the repair process. By drinking lots of clean healthy water, you allow the skin to renew itself in a more efficient way. Wanding the face with the Iyashi Wand can help keep the debris moving and give the face more energetic circulation which improves the physical circulation. Repair can move into high gear and the body starts producing more hyaluronic acid which, in turn, improves all of the body structures, especially the face.