Elasticity is a scientific means of measuring ‘youth’ – that is how plump or firm is your skin and its surrounding tissue? In youth our skin is firm and supple thanks to high collagen & elastin levels. While collagen plays a structural role, elastin is the ‘bounce’ that begins to lessen as we age. Elastin decline can be slowed by eliminating smoking and sun exposure and increasingly diet is found to play a protective role, particularly foods rich in vitamin A and betacarotene. While research continues into prolonging skin resilience, measuring elasticity gives us a clear picture of your skin’s condition in relation to age. Skin Lab is able to quantify this key factor by measuring the structure and the ‘give’ of your skin, assigning it an elasticity score between 1 and 100, and comparing these scores over time.
Skin elasticity refers to the ability of the skin to stretch and return to its original shape after being pulled or pinched. It is an important characteristic of healthy skin, and is often used as an indicator of skin youthfulness and overall health.
Skin elasticity can be measured using a variety of methods, including the Cutometer, which uses suction to measure the degree of skin deformation, and the Tape Test, which measures skin slackness by measuring the amount of skin that can be lifted and pinched. Another method is the Skin Pinch Test, which measures the amount of skin that can be lifted and pinched and the speed at which it returns to its original position. All of these methods can provide valuable information about skin elasticity, and can help identify changes or signs of aging or skin damage.