If you find you have lost some of your skin elasticity through the normal aging process, taking supplements may be the answer to improving your skin's ability to stretch. However, keep in mind that most available supplements have not been scientifically proven to help skin elasticity. That means that many of these remedies are likely based more on old wives' tales than on lab tests, so your personal results will vary.
Since the body uses vitamin C to form collagen and cartilage, some people believe taking the supplement can also help treat problems with skin elasticity [source: Medline Plus]. People have been taking vitamin C for ages to help reduce the risk of getting a cold. Reportedly, it can also help our bodies to absorb iron more quickly and avoid some infections. Therefore, even if it doesn't help restore your skin's elasticity, a daily dose of Vitamin C might help you in other ways.
Vitamin E is also said to help improve skin elasticity, though, as with other supplements, this has not been scientifically proven. The vitamin's antioxidant properties may be able to benefit a variety of conditions. However, be careful and always follow dosage directions, since taking too much vitamin E can be dangerous [source: Mayo Clinic]. Read the supplement's bottle to know the correct dosage amount, and do not exceed it.
Another supplement used to slow physical signs of aging is lutein. It is used commonly by people who are experiencing macular degeneration, an eye disease in which severe vision loss or blindness can occur. But lutein, too, has not been scientifically proven to stop or reverse skin elasticity problems [source: PDR].
If you aren't interested in taking supplements to combat loss of elasticity, creams are another option. Visit the following page to learn about improving skin elasticity with topical treatments.