As we age our skin loses its natural elasticity and begins to sag. This is a natural part of the aging process. Collagen and elastin production slow down and the wear and tear begins to show. That is the bad news. The good news is that we can age with a youthful appearance, vitality and grace. Our pudges and sags can be greatly reduced with a variety of skin care strategies.
Factors That Contribute To Sagging Skin
Time and gravity are the main culprits. There is little we can do about them. However, there are many other factors that contribute to sagging skin that we can have some control over; like smoking, sun exposure, sleeping positions, and habitual expressions such as frowns.
Variations in weight contribute to sagging skin as well. Weight gain increases the mass and the skin grows to adjust. Then, when the weight is lost, the skin sags over the area of loss. Muscle loss is another factor in sagging skin. Muscle loss increases fatty areas under the skin and causes a loose droopy appearance.
We Can Help Reduce The Sagging
With all these forces against us, what can we do to keep our skin healthy, tight, and vibrant? Luckily, there are many things you can do, and they are quite effective. Sag-reducing activities range from things you do on a daily basis to speciality treatments that help restore your skin to its youthful beauty.
Things To Avoid
Everyday activities can help greatly with sagging skin. For starters, try to avoid damaging activities. Protect yourself from sun over-exposure. Too much sun dries up the skin and damages the skin cells. Don’t let yourself get dehydrated. Our skin cells need water. Lack of water is another damaging skin condition. If you feel thirsty, your skin feels thirsty! Try to avoid excessive weight gain and loss–big ups and downs loosen the skin. The first step in treating sagging skin is to avoid these damaging situations.
Incorporate some skin-loving activities into your daily routine. Taking action is the second step to fighting the sags and pudges. Benefit the skin by taking these positive steps to better skin health.
Wash and moisturize before going to bed each night. Use a high quality skin cream with retinol, vitamin C serum and alpha or beta hydroxy acids. These high quality creams are extremely beneficial and provide your skin with proven skin care ingredients.
Exercise, especially with weights, helps the skin stay tight and healthy. Keeping muscle mass has an indirect benefit on the outer skin. If you don’t want to go to the gym, buy a couple of bar bells and use them at home regularly.
See A Skin Care Professional
There are many reasons to see a skin care professional. Few of us are blessed with amazing natural skin immune to time and gravity. Very few.
A skin care professional can help you set up a program that will help you stay looking your best.
Many skin care services may help with sagging skin. Exfoliating peels can be very beneficial for tightening facial skin. In general, any type of facial can improve the appearance of facial skin. Radiofrequency skin tightening procedures may help tighten up skin in other parts of the body. Laser resurfacing and dermal fillers are also options at many local spas. And for extreme situations (we generally don’t recommend invasive treatments) plastic surgery is an option.
See A Skin Care Specialist
A skin care specialist will be able to help you develop a program that fits your skin profile and budget. Your skin is important, professional consultation can put you on a program that can help you look wonderful.*
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