How to Treat Sagging Skin
Loose or sagging skin is one of the most common problems as we age. For us to be able to treat or prevent sagging skin, it is important that we know the different factors or causes why our skin sags.
Why Does Skin Sag?
♦ As we age, our underlying structure such as the soft tissues, fats, and bones also loss volume. There is also this collagen and elastin in our skin that gets weak, causing the decrease in skin’s density and resilience. The skin becomes less firm and less able to retain its shape.
Causes of Sagging Skin
♦ There are many factors that affect the way the skin looks from the outside. How your skin ages will always depend on your lifestyle, diet, environment, and your habits.
- Sun and the Skin – Sun is one of the major causes of skin aging. Over time, the sun’s harmful UV light damages the skin’s elastin that causes the skin to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to “snap back’ after stretching.
- Loss of Collagen and Elastin – Collagen and elastin is the reason why your skin is firm and has its natural elasticity, As you age, you simply can’t produce enough collagen and elastin or the production of your collagen and elastin becomes less. As this happens, the skin has a hard time bouncing back from contracting into facial expression, stretching, and exposure to environmental elements. Without enough collagen and elastin, sagging as well as fine lines and wrinkles can be more of a permanent result.
- Weight Loss – The loss of a large amount of weight over a short period of time can also be the cause why your skin sags. People who lose a lot of weight quickly with extreme diet and exercise and those who undergo bariatric surgery are left with sagging skin.
- Smoking – Aside from its negative health effects, smoking can also contribute to sagging skin. A study shows that smoking dries out the skin and increase effects of premature aging, leaving you with fine lines and wrinkles.
Despite all these skin-sabotaging factors, you are not necessarily stuck with skin that’s gone slack.
There are ways on how to prevent and treat sagging skin.
Preventing Sagging Skin
You can’t prevent your skin from sagging as you grow old. However, there are healthy habits that you can start practicing right now to slow the process and reduce its visible effects.
- Avoid sun damage. Extreme exposure to the sun is the number cause of premature aging. Always protect our skin by applying a sunscreen and wearing protective clothing and sunglasses whenever possible. Avoid sun exposure when it’s at its peak (11 am to 2 pm).\
- Quit smoking. The second biggest cause of premature aging is smoking. If you are a smoker, quit now, it only dries out your skin and makes you look old and stressed out.
- Don’t forget your skincare routine. Make sure that your skincare regime includes exfoliation. Keep in mind that the skin needs proper hydration and rejuvenation session.
- Go on a healthy diet. Eat a healthy and balanced diet that supports skin with vitamins A, C, and E, amino acids, silicon, and zinc. Ditch fatty foods and foods with high sugar content, these kinds of foods can cause increased inflammation and premature cellular damage.
- Stay hydrated. To keep your skin moisturized, you must stay hydrated. Drink adequate amount of water to keep your skin cells firm and plump and to prevent fluid retention.
Treat Sagging Skin
There is no way to completely eliminate sagging skin but there are some effective treatments and even home remedies for it.
Moisturizing and Staying Hydrated
♦ If your skin is just beginning to lose tone, a moisturizer is a good choice as your first step in keeping your skin tight. Pick a moisturizer with vitamin A, vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acid or beta hydroxy acid content, may provide some visible tightening. Staying hydrated is another way to keep skin from having a dry, droopy appearance. Taking antioxidant supplement is also a good step to improve your skin’s overall health. If this step can’t solve your sagging skin problem, you may need to consult our dermatologist to know what other options you have.
♦ Physical activities like doing exercises that tone the muscles beneath the skin can improve sagging skin.
Laser Skin Tightening Treatment
♦ Laser skin tightening treatment will help you look and feel younger by stimulating collagen regeneration under the surface of the skin. Your wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead, around the eyes and mouth, and on the neck and body, fade away as new collagen fills in the skin’s surface.
Natural Home Remedies for Treating Sagging Skin
♥ Egg white – Egg whites contain hydro lipids, a skin nourishing ingredient that helps lift loose skin.
What to do: Simply whisk two egg whites (1 tbsp. plain yogurt, optional) until it becomes foamy. Apply the foamy mixture to your face and neck, leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.
♥ Lemon – Lemon is loaded with vitamin C that helps boost collagen production and astringent properties that help tighten the skin.
What to do: Apply the lemon juice extract on your face and neck, leave it for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing off with water. Repeat this process two or three times a day and follow up with a good moisturizer.
♥ Aloe vera – Aloe vera is a natural skin moisturizer. It contains malic acid that helps improve the elasticity of the skin, that’s why aloe vera is very popular as a home remedy for firming and tightening loose skin.
What to do: Extract the gel from aloe leaf and gently smear it on your face and neck. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Repeat this step several times a week.
♥ Cucumber – Cucumber is one of the best known natural skin toner with refreshing and rejuvenating effect.
What to do: Extract the cucumber juice by grinding half of it. Squeeze it through the strainer to separate the juice and pulp. Apply the cucumber juice on your face and neck; leave it on until it dries before rinsing off with cool water. You can do this remedy once daily.
These treatments and home remedies can help prevent and tighten sagging skin especially if you follow a regular and healthy skincare regime.
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