What Causes Loss of Firmness?
Learn what factors cause saggy skin and how to reduce the damage.
- Ageing – saggy skin is caused by two age-related factors; loss of collagen and facial fat. As you get older, your skin loses collagen and elastin; the fibres that give young skin its resilience and bounce. These help to keep your skin soft, plump and radiant.
- Gravity, facial movement and sleep position are often described as the main causes of drooping of the eyebrows and eyelids, and loose skin under the cheeks and jaw.
- Weight loss – sagging skin is common as we age, however it is often most visible following any substantial weight-loss.
- Poor diet – according to experts, a high sugar intake in all its forms (corn syrup, cane sugar etc.) is not only the number one reason why we fail in our fight for the perfect body; it can also significantly damage our skin.
- Genes – are a major factor when it comes to determining when your skin will show the first signs of ageing including wrinkles, sagging and losing elasticity.
- Sun exposure – sunbathing without the right protection is viewed as high risk by skin experts, as the sun exposes you to U.V radiation that essentially bombards the proteins in your skin (including collagen) and destroys them directly. This can lead to reduced skin elasticity and pigmentation – and even skin cancer.
How to avoid loose skin?
Workout, eat, repeat!
To protect your skin from premature ageing and losing firmness, start by making some simple amends to your daily routine.
First off, learn how to manage a healthy diet and lead an active lifestyle.
Cutting out harmful ingredients such as sugar will not only improve your skin’s appearance from the inside out, but will also reduce the risk of weight gain that might later result in excess saggy skin.
Instead, try super-foods such as blueberries or grapes, which are not only sweet enough to satisfy your cravings, but will also keep you feeling young & healthy.
To give your body an extra boost of energy and improve your skin’s firmness and elasticity, try to spend at least 30 minutes of your day performing simple exercises like an after-dinner walk or some slow-paced jogging.
If you are worried about your skin’s elasticity when losing weight, start by planning some additional activities, such as an intense gym workout. This will help you to reduce your fat levels and get lean.
Although cosmetics solutions like firming cream can do wonders for your body, a 45-minute gym session combined with a high-protein diet will give you the best possible results when in comes to soft
and elastic skin.
Loose skin under the chin (often described as turkey neck) can also be easily fixed with the help of some simple face muscle gymnastics i.e. facial yoga and by using right neck firming cream.
Protect yourself from sun for younger looking skin
Did you know that sun’s UV rays are to blame for 80% of the signs of ageing, including wrinkles and reduced skin elasticity?
Whilst getting a deep tan might sounds tempting, you need to be aware of how much the sun affects your skin and your overall health.
To reduce the risk of premature ageing, try to avoid sun bathing during peak-hours (10 am to 4 pm) and always use the right protection (your sunscreen’s SPF should be at least 30).
Get yourself a beauty sleep – every night!
According to experts, your sleeping position plays a significant role when it comes to the ageing process. Surprised?
A good night’s sleep helps your skin to restore itself and rebuild its elasticity. While lying on your side, you’re crushing your face against a bristly pillow, which can easily lead to a loss of circulation in the facial area. This can affect the production of elastin and collagen and can accelerate the formation of permanent lines, leaving your face looking older and less healthy.
Although changing our sleeping habits may be challenging, you can start by swapping your old, cotton pillow for a satin pillowcase. This has been shown to aid deep, calming beauty
Supplements & treatments to help you improve skin firmness
Vitamins for skin elasticity
To achieve younger looking skin and improve its firmness, you might want to consider food supplements and vitamins for skin elasticity. These include chewable collagen tablets that can help you to maintain young, vibrant looking skin and reduce the visible signs of ageing.
Massage for breasts after breastfeeding
If you’re worried about the appearance of your breasts after giving birth, start with simply massaging them with on a daily basis to increase circulation and relieve the lymphatic build up. You can also try anti-ageing and firming creams that help to repair your décolleté and improve the skin tone.
Skin Tightening Treatments
The non-invasive INTRAcel and ULTRAcel treatments make use of Radio Frequency and High Focused ultrasound, which can penetrate to controlled depths to stimulate collagen growth. Lower levels of the dermis produce new collagen, which ‘plumps’ the skin from below, helping to tighten and smooth the skin from the inside out.