As you age, your skin’s ability to repair itself and remain plump and tight diminishes due to dwindling supplies of collagen and elastin proteins. As these essential proteins decrease, muscle tone in your face is affected. Sagging of your skin ensues, along with wrinkles and fine lines. By staying hydrated and incorporating keratin and vitamins A, B and E into your skin care routine, you can combat skin sagging.
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Moisturize daily with a product that contains vitamin C and alpha hydroxyl acid. Alpha-hydroxyl acids are natural fruit acids and can lift away the top layer of dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of sagging and wrinkles. Consistent use of such products could help tighten wrinkled, sagging skin.
Use a moisturizer with keratin. Keratin is a protein found in your skin’s outer layers. As keratin enters your skin, it pulls moisture into the deep layers of your skin, stimulating the production of new cells and fibers. As your skin ages, the production of these fibers slows, resulting in thinning and sagging. Skin care products featuring peptides and retinol, can also smooth skin and build collagen. Continued use may result in increased moisture and added firmness in your skin.
Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water to help flush toxins naturally. Keeping your body hydrated helps maintain moisture in your skin, which is essential to improving elasticity. Drink at least 64 oz. of water daily. Keep your salt intake to a minimum, as salt tends to dehydrate you.
Apply vitamin E to your skin, in lotion or oil form, or ingest it as a pill. Vitamin E protects skin cells and promote healing. Topical use of vitamin E as a lotion is effective in reducing the appearance of age spots and sagging, as the skin is able to directly absorb it. Dietary sources of vitamin E include almonds, mangoes and kiwi fruits.
Take at least 700 mcg, for women, and at least 900 mcg, for men, of vitamin A daily, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends. Vitamin A repairs and maintains skin tissue and may reduce lines and wrinkles. It can be found in liver, whole milk, eggs, and carrots.
Apply moisturizers rich in niacin, a form of vitamin B, as they may slow down aging and prevent sagging skin. Niacin also helps your skin retain moisture, so creams containing this nutrient can help your complexion look plumper, firmer and younger. Vitamin B and niacin may also facilitate an even skin tone and prevent swelling and irritation of your skin.
Make an appointment with your plastic surgeon. Use liposuction to vacuum out excess fat and tighten your sagging facial skin. Or schedule a botox or platysmaplasty treatment to smooth out wrinkled skin and reduce rolls.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- American Academy of Dermatology: Mature Skin
- DermNet NZ: Aging Skin
- SkinCarePhysicians: Changes in Skin Care Can Soothe Aging Skin
- Good Housekeeping; "Sagging Skin: What You and Your Doctor Can Do"; Holly Crawford
- Medline Plus: Vitamin A
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Osteoporosis
- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; "Dietary Nutrient Intakes and Skin Aging"; Maeve C. Cosgrove et. al.
- Cleveland Clinic: Treating Aging Skin