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Incorporating certain foods rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins into your diet will help defend against sagging skin. Here are quick and easy suggestions that you can do today to ensure healthier, tighter skin in the future.
Firmness Takes a Hit
As people age, skin begins to lose tightness, firmness and elasticity. This is because collagen and elastin start to break down. There is also a decrease in the underlying bone and muscle mass as we age. “Think of your skin as a pillow and your muscle and bone mass as the stuffing. As the stuffing gets older and begins to shrink and reduce, the pillow loses its firmness. The same happens with skin,” Pindak says.
Improve Your Odds
The things you generally do to keep yourself healthy are important -- healthy diet, exercise, avoiding the sun. All of these general good-for-you lifestyle habits are really helpful.
Your Morning Routine
Depending on your skin type, you might get away with splashing water on your face in the morning. Also, always remember sunscreen in the morning. And exfoliate. Depending on your skin type, it's usually good to exfoliate about once a week.
Your Evening Routine
“The evening cleanse is your most important cleanse,” says Pindak. But the evening is when you are taking off all of the makeup and dirt buildup of the day. Make sure to use a moisturizer and take the time to massage and really work the product into the skin.
Targeted creams are really important. “Now I say this with a caveat: There is not one miracle cream that can restore collagen and elastin overnight,” says Pindak. “But there are creams and specific targeted ingredients that can make a difference when used over time and in combination with the other tips we're talking about.” One of the key ingredients dermatologists often talk about is vitamin A, which is retinol. This is known for its ability to stimulate collagen and elastin fibers. Another is antioxidants. Vitamin E is an excellent example of a natural antioxidant that is in a lot of different
face and body creams.
Sensible Diet Is Key
“You'll want to make sure your diet is low in processed sugar. This is key because processed sugar actually contributes to skin breakdown,” Pindak says. You'll want a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables. Interestingly, the most important nutrients to include in your diet are vitamin C and zinc because they both contribute to the rebuilding of strong collagen.
Water Is Your Friend
Dermatologist after dermatologist says water is really the key to preventing the sagging and breakdown of skin. Water basically hydrates your cells and helps them function properly. It also flushes away toxins. When your skin is dehydrated, it's unable to perform key functions like building collagen. Dehydration can cause the skin to look like it's sagging and loose.
Lose Weight, But Skin Says, Wait
When people are losing weight, they are often also losing muscle mass, especially if they are just dieting. Exercise increases muscle mass, so it's like increasing the pillow stuffing. Strengthening and toning the muscle fills out the skin. Find exercises that suit your body and tone your muscle.
People often over-cleanse their body. A lot of dermatologists say you don't need to go overboard scrubbing your skin raw every day. Instead, pay attention to places where sweat gathers. You can actually lose a lot of hydration in your skin during your shower from using soap. So after showering, immediately apply moisturizer to lock in the moisture. Moisturize often, and look for really hydrating ingredients like aloe, hyaluronic acid, cocoa butter and shea butter. These really help trigger collagen production or restore the skin's elasticity.
As soon as you see signs of it, incorporate a healthy regimen to help stop the problem. A lot of times women get frustrated and end up going to extremes -- scrubbing as much as they can, trying as many products as they possibly can. Often this just irritates the skin more and causes more breakdown and more damage. And finally, keep in mind that eating well, exercising and good skin regimens are not overnight fixes. It will take a few months to see results.