Or maybe skin sagging just can’t be reversed?
If you think about it sagging skin is pretty much at the root of skin aging. Wrinkles, fine lines, bags under the eyes and more are really just the visible evidence of skin sagging to one degree or another. So let’s examine what causes sagging skin and what you can do to correct it.
Skin sagging is the visible expression of ageing. As you age your skin starts to lose some of its natural components such as collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are both extremely important skin proteins which have a major role in maintaining skin elasticity and suppleness.
If your skin is supple and elastic then it won’t sag. The elasticity shall ensure that your skin remains firm and strong and sag free. And when you were young this was the case.
When you were young your skin was plump and healthy. However, sadly for us, levels of these essential skin proteins start to decrease when we are in our 30s, and by the time we have reached middle age the levels of collagen and elastin are greatly decreased.
There’s a range of reasons for this, age being the first. However there are other reasons as well, and in particular getting too much sun. Sun exposure can break down collagen and elastin and this contributes to the problem. Too much exposure to the sun, or what is technically termed photo ageing, can accelerate loss of collagen and elastin. (And this can be reversed!)
And there is also evidence that smoking will do exactly the same thing.
As our levels of collagen and elastin decline, and as skin loses it’s youthful elasticity, it begins to sag and to form wrinkles and lines. Different women will see the results in different places. Whether it’s under your eyes, your neck, around your mouth or in other areas, wrinkles or just downright sagging gradually begin to develop.
So what can you do if you’re noticing your skin sagging and wrinkles forming? Obviously you can’t turn back time, but you can start to develop an awareness of the problems of excessive sun exposure and smoking. If you smoke and you care about your skin you need to stop. And avoid sunburn like the plague.
And how do you start to restore the declining levels of skin elastin and collagen? Good question, and one which has engaged the attention of science for many years.
If you examine many of the mainstream skin care products on the market you will see collagen and elastin listed on the label. It’s been known for some time that putting elastin and collagen on the skin doesn’t help restore skin collagen and elastin because the molecule size of these 2 proteins is too large to enter the skin. They just stay on the surface.
In fact the reason you see them listed on the label is to sell more bottles of product.
Fortunately some very clever scientists have found a way to stimulate the skin to grow more of it’s own collagen and elastin. Some outstanding natural skin care products achieve this by use of a a very clever combination of natural ingredients including the essences of Japanese seaweed, the wool of sheep and much much more.
And research has shown that using ingredients that are designed to stimulate the skin to grow more collagen and elastin really does work to improve skin elasticity and to reduce wrinkles and skin sagging.
There’s some very clever scientists out there. There are also some very clever marketers, and you need to know that buying skin care products containing collagen and elastin does very little to improve your skin levels of these proteins. But it sells lots of skin care products.
Education is important, and the same applies to skin care. Good skin care requires some effort, and includes some simple lifestyle changes like staying out of the sun to avoid sunburn, eating more fruit and vegetables and less saturated fats, stopping smoking, using high quality natural skin care products and also supplement in your diet with high quality Omega3 essential fatty acids.
The Omega 3 fatty acids are a big part of optimum skin care as well.
We won’t be silly enough to tell you that if you do all this you’ll have skin like a baby. Some of the effects of ageing on your skin cannot be reversed, however some can. If you make your best efforts you can reverse the effects of ageing to a degree and also to a degree reverse skin sagging.Written by - Natural Skin Health