MYTH BUSTER: What nobody understands about skin firming and loss of elasticity
One of the questions we get asked most is: how do I get firmer skin/stop my skin from getting saggy? We also get a lot of people asking about anti-ageing skin care products to address concerns about saggy skin on the face and neck. So we thought it was about time we took on some of the myths about skin firming products. Because a lot of us are getting it wrong. We need to understand what causes a loss of elasticity and sagging skin, and what we can do help our skin regain its firmness.
What do we mean by sagging skin?
When we talk about sagging skin, we mean skin that seems to have lost some of its elasticity and perhaps isn’t as taut as it used to be. Maybe you have excess skin on your jaw or chin or under your eyes. It may look like your skin has become a bit hollow and even that there are folds in your skin where it is sagging.
Why do you get sagging skin?
As you age, your skin changes. Under your skin is collagen and elastin, both of which keep your skin looking and feeling tight and plump. Collagen is a natural filler under your skin. As your collagen levels decrease, it can make your skin feel hollow and the skin saggy. This is coupled with the elastin, the fibres that make your skin resilient, stretch and bouncy, also deteriorating. The result is sagging and dull skin.
What causes sagging skin?
Although your collagen and elastin levels naturally decrease as you age and your cell renewal levels get slower, there are also other factors to sagging skin. Sun damage over time can attack the collagen in your skin, so when your skin ages and the collagen production naturally decreases, your skin cells can’t produce as much as quickly to replace those cells destroyed by sun damage. Smoking, diet and lifestyle can also affect collagen and elastin levels. If you lose a lot of weight in a short space of time, as you get older your skin doesn’t have the natural resilience to bounce back, so you can be left with sagging skin. Free radicals caused by the skin’s exposure to pollutants every day can also be a problem.
Can you tighten loose skin?
Naturally your skin will age and produce less elastin and collagen. You can give your skin a helping hand to stimulate collagen production and help to firm sagging skin. Keeping skin healthy will help to tighten loose skin. You can also protect your skin against further damage by using the right sun protection and antioxidants to fight against free radicals. Changes to diet and lifetsyle, such as giving up smoking, can help sagging skin.
Can you really build back skin elasticity and firmness?
It is possible to encourage collagen and elastin production, which will help with skin elasticity and firmness. Also changes in diet and lifestyle can also help with skin firming. If you have had extreme weight loss, your skin may not regain all of its elasticity. As you age, you will naturally experience changes to your skin, like fine lines and wrinkles, which is totally natural. What you can do is build back some of the elasticity and firmness to have healthy and happy skin.
How can you stimulate collagen production?
You can help to stimulate collagen production over time by using specific skin care products. At Jersey Beauty we don’t believe in turning back the clock or anti-ageing miracle products but we do know that healthy skin as you age can have increased levels of collagen production.
One of the most powerful ingredients for collagen production and skin tightening is retinol - a form of Vitamin A. This powerful active ingredient has remarkable results for many people using products with a high concentrate of Retinol.