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Unfortunately, the more you wear something, the more subject it becomes to damage. The same is true of your skin. After a while, it just stops bouncing back as quickly. However, there are things you can do to help your skin maintain its elasticity. Read on to find out how you can help defend your skin against the culprits of elasticity reduction.
According to a study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, your skin needs 10 to 15% content of water to remain plump. When this content is low, skin may thin out, putting it at risk for sagging and wrinkles. Known causes of dehydration include: exposure to extreme weather conditions, insufficient water intake, poor health, and drinking dehydrating drinks, like alcohol.
The human skin is made up of two proteins; elastin and collagen. Elastin allows skin to stretch and collagen gives skin structure. Unfortunately, as you age your body slows down production of these proteins, and your skin starts to sag. The way your skin ages is determined both by genetics and external factors. While you can’t change your genetic coding, there are some external steps you can take to prevent your skin from sagging.
It is well known that the sun is a main cause of premature aging. Also known as photo aging, sun-related aging breaks down collagen and interferes with the production of new collagen, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin.
If you smoke cigarettes, you can bet that sooner or later, your skin will start to show the evidence. Yellow stains, thinning skin, and lip lines make years of smoking hard to deny. A study in the Journal Archives of Dermatology shows that cigarettes not only inhibit the synthesis of collagen, but also increase the production of an enzyme called matrix metalloproteinases, which can break down proteins in your skin, like collagen. Researchers found that not even sunblock was capable of protecting against these occurrences, and its application did nothing to prevent their development.
Happily, minimizing your skin’s likelihood to sag may just come down to a few changes in lifestyle. Sun protection is a must. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and avoid the sun between 10 a.m and 4 p.m., when its rays are strongest. Make sure to get plenty of fluids, especially those rich in vitamin C, for collagen production, and use moisturizers to keep skin hydrated.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, skin creams containing co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10), alpha-lipoic acid, and selenium may help to repair skin by replacing antioxidant compounds lost to smoking and sun exposure. Laser resurfacing and radio frequency are other options for improving the appearance of your skin.
Do you have any suggestions for keeping skin from sagging? Let us know what you know!