It’s no secret that as we age, skin loses its firm, youthful appearance, sometimes causing our skin to appear loose and saggy. This is simply a natural part of the aging process. A healthy dose of acceptance is good for the soul, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do all that we can, internally and externally, to keep our skin looking and feeling its best. In this blog, we’ll review some of the most important preventative measures you can start today, along with simple, yet effective at home skin tightening treatments. So, before turning to expensive cosmetic procedures, give these a try!
What Causes Saggy Skin?
There are numerous factors that cause skin to appear loose and saggy. However, the natural aging process plays the leading role. As we age, our body produces less elastin and collagen, which then conspires with gravity, causing the skin on our face to appear less firm and sometimes saggy. This is predominately noticeable in the lower area of the face, such as the jowls.
However, there are also factors within control that can have a negative effect on the way our skin looks. These factors include smoking, unhealthy diet, sun damage and air pollution.
How To Prevent Saggy Skin, Naturally
Preventative measures that help you to maintain youthful looking skin are often overlooked, until it’s too late. But they can go a long way in helping you maintain your best-looking skin, now and for years to come. Lifestyle choices such as smoking, excessive sun exposure, lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet can accelerate collagen and elastic degradation. To minimize visible signs of aging such as loose skin, experts recommend these tried and true preventative measures:
Protect Your Skin From The Sun
Excessive sun exposure can accelerate the rate at which collagen and elastic break down, causing the skin on the face, neck and chest to form wrinkles and appear saggy. Daily sun protection in the form of hats, protective clothing and SPF are a non-negotiable if you want to minimize these visible signs of aging. We recommend using a broad-spectrum SPF, applying not only to your face but also the neck and chest.
Eat A healthy Diet That Supports Your Skin
When looking into skin tightening treatments that can help firm saggy skin, think of food as your internal treatment, helping to make everything else that you do, work even better. Research has shown that unhealthy foods, high in sugar and refined ingredients, have a negative effect on our health, which undoubtedly affects the way we look. This is why we recommend consuming organic, nutrient-rich whole foods at every meal, avoiding processed foods that contain highly-refined ingredients such as oils and added sugar. Make sure each meal contains a variety antioxidant-rich leafy-greens, healthy fats and a high-quality source of protein. Drink filtered water throughout the day to maintain optimal hydration. We recommend look into the basic principles of an anti-inflammatory diet to help you choose foods that support skin health.
Maintain A Consistent “Beauty Sleep” Schedule
There’s good reason why they call it “beauty sleep.” Science shows that when you sleep, your skin cells regenerate, your body produces collagen and human growth hormones are released. Healthy adults need 7-9 hours of quality sleep, on average. Set an alarm that reminds you to go to bed and wake up the same time every day and enjoy the well-rested glow!
Moving your body on a daily basis, whether it’s a brisk walk or vigorous workout, will not only benefit your overall health, but also help to prevent saggy skin. Regular physical activity helps your body to burn fat, improve muscle strength and deliver oxygen and nutrients to your cells, including the ones in your skin.
Avoid Hidden Toxins
We all know that smoking and heavy alcohol consumption are bad for our health. However, there are also hidden toxins in everyday life that we need to be aware of so we can minimize our exposure to them. You may be surprised to learn that everyday household products such as cleaning products and laundry detergent can contain hidden toxins in the form of artificial fragrance. For that reason, we recommend avoiding all products with artificial fragrance. This also includes air-fresheners and scented candles.
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4 Effective At-Home Skin Tightening Treatments
Let’s review how you can tighten skin on your face, naturally. These easy at-home treatments support your skin and promote the look of firm, glowing skin in the comfort of your own home.
1. Exercise Your Face Muscles
Facial exercise helps to strengthening the muscles in your face, which in return helps to firm and tighten the appearance of saggy skin. You can find a video tutorial that walks you through 6 simple facial exercises to help tighten skin at home here.
2. Give Yourself A Weekly Face Firming Massage
Facial massage has numerous benefits. It supports healthy lymphatic drainage, smoothes the look of wrinkles, imparts a natural glow and of course, reduces the appearance of saggy skin. It is best to massage the face using gentle movements and light pressure, making sure to never stretch the skin. And always apply a high-quality facial oil before massaging. This not only helps to prevent tugging, but also provides deep nourishment and moisture. If you prefer to use a massage tool, we recommend trying a gua shua stone. You can find a video that explains how to perform a face firming massage at home here.
3. Invest In An At-Home Facial Contouring Device
A microcurrent device uses low-voltage electricity to stimulate the facial muscles. And the good news is that devices that use microcurrent technology no longer require a visit to a professional. You can purchase an at-home device to help to stimulate the muscles in the face, which in return help to minimize visible signs of aging such as saggy skin. With consistent use, microcurrent helps to give the appearance of firmer, more youthful-looking skin.
4. Apply Proven Topical Nutrients To Your Skin
We’ve all heard about the benefits of eating nutrient-rich foods. Well, it just so happens that applying topicals nutrients to our skin has major barrier benefits, such as firming the appearance of skin. Skin-loving nutrients such as vitamin A, C and E are some of the most highly recommended for targeting visible signs of aging – as well as extensively studied for their skin beautifying-effects.
Studies show that topical use of vitamin C not only helps to improve the look of skin firmness, it evens out the appearance of skin tone and lightens the look of dark spots. However, vitamin C is notoriously unstable when exposed to light, air and water, so opt for a stabilized form of vitamin C, such as tetrahexydecyl ascorbate. And make sure you’re using clean skincare formulas that are free from questionable ingredients that do more harm than good, such as fragrance and PEG’s.
Skin Tightening Treatments: The Bottom Line
We get that visible signs of aging aren’t always welcomed with open arms. But let us kindly remind you that when it comes to the way you look, a healthy dose of acceptance is good for your mind, body and soul. We should not aim for perfection or unrealistic results, after all, skin is a living organ and signs of aging represent a life lived. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care for your skin the best you can. So next time you perform a facial exercise or apply your vitamin C serum, repeat after us “I am beautiful just as I am.” Because you really are!
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