As you age, your skin will naturally start to lose some of its elasticity. Because of this, it’s much easier to start developing lines, wrinkles, crepey skin, bags, and so much more. But if you’re someone who’s wanting to be able to hide your age for a bit longer, you might find yourself desperate to discover ways to improve your skin elasticity or work around the elasticity you’ve lost.
For some people, getting a face or brow lift is enough to turn back the hands of time for them. But if you’re wanting to try something a little more natural or less invasive before taking this step, here are three tips for improving the elasticity of your skin.
There are many products on the market today that claim to be able to plump your skin and improve elasticity. However, many of these items simply haven’t been proven to do what they say they’ll do.
Luckily, there is something that has been proven to help with skin elasticity: retinoids.
According to Brooke Le Poer Trench, a contributor to Allure.com, applying retinoids in a cream or serum can help improve your skin’s elasticity over time. While you can get this over-the-counter, prescription retinoids tend to be more powerful, although they can also be more irritating. But if you’re able to get your hands on a product that contains retinoids, especially for the area around your eyes, you can start to see a difference in skin elasticity when using that product consistently.
Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
There are a lot of things that can further remove the elasticity from your skin that you’re already losing naturally. One of the most common and hurtful things, according to Cynthia Cobb, is sun exposure.
When your skin is exposed to the harsh rays of the sun, premature aging can start taking place, including a drastic reduction in skin elasticity. To prevent this from happening, you should apply sunscreen each day, whether or not you plan to be spending significant time in the sun or not. While sunscreen won’t bring more elasticity to your skin, it can help to prevent any future damage. Use a reliable broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. You want to make sure that you get protection from both UVA and UVB rays to prevent sun damage and premature skin aging.
Another habit that’s very hurtful to your body in general but especially to the elasticity of your skin is smoking.
According to Kevin P. Allen, a contributor to How Stuff Works, smoking is the top reason people experience premature elastosis, or losing the elasticity of their skin. Smoking can cause wrinkles that otherwise wouldn’t have been there and can cause a lot of other damage to the skin. So if you’re currently a smoker, consider stopping for the sake of your skin.
If you’re wanting to help your skin look younger and more elastic, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do just that.
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