As we get older, the most obvious signs of ageing are mostly visible through our skin. Say it isn’t so, but losing skin elasticity results in a loss of firmness, the appearance of fine lines, crows feet and deep wrinkles.
So what is Skin Elasticity and why is it important to boost it?
Skin Elasticity is your skin's ability to stretch and then bounce back, the loss of this also known as Elastosis, starts gradually worsening when we reach our 20’s. Younger skin produces plenty of Collagen and Protein which helps the skin retain its firmness, as we age these nutrients slowly decline. Other factors such as stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy diets, smoking , excessive eating etc. also contributes towards Elastosis.
So how do we go about maintaining healthy and firm skin? Read on to find out!
Retinol to the rescue
A form of Vitamin A, Retinol is recommended by many dermatologists and skin specialists as a crucial nutrient for improving skin elasticity. It aids with reducing fine lines and wrinkles by producing more collagen. It also stimulates the production of new blood vessels which helps with the skin’s complexion. Retinol is strong and makes your skin sensitive to the sun, therefore should not be used during day time. For best results include a retinol based serum or moisturizer to your night time skin care routine.
Vitamins work wonders
Vitamins are vital nutrients that are known to improve your skin. Be sure to have your daily dose of Vitamin A, C and E, in the form of food or supplements. If you do plan on taking supplements for your vitamin intake, do consult a doctor or physician so that you can be prescribed the most suitable pills for your body.
Exfoliate your way to better skin
As we grow older, our skin's ability to naturally renew cells significantly decreases which can lead to tired, weary and dull skin. Regularly exfoliating can remove the dead skin cells from your skin making your skin look nourished and radiant. For best results, exfoliate at least twice a week in the mornings. Avoid exfoliating everyday as this can strip your skin of its natural oils causing skin irritation, inflammation and breakouts.
Lower your levels of Stress
Relaxing your mind, body and soul is beneficial to your overall well-being but does wonders for your skin! Minimizing stress and anxiety as our body contains a stress hormone called Cortisol which when increased, breaks down Collagen in the skin. The more stressed you are, the more Cortisol your body produces which leads to sagging skin, wrinkles and fine lines. If you are constantly feeling stressed, find out what the stress trigger is and find solutions to help you relax. Engaging in some mediation, yoga or even regular workouts have been proven to be effective ways to rest and rejuvenate your mind.
So long, Sun!
Try to avoid overexposing your skin to the sun. Sunlight contains harmful UV rays that reduces the skin's elasticity causing it to prematurely age. When heading outside be sure to wear an effective sunscreen that is either SPF30 or SPF50 that will help reduce the damage caused to your skin by UV rays. For best results apply a moisturizing day cream, followed by Sunscreen.
Add in the Antioxidants
Antioxidants found in Vitamin C & E and Carotenoids help your skin maintain its elasticity over time. Try to eat a wholesome meal, with ingredients that contain a lot of Antioxidants. For best results try to switch your cup of Coffee to a Green Tea, which contains an array of powerful Antioxidants.
No to Nicotine!
Smoking narrows blood vessels and decreases blood flow which therefore results in lowering the chances of nutrients and oxygen reaching your skin. Cigarettes also contain many harmful toxins that reduce and damage Collagen.
Start a Skincare Routine
A consistent skincare routine is your stepping stone to glowing skin! Try to stick to a morning and night routine using products that benefit your skin. Cleansers, Toners, Moisturizers and Serums, when used correctly can help retain your skin’s moisture and elasticity.