4 Facial Sagging Prevention Tips
One sure sign of aging is when your skin combats gravity and loses. There is not a lot you can do to stop this, unless you find an awesome plastic surgeon. But there are a variety of preventative procedures that might slow the skin sagging process.
The epidermis is the surface layer of your skin and underneath that is the dermis. Collagen and elastin are two proteins are found in the dermis. The epidermis is supported by collagen, while elastin keeps skin tight to stretch and spring back. There are processes that are external and internal that lead to aging of the skin. Your skin begins aging from the minute you are born, and in your mid-twenties, collagen production begins to slow and elastin begins to wear out. This reduces your skin’s ability to spring back. Heredity and genetics play a role in the interior causes of skin aging — they are generally not changeable. However, there are outside factors like smoking and sun exposure that can be changed. Keep reading to learn what else you can do.
Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
Excessive exposure to the sun can not only result in negative changes in appearance, but it can also lead to potentially deadly skin cancer. Collagen is broken down and elastin is weakened through ultraviolet exposure. The result is sagging, loose, rough, and wrinkled skin. You might not notice these effects until years after the damage has happened and it’s too late to fix. You can prevent skin damage by staying out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Also, be sure to apply sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher, every two hours. This should be a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect from both UVA and UVB rays. If you feel that you need more preventative measures, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sun protective clothing.
Don’t Lose Weight Too Quickly
It’s important to try to maintain a healthy weight, but if you lose weight too fast, you can end up with baggy underarm skin and loose skin on your jowls. If you’re young, your skin can snap back after you lose weight, but over the years the skin’s elasticity is diminished. Two pounds a week is a good goal to have in mind.
Stop Smoking/Don’t Start in the First Place
Add “skin protection” to the many reasons you should quit smoking now. Smoking can damage the collagen and elastin of the skin and lead to premature aging. It also causes new collagen production to greatly decrease.
Be Careful of Facial Exercises
Some people believe that facial exercises help the skin, but others think it hurts sagging skin. Making facial expressions repeatedly can etch grooves and lines into the skin. This is especially a cause for concern when the elastin in the skin reduces its ability to spring back.