Combat Ageing Crepey Skin and Look Younger With Crepey Skin Remedies
Why does skin become crepey as we age and what can we do to stop it? Crepey skin happens due to the loss of collagen in the muscles below the skin surface. Collagen depletes as we age and can be made worse by environmental factors. The problem is worse for women than it is for men because of fluctuating hormones. Menopause, which usually happens between ages 45 – 50 worsens the problem. In this article, we will cover how the skin ages and the crepey skin remedies that will reduce the look of fine lines and sagging skin.
How the Skin Ages
At this time there is no cure for ageing. This might seem like a strange statement but there are plenty of researchers looking into why we age and if we can prevent it. Ageing is when cells stop dividing and therefore regenerating. We don’t know why this happens but we do know that it is a complex and progressive process which affects the skin in several ways. Wrinkles and sagging are primarily caused by photoaging so we’ll be focusing on that here but if you are interested in the aging process I encourage you to have a look at the following link here
Photoaging is the ageing of the skin caused by light, or more specifically UV rays. Throughout our lives, we are exposed to the sun and this has many benefits including:
- Vitamin D absorption
- Positive Mood Stimulation
- And Healthy Glowing Skin!
It also comes with the harm of UV damage to the top layers of the skin which in time causes that crepey skin that makes us look tired. We can’t, and don’t want to shut ourselves away in some dark place to avoid damage, besides have you ever seen some of those mole people who never see daylight, not pretty. So what can we do about this unattractive consequence of ageing while still enjoying the benefits of plenty of sunlight? There are many crepey skin remedies including:
- Nutritional Care
- Sun Protection
- Facial Exercises
- Topical Treatments
- More Evasive Solutions like chemical peels and laser treatments
You may wonder if it’s too late to worry about your nutritional care. I can say for certain that it is never too late to ensure that you are getting sufficient nutrients and feeding your body right. The Mayo Clinic recommends that you get plenty of:
- Fresh Fruit and Veggies
- Dark Green Leafy Vegetables in particular
- Whole Grains
- Nuts and Seeds
Focus on these nutritious foods in your diet to ensure the healthiest skin possible. Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins for healthy skin so make sure you partake in plenty of citrus fruits and vegetables with high vitamin C content like bell peppers, broccoli and green peas. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps fight oxidative stress in the body. Calorie restrictive diets have been found in some animals to aid in longevity, however, it has had varying degrees of success in humans. The best course of action is to follow a balanced and healthy diet that keeps you at a healthy BMI.
We’ve all heard it plenty of times, eight cups of water per day it the best practice when it comes to looking and feeling great. It can seem difficult at times to keep up this level of hydration but there are solutions. You don’t have to drink water on its own, flavour it with lemon juice or other fruit concentrates. That will get you a little extra Vitamin C and the hydration you need. You can also have brothy soups and other zero calorie, caffeine-free beverages that can do the same job.
Taking care of our bodies includes being physically active and the benefits of total body fitness pays dividends to our skin. The most important part of the physical activity is the encouragement of circulation. As blood pumps through our bodies, it nourishes all the cells, including skin cells. The more your blood gets pumping the better your circulation and the more nutrients and oxygen travels to the skin, helping to rejuvenate and plump up wrinkles.
Keeping the muscles toned is also important. The muscles don’t just make you look better, muscle also burns more calories so that your metabolism works at its highest efficiency. Using Yogu or Pilates is a great way of keeping lean and lovely without bulking up. Any bodyweight exercise can keep you looking your best.
Yes, you can keep your face fit too! There are many different facial exercise programs out there that will help keep the face toned and even reverse sagging, wrinkled skin. The premise for each of these programs is the same. You work the muscles under the skin through massage and resistance to build the muscle and encourage circulation in the face. You can do these exercises as you apply your moisturizer in the morning and or evening before bed. Below is a full CTM routine that I highly recommend:
1) Cleans: Using a face cleanser or exfoliant cream, rub into the skin using circular movements. Pay special attention to the nose, chin and forehead. It’s also nice to use a facial brush, a soft brush you can find in most skincare aisles of your favourite shops.
2) Tone: Rinse the face and using a toner, preferably with AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), and a cotton ball, wipe face evenly to clear all remaining debris from face.
3) Moisturize: Using your favourite moisturizer, gently massage the lotion into the face with upward movements. When the face is well lubricated and your fingers are still coated with moisturizer begin the exercise routine. flex the facial muscles, one area at a time and hold them in place with your fingers. Then push against the fingers, trying to pull the muscles in the opposite direction. Ex: Pull your eyebrows up with the sides of your index fingers. Try to pull your eyebrows down, resisting the pull of your fingers. Another exercise to try; Look up to the ceiling and clench your jaw. Run your fingers gently down your jaw and neck while keeping the tension as strong as possible.
You can look online for videos showing even more exercises to keep the muscles in your face as ship-shape as the rest of your body.
As mentioned above, the sun is both our skin’s friend and its enemy. Having that sunkissed look is gorgeous but it is damaging to the skin. UV rays do the most damage to skin and it must be addressed when preventing all sorts of problems for ageing skin. Sunblock is a great strategy but doesn’t work for everyone, a good sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above is paramount for faces. Many moisturizers come with a sunscreen built right in so you don’t have to worry about it too much. Wear sunglasses and hats when you’re out in the high sun times, 10 am to 4 pm daily. It’s also good to wear clothing that will protect you from the harshes sunrays. I’m not saying you can never tan again, just be cautious and go for the lightest tan you will be happy with.
The best way to keep your skin youthful and healthy is to moisturize frequently. Using moisturizers with sunscreen is always the smartest thing you can do because it keeps everything you need in one product, one application. Exfoliation is another way you can revive your skin. Exfoliating sloughs off the old dead skin and reveals fresh new skin while encouraging circulation. Here’s a simple recipe that will both moisturize the skin while exfoliating:
In a small bowl stir together to make a thick paste:
4 tsp. sugar
1/4 cup papaya or pumpkin puree
1/4 cup mashed avocado
Spread over face, massaging into the skin with fingertips for about five minutes. Let sit on skin for 15 minutes. Rinse off in the shower but don’t use soap as this will strip the moisturizing elements of the fruits.
Higher Cost Options
If all else fails to make a difference in your battle against the crepey skin there are some invasive and costly treatments that you can pursue. These next level treatments are costly and you must seek the aid of a professional if you want to try one of these treatments. With any of these types of things, it’s buyer beware. Make sure the professional that you seek out is qualified to do the treatment and comes recommended. Some treatments require a dermatologist:
- Chemical Peels
- ablative or non-ablative laser treatments
- Dermal fillers like Botox or Collagen
- Retin A and other medications
These crepey skin remedies should serve you well and bring back that youthful glow once more.