One perk of being young is having a smooth, firm and plump skin. It is because young skin still have the full power to constantly regenerate itself. Collagen and elastin production, the fibers in the skin that makes the skin elastic and resilient, is still at its peak. But did you know that by the age of 25, collagen production along with elastin, drops a percentage lower and drops more each year onwards?
As age progresses, collagen production slows down and collagen starts breaking down. When free radicals are abundant in the body, it makes more damage on the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin at a pace that the body cannot keep up and repair itself. When this happens, the skin becomes less elastic, less resilient and wrinkles start to appear. It is no wonder why women often fall for anything that promises to make skin young and vibrant.
But don’t worry too much. Here are some expert tips on how to help and keep your skin retain its firmness.
Boost collagen and elastin
Dermatologists are now recommending the use of retinoids and peptides to be included in your daily skin care regimen to help the skin boost reproduction of both elastin and collagen as well as accelerate the renewal of cells. Retinoids are used to be by prescription only but many over the counter products are now available. Applying retinoid serums or creams to the area surrounding your eyes at night also helps to prevent it from sagging. Exfoliation and microdermabrasion can also aid in the reproduction of collagen.
Never forget to put on sunscreen
Sun is the skin’s enemy #1. Exposure to the sun causes the breakdown of collagen and degradation of elastin. So unless you want to hide out all day, never forget to wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 every morning and reapply as needed all throughout the day.
Arm yourself with antioxidants
Antioxidants combat free radicals in your body, the second worst enemy of your skin. If free radicals are left to run wild, they will also cause elastin break down. Antioxidants work best in synergy with other antioxidants so try to get products that contain multiple types like vitamin C and A. Vitamin C is also a critical nutrient for collagen repair.
Choose to moisturize
Moisturizing can prevent dehydration of skin. Dehydration causes oxidative stress that creates free radical build up. Neglecting to moisturize will impair your skin’s ability to restore itself. Choose moisturizers with ceramides, niacinamide and essential fatty acids.
Say no to smoke and alcohol
Smoking will kill you, or at the least kill the collagen and elastin in your skin. Estrogen also decreases when you smoke. These three are in keeping skin firm and elastic. Alcohol causes dehydration which contribute to more free radicals in the body.
Cut back from sweets
Your sweet tooth can do more damage thank you think. Aside from adding inches to your waist, sweets can accelerate premature ageing.
But maybe the best tip to give is to start caring for your skin while still young to reap the harvest on your old age. If you do, you’ll be looking younger than your age when you reach your 60’s. The next best tip? Let Loveli Skin Beauty Centre give you the best skin care treatment and products to make you look your best even when you’re way past your young years.