There are numerous reasons and methods surrounding sagging skin around your face and neck. It’s one of the most common corrective measures women take to enhance their appearance and turn back the clock. According to statistics posted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2017, 17 million women sought out Botox in order to tighten their sagging skin on both their face and neck! Despite Botox being a quick fix, there are many natural ways which are not widely known to get rid of sagging skin.
It requires time, dedication, and sacrifice to improve your skin and apply anti-aging techniques that don’t cost a fortune. When you try these tips, not only will you get rid of sagging skin, but your overall health will improve as well.
What Causes Skin To Sag As We Age?
Paying attention to your face and neck areas as time goes on will certainly help boost your mood and increase the likelihood that you adhere to safe and natural skincare regimens to last a lifetime. Here are reasons why your skin begins to sag as you age:
- Loss of collagen that naturally occurs with the aging process
- Loose skin accumulated from weight loss
- Too much sun exposure over the years
1. Limit your sugar intake
The negative effects that sugar has on your overall health is astounding, and when it comes to your skin it does more harm than good. Regular sugar consumption starts a process in our digestive system called glycation that results in AGE’s (advanced glycation endproducts). These AGE’s break down the collagen that your body produces even faster than it should and it prevents it from being reproduced as regularly as it needs to, resulting in saggier skin and the appearance of wrinkles. As you eliminate sugar, the production of collagen will recalibrate and both your skin and body will increase in strength and become more hydrated.
2. Use coconut oil
Coconut oil is the ultimate moisturizer due to its consistency and healing properties. When you apply coconut oil on the skin it fills the pores and wrinkles that may begin to appear keeping the skin smooth and hydrated, which is very important. Also, the fatty acids present in coconut oil can penetrate the skin due to its low molecular weight, unlike all water-based moisturizers, and they can protect your skin’s natural proteins.
3. Wash your face twice daily
It is important to take a few extra minutes to remove makeup prior to bedtime, and after a full night of sleep. When makeup is applied to the skin it slowly gets absorbed through the pores--and because almost all make-up products contain harsh chemicals--this adds and contributes to the oxidative stress that the skin cells go through on a daily basis. Washing your face twice per day with a gentle cleanser will assist in keeping your skin’s pores fresh and clean.
4. Increase your antioxidant intake
Because the skin is the largest organ in the human body and is exposed to oxidation the most, this means your skin gets damaged just by going through your daily routine. Add foods that are rich in antioxidants to help fight the damage that oxidative stress has done to your skin. Eat lots of blueberries, grapes, strawberries, blackberries, red kidney beans, spinach, and kale.
5. Anti-aging firming cream
Firming creams can provide the subtle differences in tightening up loose skin. Some even minimize the appearance of cellulite. Keep in mind, though, that these results can take time and require patience. To get the most out of your firming cream, choose one that contains these anti-aging ingredients: retinoids, collagen, and natural ingredients.
Aging is not always friendly to your skin, as it begins to dry out and starts to lose its moisture and elasticity. That’s why it’s so important to give your skin the moisture it needs to stay plump and healthy. This firming cream is a powerhouse that hydrates and locks in moisture to reduce the signs of aging for a fresh and youthful appearance. If you use it daily as part of your healthy skincare regimen, saggy skin and wrinkles will decrease over time.
6. Beta carotene and vitamin A
Whether you take supplements or not, it’s vital to include a healthy dose of beta carotene, which is present in many foods. Also, vitamin A can prevent and repair the aging of the skin, which is why we often see it as a main ingredient in many anti-aging skin moisturizers and sunscreens. Beta carotene has been proven to block the sun’s ultraviolet light from damaging and aging the skin and vitamin A stimulates collagen production and elastic fibers in the skin. Good sources are foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, cantaloupe, and apricots.
7. Facial exercises
Just as your overall bodily muscles respond positively to exercises by firming and toning, your facial muscles respond to exercises as well. In fact, muscles form a strong foundation for the skin, so when the muscles lose tone, the skin will automatically follow and start to sag. The theory behind facial exercises and face yoga is that they can tone the facial muscles, improve blood circulation, and tighten the skin.
8. Try cucumber juice
Cucumbers and cucumber juice work miracles when it comes to skin care. They are abundant in the mineral silica which is an essential component for healthy skin tissue, and ascorbic acid which can prevent water retention in the skin. When applied topically--whether as a facial mask or moisturizer--cucumbers can draw out toxins from the skin’s pores and tighten collagen beneath the skin.
Sagging skin is caused by several factors, including thinning of the epidermis--which is the surface of the skin--and collagen loss. Why skin sags and how you can firm up your skin as you age depends on your diligence in adhering to a continual wellness plan that caters to your face, neck, and overall body.
If you’re ready to turn back the aging clock, all it takes is practice, patience, and perseverance. You can do this!