Elasticity or the skin’s ability to snap back after being stretched plays a major role in having younger-looking skin. The sad part is, loss of elasticity happens over time, as a part of the natural aging process. This can then lead to skin creases and wrinkles, including crow’s feet and smile lines.
Why do we lose skin elasticity?
Aging is one major culprit because the production of collagen and elastin (essential proteins that keep skin strong and tight) naturally depletes with age or over time. Other factors that can affect skin elasticity include:
- Sun exposure
- Improper skincare or poor skin care habits
- Lack of sleep
What can help with skin elasticity?
Here are some tips that can help improve skin elasticity:
Eat healthy foods
Loading up on foods with high water content and antioxidants can increase your skin’s elasticity and moisture. Good choices include cucumber, berries, celery, pumpkin, broccoli, and sweet potato. It is also advisable to consume foods high in healthy oils such as salmon, almonds, walnuts, and olives.
Just be sure to steer clear from those loaded with sugar, salt, and carbs. Some of the worst foods for your skin include processed meats, fried foods, white bread, chips (and high-sodium dips), soda, alcohol, and sweetened teas.
Apart from boosting your endurance and lowering your risk of certain diseases, daily exercise can also help improve your skin elasticity. This is because it boosts blood flow to your entire body and skin. This only means that more nutrients and oxygen is delivered to your skin cells.
You don’t necessarily have to go to the gym to get moving. You can still be physically active by walking (whenever possible), taking the stairs, running/jogging, or turning household chores into exercise time. You can also take advantage of free workout videos and embrace at-home workouts.
Quit (or never start) smoking
Other than compromising your overall health, smoking also accelerates the formation of wrinkles and premature skin aging. It deprives your skin of oxygen and nutrients, as well as damage both collagen and elastin fibers.
Do your skin a favor by quitting smoking or never start smoking in the first place. You can talk to your healthcare provider for finding ways in kicking the habit.
Get adequate sleep
Many amazing things happen in your sleep, one of which is helping your skin repair daytime damage. Your skin also makes new collagen during sleep, minimizing wrinkling and sagging.
This makes it important to get adequate sleep every night (seven to nine hours). You should also avoid staying late at night or early morning, as this can negatively affect skin elasticity and collagen production.
Use anti-aging products
Apart from wearing sunscreen daily, you should also include anti-aging products in your skin care routine. One good option is Dr. Sylvia’s Fibroblast Growth Factor Serum. This stimulates new collagen growth while blocking collagen and hyaluronic acid breakdown that inevitably caused by aging.
Also, this serum provides age-delaying effect and healing benefits. It acts as a stem cell activator that can help reactivate collagen, increase dermal activity, and slow down age-related degradation of the skin.
Consider Juvederm Volite
Juvederm Volite is an innovative anti-aging injectable treatment made of hyaluronic acid or HA (naturally produced by the body). When injected into the skin, it combines with the water in the skin to improve its elasticity and hydration. It can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and even out skin depressions.
Volite stimulates the body’s own natural collagen and can be used on the face, neck, décolletage, and hands. Clinical studies suggest that its results can last up to nine months and provide significant improvement in skin quality for up to six months. This eliminates the need for multiple treatments.
You may see plumping effects after the procedure, but full results are visible after two weeks. Needle-marks and pinpoint bruises can also occur in the treatment areas and can last five to seven days following the treatment.
You can check out our previous post to learn more about Volite and what makes it different from typical dermal fillers.
Try Radiesse Volumizing Filler
Radiesse is an injectable dermal filler made out of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres (the same substance that is found in our bones). It can be used to replenish volume lost over time, as well as improve lines on the face and add volume to the cheeks.
This dermal filler is also a “bio-stimulator”, which only means that it can stimulate the body to produce more of its own collagen over time. This then assists the skin in restoring its youthful elasticity and tightness.
You may also be glad to know that once injected, Radiesse immediately provides lift and volume, while continuing to stimulate the body‘s production of collagen. Also, the body absorbs the gel and metabolizes the calcium microspheres over time, leaving only behind natural collagen.
The results of the treatment can be seen immediately but the full effects will be seen about two weeks or once the filler has fully blended with your skin. These can last for 9 to 15 months, but will still depend on the type of fillers and number of syringes used.
Keep your skin healthy and youthful with the tips mentioned above. Contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore today and schedule a consultation with one of our aesthetic doctors to find out which treatment suits you best.