Have you started to notice the sagging skin around your face, neck or perhaps even the décolletage area? Read on to find out more about the common causes and how to naturally lift and tighten your skin in these areas.
Common causes of sagging skin are:
As you age, your skin’s production of elastin and collagen slows down – these are the building blocks that keep our skin firm and taut.
Ultraviolet (UV) Rays exposure and environmental factors
UV rays from the sun affects your skin’s elastin and collagen production more than ageing as it accelerates the breakdown of collagen and elastin which gives rise to the premature formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption have been discovered to affect your skin’s health condition as smoking narrows the blood vessels and reduces the amount of nutrients that reaches your skin cells. Alcohol, on the other hand, dehydrates your skin giving rise to saggy skin.
How to prevent saggy skin
Now that you know the causes of saggy skin, here is a list of skincare hacks you can incorporate into your routine.
Using retinol in your routine
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that can promote the renewal of skin cells, skin brightening and your skin’s collagen production. The earlier you start using products containing retinol in your skincare routine, the sooner you can keep saggy skin at bay.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!
You have heard us say it over and over again on this blog: use sunscreen to protect your skin even when you are indoors to slow down the rate at which your skin ages. Do not forget to apply it on your neck too!
Healthy lifestyle, healthy diet
Exercising regularly has been shown to help reduce the effects of skin ageing, which in turn reduces the effects of saggy skin. This is especially so when you partake in endurance exercises1 (such as jogging, walking, and swimming) that have been shown to improve tissue metabolism and reduce skin changes.
Your diet choices play a huge role as well. Aside from a healthy diet, it is important to incorporate enough antioxidants. We are talking dark chocolate, pecans, and Goji berries – all of which are packed with antioxidants that may help with skin sagging2.
With proper skincare and lifestyle, you would be able to slow down the rate at which your skin ages. However, these are not enough to effectively improve skin laxity and reverse signs of ageing. A targeted medical aesthetic treatment like the micro-focused ultrasound with visualisation (MFU-V) can be considered.
This effective, non-invasive and US FDA-cleared treatment tightens your skin without surgery by stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin in specific areas of your face, neck, chin and even decolletage. Book a session to speak with a trusted aesthetic professional to find out more today.
1 Exercise‐stimulated interleukin‐15 is … – Wiley Online Library. (n.d.). Retrieved September 21, 2022, from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/acel.12341
2 Ganceviciene, R., Liakou, A. I., Theodoridis, A., Makrantonaki, E., & Zouboulis, C. C. (2012, July 1). Skin anti-ageing strategies. Dermato-endocrinology. Retrieved September 21, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583892/