As we age, it is natural for the skin to lose its firm texture and youthful appearance. After all, the skin is what protects what’s inside your body from what is outside in your environment. This can include everything from harmful UV rays from the sun to pollutants inside your own home like those found in the air, or even beauty products. Skin that has been exposed to environmental toxins can start to show the visible signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, deep creases in expression areas, as well as thinning skin that takes on a crepe-like texture early in life.
You may have seen someone with thinning skin or noticed that your own skin has taken on the texture of something so thin, and fragile that it seems like crepe paper. These signs of aging skin can start to show as early as your 30’s or 40’s. But never fear! It is never to soon to start turning back the hands of time for aging skin.
Scientists have found that it is possible to repair the damage done to your skin by restoring essential fibers of collagen, and elastin – structural components of youthful, springy skin.
What Causes Crepey Skin?
When the skin ages, or is exposed to toxins in the environment for prolonged periods of time it can cause damage to the structural components of youthful skin including collagen, and elastin. This is the #1 reason skin can become thin, and take on a crepe texture.
It is possible to heal damaged fibers of collagen, and elastin to repair the skin, but ultimately the best method to stop crepey skin, and other signs of premature aging like wrinkles is with years of careful skin care over time.
How to Fix Crepe Skin
The fibers that make your skin taught and springy include collagen and elastin. And you can thank those compounds for firm youthful, skin that is like a new rubber band. However, when stores of those compounds are depleted by toxins in your environment, or they slow in production with age, the rubber band goes limp and loose. Without the elasticity, skin can also take on an ultra-thin crepe texture.
3 Skin Care Tips to Stop Crepe Skin
1. Just Add Vitamins
Clinical trials confirm that topical application of Vitamin A (retinol) is an effective way to restore collagen damage in the skin.
2. Get SPF
Sun Protection Factor is an indicator of the level of protection a sunblock provides from photo damaging particles including UVA, and UVB rays from the sun. These are one of the most common causes of premature deterioration of skin components collagen, and elastin.
Always use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, that offers broad-spectrum protection to ensure you will get the full protection from both types of harmful UV rays. Also always use additional physical sunblocks like sunglasses, t-shirts, and hats.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s), and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s) are compounds known to boost new skin cell production, a process that usually takes about 6 weeks.5
Add them to your skin care regimen to reduce the risk of prematurely developing the signs of aging. You may also decide to visit a specialist for a professional application of hydroxy acids.
A Guide to Anti-Aging: Tips For Every Decade
There is never a BAD time to take great care of your skin. You can start an anti-aging skin care regimen at any age! Here is how to handle each decade, gracefully.
During Your 20’s.
These are some of the best years for dewy skin and tight youthful skin texture. This is also one of the most important times to take great care of your skin, and while many people don’t realize it, they can start preventing premature aging during this decade.
Skin care in your 20’s should include non-toxic cleansing products, natural botanical oils, broad-spectrum sunscreen, as well as gentle exfoliation. Anti-aging products are not necessary at this time.
During Your 30’s
This is the decade when you can officially start to call yourself an adult, and that means that your skin may also start to show it. If you want to stave off the visible signs of aging, power up your skin care routine during this decade. The results could last a lifetime.
Skin care in your 30’s should include non-toxic cleansing products, broad-spectrum sunscreen, as well as gentle exfoliation. Anti-aging products that include antioxidants like Vitamins A and E can be used during this decade.
During Your 40’s
If you neglected your skin during any of the previous years, you may not have been able to fully prevent fine lines, wrinkles, or crepe skin. However, that is nothing to fear! Skin care in your 40’s still leaves plenty of room to turn back the hands of time with some careful attention to your skin.
Skin care in your 40’s should include non-toxic cleansers, broad-spectrum sunscreen, as well as gentle exfoliation from AHA’s, and BHA’s. Additionally, studies have shown that anti-aging antioxidant nutrient including Vitamins A (retinol), and E to prevent, and help reverse age-related skin damage.6
Other Anti-Aging Therapies For Crepe Skin
Rejuvenating aging skin can also be approached with a variety of skin therapies. Topical applications include vitamin A (retinoids), vitamin C, vitamin E, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), and anti-oxidants. These can be used in combination for best results. Further, other in-office therapies include chemical peels, collagen, as well as botulinum toxin injections (Botox).7
Microdermabrasion has also been shown to improve the appearance of photo-aged skin, making it ideal for those looking to slow premature aging. Improvements were shown in clinical trials to boost collagen production – after just 3 weeks!8
If you want to keep the visible signs of aging at bay, it is never too early to start paying close attention to the quality of your skincare routine. After all, the signs of aging often show up before the age of 35 in people simply because of the continual exposure to environmental toxins. So, follow this short guide to anti-aging – at any age!
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