How to improve the elasticity of mature skin?
The loss of elasticity is one of the signs of skin aging. It begins around the age of 30 and becomes more and more visible as the menopause approaches. The speed it happens depends primarily on our genes and the habits we have. The first one is not subject to change, but the second one - definitely! So, let's see, what the easiest way to improve the elasticity of mature skin is.
The main ingredients that support the skin supple are the collagen fibers. They contain elastin, which in the early stage of life, supports the epidermis as thick tight network, feeding on moisture and other valuable substances in the cells. Over time, however, the elastin fibers lose their ability to retain water, which affects their elasticity and inevitably lead to wrinkles and skin sagging.
With each decade and under the influence of the inevitable gravity, the process becomes more clearly visible. Therefore:
- You must remember the internal hydration. Maintaining moisture in the cells, and hence in the elastic fibers, is another reason to try to meet the recommended daily dose of liquids (water or tea) - 2.5 to 3 liters.
- It would be beneficial to change your diet. It is very important to include in your menu, more foods rich in vitamins B, C, E, K, Omega-3 fatty acids and silicon (kiwi, strawberries, leafy green vegetables, fish, nuts, flaxseed, bananas, broccoli, dark chocolate). They nourish, strengthen and protect the cells from damage, while some of them (the antioxidants) play an important role in the formation of collagen fibers, as well.
- Do not ignore the exercises. This will improve blood circulation, which will facilitate the spreading of oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells. The daily workouts will balance the hormonal changes, caused by the menopause, in ladies over 50.
- Try to sleep well. The good night sleep (7-8 hours) is essential for the health and youth of the skin, because at this time, the restorative functions of the cells are fully active. Furthermore, the night sleep prevents dark circles, puffiness and sagging of the skin around the eyes.
- Quit smoking (or at least reduce the cigarettes). Did you know that cigarette smoke comes into contact with the skin and destroys collagen and elastin in the dermal layers, which in turn, accelerates the sagging and wrinkling of the surface? Not to mention, that smoking constricts the blood vessels, which impedes the transfer of oxygen and nutrients, and thus slows down cell renewal.
- It is good to regularly clean the pores. The accumulation of dust and make-up, also leads to loss of elasticity. Therefore it is highly recommended to clean your face every evening (and morning) with appropriate antibacterial cleansing formulas, and exfoliate it with gentle scrub at least once a week.
- It is important to select the cosmetic products according to their ingredients. For this purpose, you must know the needs of the skin in the relevant age. By the age of 40, priority is the hydration (hyaluronic acid, retinol), the antioxidant protection (vitamins A and E) and the energy for recovery (Coenzyme Q10). After 40 - the complex firming, hydrating and smoothing care (collagen, Omega-3, ceramides, vitamin E), and after 50 - the overall anti-aging care (natural oils, aminopeptidase).
Before you confidently decide that you don’t fall in any of these age groups and you are not threatened by loss of elasticity, consider the following fact: the chronological age does not always correspond to the age of the skin. The last one is determined mostly by our lifestyle and cosmetic care. At every moment!