How To | Combat Facial Sagging Due To Getting Older

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*Is It Possible to Stop Facial Sagging?
from Livestrong by Sharin Griffin

As you age, your skin loses its natural elasticity. This is because collagen production slows significantly even as existing collagen is broken down. The result is sagging jowls, neck, eyelids and wrinkles. Before your skin starts to go south, there are some steps you can take to prevent sagging skin and maintain your youthful appearance. By taking care of your skin, you may also find a boost in self-confidence.

Step 1
Apply sunscreen to your face before going outdoors. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can lead to skin sagging because it prevents your skin from healing properly, the American Academy of Dermatology warns. Opt for a waterproof sunscreen labelled SPF 15 or higher for optimum protection.

Step 2
Exercise your facial muscles to maintain skin elasticity and a strong support structure. Some ideal exercises to help decrease incident of skin sagging include puckering your lips and holding for 5 seconds or puckering your lips and moving them from side to side for 10 repetitions. Another, suggested by the Ohio State University Medical Center, is smiling wide and alternating to a deep frown 10 times a day.

Step 3
Quit smoking. Tobacco smoke inhibits the skin’s natural healing processes and causes collagen to break down faster. Consequently, you find that your skin’s suppleness has diminished. Smoking also promotes deep lip wrinkles and crow’s feet.

Step 4
Cleanse your skin daily and apply a light moisturizer after each cleansing. Your skin’s moisture balance helps protect it from sagging by increasing collagen production. Providing adequate moisture will help prevent collagen loss.

Step 5
Skip the tanning bed and opt instead for self-tanning lotions if you want that bronze hue. Tanning beds emit high, concentrated levels of ultraviolet light in shorter amounts of time than regular sun exposure. This increases risk of sagging and other skin damage. Self-tanning lotions are designed to eliminate UV exposure and color your skin safely. Many lotions contain essential vitamins believed to support healthy skin. Read Full Article

 

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*Sagging Skin — What You and Your Doctor Can Do
from WebMD by Holly Crawford

Gravity does take its toll, but something else is at work here: Over time, the skin’s underlying structure breaks down, robbing our faces of their definition, youthful plumpness, and resilience. Skin also renews itself much more slowly than it once did. Thanks to all these factors (not to mention genetics, weight changes, and sun damage), skin starts to sag and hang (that’s where jowls come from). And some doctors say that once skin starts to slacken, pores often look larger, as if they’ve been stretched out of shape.

What You Can Do at Home:
No easy fixes here. “Tightening sagging skin requires more intervention than any other problem,” says Ranella Hirsch, M.D., spokesperson for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. A good moisturizer will plump skin temporarily, Dr. Hirsch says. But if the cream is too heavy, it will clog those oversize pores. The best at-home solution: what the beauty industry calls an “active” treatment, such as an over-the-counter vitamin A (known as retinol) cream, vitamin C serum, and alpha or beta hydroxy acids (AHAs or BHAs). These usually go on at night and help skin renew itself faster and look firmer. Try Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift Firming Moisture Cream ($15, drugstores), which contains vitamin A.
As for pores, you can’t shrink them, but you can minimize their appearance, says Jeanine B. Downie, M.D., a dermatologist in Montclair, NJ. “Pores will look smaller if you keep your skin clean and protected from the sun,” she says. If they really bother you, try pore-minimizing makeup or a cream like Dermadoctor Picture Porefect Pore Minimizing Solution ($40, sephora.com). And, of course, daily sunscreen is a must. Try Skin Effects Sun Effects Sunscreen Lotion ($16, CVS).

What a Doctor Can Do:
Not interested in a face-lift? That’s fine — there are noninvasive procedures worth investigating. Both infrared and laser treatments help stimulate the development of new collagen and “get heat deeply into the skin to help tighten fibrous bands,” explains Dr. Weiss, who is also vice president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Ask your doctor about the Palomar Lux DeepIR, Cutera Titan, or CoolTouch. “Although we haven’t found the perfect device for dealing with sagging skin, the technology is getting better all the time,” Dr. Weiss says. And while these treatments are pricey and you’ll need several sessions, the results are visible and impressive. To help improve the look of enlarged pores (and speed up skin’s renewal process) at a much lower cost, ask a doctor about a prescription for Retin-A. “Whether you’re dealing with acne or wrinkles, it’s been proven to work on many levels,”says Dr.Hirsch Full Article Here

 

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*How to Repair Sagging Skin
from Ehow by Judith Green

1. Take one gram each of vitamin C and the nutritional sulfur supplement MSM (methlsufonylmethone) daily.
2. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser.
3. Apply an exfoliant, to your face and neck to rid the skin of dead cells. Dilute with few drops of water if it’s too strong.
4. Massage your face and neck with an oil that contains antioxidants found in the human blood that reduce immflation.
5. Apply two or three drops of CP Serum, which contains copper peptides, to your face and neck. Copper peptides help renew your skin while they give it a healthy glow. If the serum is too strong, add a few drops of water to it. Full Article Here

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