7 Ways To Improve Your Skin Elasticity
You probably don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about your skin’s elasticity. But then one day, you wake up and notice the first signs of skin aging appear on your face, and it’s all you can think about! As we age, our skin starts showing fine lines and wrinkles due to reduced elasticity. You pull or tug on your skin and it just doesn’t bounce back as it used to. It's the elastin fibers that give your skin the ability to snap back like a rubberband preventing your skin from sagging.
So along with boosting your collagen synthesis, maintaining your skin’s elasticity should be your top priority to age well. And here’s how to do it.
Wear Your Sunscreen Religiously
We said this before and we will keep saying it, wearing SPF is not optional if you want to maintain your skin’s elasticity. It blocks the ultraviolet rays from penetrating the deeper layer of skin and breaking down elastin and collagen fibers. So come rain or shine, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day to protect your skin from photodamage.
Slap On Some Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in our skin and helps it hold water to stay plump. But with age, its production takes a toll and your skin turns dry leading to reduced elasticity. So incorporate a good hyaluronic acid serum or moisturizer in your daily skincare routine right from your 20s to maintain healthy hydration levels.
Get Exfoliating With AHAs
Alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid or lactic help reduce your skin stay youthful by improving cell turnover rate(which too slows down with age). It will improve collagen production and elasticity by exfoliating all the dead skin away.
No More Smoking
The toxins in cigarettes cause tremendous oxidative stress on your body leading to loss of skin elasticity and premature fine lines and wrinkles. So it is a habit best avoided to keep your skin youthful and healthy.
Make Antioxidants Your Best Friend
Apart from smoking, various other environmental stressors inflict oxidative stress on your skin resulting in a breakdown of the elastin fibers. To neutralize them, you need antioxidants in your food and skincare products. Antioxidants like Vitamin C, E, flavonoids, carotenoids, and Coenzyme-Q10 will prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin to ensure your skin stays healthy and firm.
So listen to your mama and load up more veggies and fruits on the plate- the two richest sources of various potent antioxidants found in nature.
Stop Eating Sugar
A sugar-rich diet is your worst enemy if you want to delay the skin aging process. It destroys healthy collagen and reduces skin elasticity through a process known as glycation. So cut down on refined sugar and processed carbs, they are bad for your gut and skin.
Take Some Collagen
Collagen and elastin are two proteins that together keep your skin firm and elastic. A recent study showed oral collagen supplements and drinks combined with other essential nutrients also improved skin elasticity and hydration levels. So time to add a collagen supplement to your diet to support your skin's collagen production.