Reverse skin sagging naturally!
Collagen and elastin help keep skin firm, but over time, your body can lose its ability to produce enough of both to keep skin springy and supple. Is it possible to turn back the clock so your skin remains tight and youthful? Yes!
Firm up with dancing! With age, the deep dermal layers that make skin plump and youthful thin out, resulting in sags. Enter a new study showing that folks over age 65 who started aerobic exercises like dancing or swimming twice weekly for 30 minutes saw their skin thicken and look decades younger! “Exercise increases production of human growth hormone, which results in increased skin-strengthening collagen,” explains Shereene Idriss, M.D., of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City.
Hydrate with olive oil! “Our bodies are made up of 60% water, and that includes our skin,” says Dr. Idriss. No wonder she identifies a lack of the moisture that keeps skin cells plump as one of the top culprits behind skin sagging! The perfect kitchen cure? Easily absorbed extra-virgin olive oil. One of nature’s most powerful hydrators, it’s also packed with supercharged antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that shield skin from pollutants that can break down elastin and collagen. Tip: Wondering if your skin is dehydrated? Try the quick and easy “snap” test! Pinch the skin inside the bend of your elbow, then release. “If your skin is well hydrated, it will quickly snap back to its original position,” says Dr. Idriss. If not, it’s time for a slathering of olive oil!
Sip protective licorice tea! A surprising new study found that licorice helps prevent sagging skin. “Its potent antioxidants shield your body from harmful free radicals produced by UV exposure, in turn, protecting you from the premature collagen breakdown that causes skin to sag,” explains Dr. Idriss. And you only need to sip a cup or two a day to get the skin-protecting effects!
Lose weight slowly! Because your skin’s ability to snap back gets more sluggish after age 30, crash diets are more likely to leave you with slack skin. “Think of your skin as a balloon—if it’s suddenly deflated, you end up with a stretched out piece of latex,” says Dr. Idriss. “In the same way, if you lose weight too quickly, your skin can’t contract as readily and the result is saggy skin.” That doesn’t mean you can’t diet, though! “I tell my patients, when it comes to weight loss, it’s not a race,” she says. Aim to lose no more than two pounds a week to allow your body to shrink its tissues as the weight drops off.