Crepey Skin Can Be Creepy

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Crepey, ag­ing skin neg­a­tively im­pacts con­fi­dence and body im­age.

Sun dam­age is the most com­mon, but it can also re­sult from ag­ing, a lack of mois­ture, or ex­ces­sive weight loss. The ul­tra­vi­o­let light in the sun’s rays break down col­la­gen and elastin in skin. Once these fibers break down, the skin can loosen, thin, and wrin­kle.

Age is also a fac­tor. As you age, your skin pro­duces less oil than it did when you were younger. These oils cre­ate an im­por­tant lipid bar­rier that pro­tects your skin and helps seal in mois­ture. Hor­monal changes can also lead to drier skin and less nat­u­ral oil pro­duc­tion. Dry­ness for any rea­son can cause crepey skin. If you have crepey skin that comes and goes de­pend­ing on the day or the sea­son, a lack of mois­ture is most likely the cause.

There are many treat­ments that can ad­dress crepey skin. Frac­tional laser treat­ment is one of the best choices. It creates cell turnover and en­cour­ages the growth of new col­la­gen that helps to sup­port your skin and smooth out wrin­kling. Der­mal filler can also im­prove the ap­pear­ance, tex­ture, and thick­ness of crepey skin. These agents are in­jected into your skin to cre­ate vol­ume which stretches skin and also stim­u­lates the growth of col­la­gen.

Crepey skin can ben­e­fit from prod­ucts with retinoids, al­pha hy­droxy acids, or pep­tides. These in­gre­di­ents speed cell turnover, en­cour­age new cell growth and re­move dead cells. A sim­ple sugar scrub may help re­move dead skin ce lls and im­prove the ap­pear­ance of your skin over­all.

Some prod­ucts can be dry­ing and make crepey skin worse if they aren’t also used with a hy­drat­ing mois­tur­izer. Make sure you’re not us­ing face and body cleansers that strip your skin of its nat­u­ral lipid and pro­tein bar­rier and prop­erly mois­tur­iz­ing when you’re done cleans­ing. Lac­tic acid, sal­i­cylic acid, gly­colic acid, and hyaluronic acid also help to mois­tur­ize the skin and im­prove the skin’s ap­pear­ance.

Us­ing good skin care on the body can help even the crepi­est skin just look bet­ter. It gen­er­ally doesn’t cost more. Ed­u­cate your­self. Visit a medspa for some di­rec­tion on how to care for ag­ing skin.

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