With aging, the list of beauty blues you have to contend with will grow. And one of the most common ones you’ll have to face with the advent of middle age is sagging skin.
Why does your once firm and supple skin gradually lose volume and elasticity?
SAGGY SKIN CONDITIONS
These are the types of facial “sags and bags” you may face as you age:
Brow ptosis (as the skin on the forehead sags, the eyebrows droop over the eyelids)
Eyelid ptosis (drooping of the upper eyelids)
Baggy upper and lower eyelids
Hollow look around the eyes
Prominent groove along the sides of the nose
Jowls (loss of jaw line)
Loss of neckline
Drooping at the tip of the nose
Thinning of the upper lip
WHAT CAUSES SAGGY SKIN?
Our skin is an incredibly elastic living organ that stretches as we move and grow. However, these are the main factors that cause the skin to lose its spring over time:
As you age, the production of collagen and elastin in the skin cells is retarded. These are the two main components that form your skin’s supportive connective tissue and structure, which keeps it firm and supple.
The general slowdown in metabolism also impacts your body in other ways – including the weakening of the facial muscles, reduction in sebum (oil), loss of subcutaneous components (fatty tissue between the skin and muscle) that plump up the skin, and loss of cartilage and bone mass (especially around the mouth and chin). These result in loosening skin, sunken eyes, puckering of the skin around the mouth, and a gaunt appearance.
Photo-Aging (Sun Exposure)
Over time, the free radicals resulting from the sun’s ultraviolet rays break down the collagen and elastin fibres in our skin cells, causing the skin to lose its strength and elasticity. It will gradually lose its ability to bounce back after being stretched, and eventually sag.
Bad habits, such smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, lead to the production of toxins and free radicals.