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How To Improve Skin Elasticity?

By Anvi Mehta

Elasticity of skin is the ability of your skin to stretch and then return to its normal state afterward. In younger people the elasticity

of skin is better which is related to the thickness of the dermis. In older people elasticity is poorer because there is less dermis to cause the skin to snap back to its original position. Loss of elasticity in the skin is a natural sign of aging and is known as elastosis.

There are several reasons why our skin loses elasticity as we grow old. Some of the reasons why skin loses elasticity and sags are as listed below:-

1.Genes - This is probably the biggest factor in determining why and when your skin will lose elasticity, sag, and form wrinkles.

2.U.V Radiation - These radiations are a reason for a bulk of skin problems like tanning, sun burn, wrinkles and loosening of skin.

3.Stress - A lot of stress can cause hormonal imbalances in the body can lead to skin and other body problems. Hormonal imbalances can cause the reduction of proteins that are responsible for the elasticity of skin.

4.Diet - Too much of sugar has also been a reason for sagging skin. Improper and unhealthy diet causes a lot of skin ailments including loosening it's elasticity.

Now that the major reasons for sagging skin are clear, we will further see the precautions and methods that can help us improve the skin's elasticity. Some of them are as listed below:-

1.Use skin supplements like Vitamin C and Vitamin E to improve the elasticity of skin. Creams are also effective and efficient. Consult a skin doctor before having any of these supplements.

2.Avoid the sun and use a good sunscreen. Sun damage is well-known to wreak havoc on the best of skin.

3.Drink plenty of water. Water is what nourishes our cells; it is present in every cell in our bodies. But, many people do not drink

enough of water. And without proper hydration, skin will appear dull and listless. So drink lots of water to improve skin's elasticity.

4.Do not bathe in hot water since this has a harmful effect on the skin integrity, damaging it and drying it out.

5.Use a good moisturiser. Consult an aesthetician or dermatologist for the best one for your skin type.

6.Partaking in regular exercise can improve skin elasticity. It is recommended to have 30 minutes of aerobic exercise to improve

circulation in the skin. This improves blood circulation and removing any waste products more effectively. Hence, you will have a more youthful skin.

7.Proteins make up the matrix of our cells, thus they are very important for good collagen and elasticity. Eat these top proteins for good elasticity: almonds, peanut butter, salmon, sardines and eggs.

8.Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables like oranges, strawberries, mangoes, avocado, broccoli, carrots, etc to improve skin elasticity and prevent it from sagging.

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Story first published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 13:02 [IST]