Most people want their skin to look young and firm for as long as possible. Sagging skin affects everyone sooner or later, as our connective tissues lose their stability. Sometimes though, our skin can start to sag early. Fluctuations in weight and a lack of moisture can be the reasons behind it. So follow this list of 10 important tips from the Fountain of Youth to avoid unnecessary skin aging.
1. Cut out fast food and pre-made meals
Even if you love junk food, it’s best to avoid it, if you want to stay fresh and young-looking for as long as possible. The number of saturated fatty acids, as well as the amounts of salt and sugar, make for a higher level of water retention. The danger of sagging skin increases as a result.
2. Give your skin a peel with salt
After a shower, exfoliate your skin with salt. It makes for firmer skin by stimulating your circulation. After rubbing it in, wash the peel off and rub your body with an unroasted plant oil of your choice (such as almond oil, coconut oil, argan oil or soya oil). The oil traps the moisture in your skin and leaves it beautiful and firm again. Take care to store the oil in a cool, dark place.
3. Don’t stay too long in the sun
An extended sunbathing session often leaves you not just with sunburn but with baggy skin. UV radiation degrades vital collagen in our skin. Furthermore, your skin loses moisture through sweating. Make sure you don’t spend too much time in the sun, and if it’s unavoidable, use a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor.
4. Eat enough protein
Strong muscles are particularly important for toned, healthy-looking skin. You don’t get these just through effective training, but also through a suitable, protein-rich diet. In particular, you should include lean poultry meat, eggs, almonds and low-fat cheese.
5. Drink enough
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of sagging skin. Take care to drink at least 4 pints of water or unsweetened tea every day.
6. Keep yourself fit
Sport is essential for strengthening your muscles in order to avoid baggy skin. The best way to achieve this is a combination of endurance and strength training. When you’d rather not go to the gym, you can also dance, swim, jog or go cycling. The most important thing is, you don’t let yourself get out of condition.
7. Use a flaxseed paste
Grind down two tablespoons of flaxseed and add them to 1.4 fl oz of hot water. Now add two drops of aromatic cypress oil and spread the paste on any sagging skin. Next, cover your skin with plastic wrap and leave the paste to work for 15 minutes. Then wash it off with lukewarm water. Repeat the application twice a week until you notice an improvement.
The flaxseed lessens sagging and can even firm skin up again.
8. Massage your skin with ice cubes
Ice helps make your skin taut and firm again. You can achieve this with a simple ice massage. Wrap a cloth around a few ice cubes and massage the loose skin for five minutes. With daily repetitions, you should soon be able to see a noticeable improvement.
9. Make sure you get enough antioxidants
Berries, citrus fruits, olives, cucumbers or apples are not only tasty but also contribute to having a beautiful complexion. Through eating them, your skin will become firmer, well-conditioned and its collagen content will increase. On top of this, antioxidants protect against free radicals, which can damage your skin.
10. Avoid extreme diets
One of the greatest risk factors for baggy skin is losing a lot of weight very quickly. Try to avoid this by changing your diet over the long term and not eating too little. You shouldn’t lose more than 11 lbs a week so that your skin can reduce in size quickly enough to fit you.
As you can see, a healthy lifestyle, enough exercise and a few simple tricks help to keep your skin looking young and firm for a long time. Let us know what works for you!