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There are many women who, after a certain age, complain of saggy skinwithout firmness and with little elasticity.
And, in fact, sagging is mostly related to aging, as it occurs when there is a decrease in the skin’s sustaining fibers, which are based on collagen and elastin and, of course, on water. It is a natural process that we all end up suffering.
However, there are other factors such as sedentary lifestylerapid weight variations or genetic inheritance that also influence skin sagging.
The good news is that, no matter if you are 30, 40 or 60, there are some tips you can put into practice, in order to ensure the firmness of your skin and, consequently, the beauty of your body. Meet them!
Avoid sun exposure
If at this point you are wondering what the sun has to do with the loss of skin firmness, know that it has everything. We explain: the vast majority of dermatologists agree that, in fact, one of the biggest causes of sagging is related to excessive sun exposure.
Because UV rays tend to damage not only the surface of the skin (epidermis), but also the deeper layers (dermis), where collagen is found, which is nothing more than a protein, which the body itself produces, which ensures skin firmness.
That is, when the skin is exposed to the sun for hours, the collagen structure is destroyed and the skin’s support is jeopardized.
Thus, in addition to causing premature aging of the skin, UV rays are also responsible for the loss of firmness.
Therefore, the ideal to avoid sagging skin is to expose yourself to the sun in a moderate way and never in the hottest hours (which, by the way, you should already avoid, anyway).
Make exercise an ally
We know it’s cliché, but it’s true. The regular practice of physical exercise is your greatest ally in the fight against skin flaccidity. The more it strengthens and tones the muscles, the less weakened the skin fibers are.
So the next time you’re feeling lazy about hitting the gym, think about how it’s affecting your skin. It doesn’t matter if you do weight training, cardio, swimming or if you just run in the park. The important thing is that you move on a regular basis.
However, if you are extremely lazy when it comes to exercising, look for a professional and consider paying a personal trainer, who will not only help you do the exercises but create a constant training routine.
You will see how your skin feels firmer and “everything in place” when you start to move more.
Make cosmetic procedures your best friends
If you have a balanced diet, practice sports regularly and, even so, feel your skin flaccid, a good thing to say is to bet on aesthetic procedures.
Nowadays there are several, non-invasive ones, that help say goodbye to sagging, but the favorites of most women are lymphatic drainage and modeling massages.
In addition to improving circulation and helping to eliminate toxins, both help to reduce fluid retention and tone the skin, which translates into less sagging.
As each case is different, it is very important that you carry out an evaluation with a qualified professional who will decide, together with you, the best protocol to combat the sagging of your body (and face).
Sagging skin can also be caused by some daily behaviors that we don’t pay enough attention to.
If you have a habit of drinking little water, this is something you have to change now, if you want firm and beautiful skin. The more hydrated the skin is, the more elasticity it will have, even if you lose weight.
So start drinking more water and teas and stay hydrated. You will see that, with time, your skin will feel more elastic and glowing.
Eat properly and balanced
This is probably one of the most important steps for all those who want a firm, beautiful and toned body.
Yes, the secret to a young body is in the diet, so it is crucial that you have a diet rich in fiber, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins.
In fact, there are many vegetables and fruits with antioxidant properties that not only prevent the aging of cells, but also stimulate collagen production.
So, avoid fried foods, sweets and sodas as much as possible, which will only make you feel less healthy, also contributing to sagging skin.
Use and abuse of toning creams
Slimming and anti-cellulite creams do not work miracles, but combined with a good diet, drinking lots of water and regular exercise, they help to improve the appearance of the skin, making it firmer and more beautiful.
And, not even a tight budget is an excuse not to use them, as you can find them (often on sale) in super and hypermarkets at affordable prices.
Now that you know what to do to say goodbye to saggy skin, what are you waiting for to be the best version of yourself?
Article originally published December 2021. Updated November 2022.
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