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How To Slow Down The Loss Of Skin Elasticity

Have you ever noticed how easily your skin recovers from stretching? Well, that’s because of elastin, a crucial protein in your body that gives your skin its elasticity. 

But the bad news is that as you age, your skin loses some of its flexibility.

How To Slow Down The Loss Of Skin Elasticity
How To Slow Down The Loss Of Skin Elasticity

In this article we will discuss the causes of skin elasticity loss and what you can do to prevent it!

What causes loss of elasticity?

A loss of elasticity causes wrinkling and sagging skin. Several factors accelerate this process, some of them are:

  1. Age-related damage
  2. Menopause
  3. Sun damage
  4. Air pollution
  5. Glycation

Ways to slow down the loss of skin elasticity:

Now that we’ve understood what contributes to a loss in skin elasticity, it’s time to learn about how you can slow down its decline.

  1. Leverage antioxidants- there are two ways to boost the antioxidant content in your body — oral consumption and topical application.
  2. Sunscreen is non-negotiable.
  3. Anti-pollution skincare products- cleanser, serum etc,.
  4. Use an air purifier.
  5. Hydration is key- pick a moisturizer that will reduce trans-epidermal water loss to lock in hydration more effectively.
  6. Cosmetic procedures.

Foods that improve your skin elasticity:

To improve the elasticity of your skin, eat foods like:

Carotenoids: Carrots, grapefruit, kale, mangoes, oranges, spinach, and tomatoes.

Lactobacilli: Cheese, fermented milk, olives, pickles, sauerkraut, and yogurt.

Phytoestrogens: Walnuts, white cabbage, soybeans, miso paste, red clover, and red wine.

How To Slow Down The Loss Of Skin Elasticity

Polyunsaturated fatty acids: Chia seeds, flaxseed, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, and tuna.

Vitamin A: Cod liver oil, eggs, fortified skim milk, dark green and leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach, and orange and yellow vegetables and fruits.

Vitamin C: Bell peppers, blackcurrants, blueberries, citrus fruits, guavas, and kakadu plums.

Vitamin D: Egg yolks and fatty fish like mackerel, salmon, and tuna.

Vitamin E: Almonds, avocado, cooked spinach, sunflower oil, sunflower seeds, and wheat germ oil.

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Dr. DonikaAbout the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
Dr. Vata has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.

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