It is natural to have facial and neck wrinkles as the aging process sets in. However, sagging facial and neck skin is another different matter all together. While wrinkles are acceptable, you cannot tolerate sagging skin. This is why you need to pay close attention to your facial and neck skin right from your youthful days. Note that your facial and neck skin is very fragile and sensitive to external factors. Both your facial and neck skin is thin and has very few sebaceous glands compared to the rest of your skin. The skin in these areas is also less on lipids, which are vital in protecting the skin from adverse elements such as the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
Lack of proper care to your facial and neck skin therefore leads to sagging skin, which may set in even before you start aging. This is a problem that many women face immediately they hit 40, which is made worse by onset of early pre-menopause symptoms. Below are some ways through which you can prevent sagging of face and neck:
1. Avoid sun exposure
Overexposure to sun leads to the occurrence of wrinkles and loose skin on face and neck respectively. Overexposing yourself to sunrays does not lead to immediate damage. Instead, the damage builds up as you age, exploding in wrinkles and loose skin. By avoiding overexposure to sunrays, you greatly minimize the occurrence of the same.
2. Use moisturizers and creams often
Keeping your facial and neck skin moisturized all the time prevents early occurrence of both wrinkles and sagging skin. In particular, go for moisturizing creams containing vitamin A, Retin-A, Shea butter, glycolic acid and vitamin C as ingredients. These substances not only prevent wrinkles on skin but also tighten your skin, thereby preventing skin sagging.
3. Get Good Rest
The common saying that your body needs rest is not restricted to internal organs. Your body includes your skin. It is a fact that most adults and in particular women do not obtain enough rest on a daily basis while the same is beneficial to the skin. According to the American Dermatological Association, obtain adequate sleep and while doing so, sleep on your back to prevent creasing on the face.
4. Eat Healthy Diet
Your overall diet has a direct bearing on the state of your skin. Stick to a healthy diet and consider eating fatty fish such as almonds, seafood and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids that fight sagging skin. Flaxseed and avocado fruits are also very beneficial. Women in particular are encouraged to eat dark chocolate for it is very rich in flavonoids, which are very beneficial to the skin.
5. Exercise Regularly
Performing anaerobic exercises has a positive effect on your facial and neck skin. Combining anaerobic exercises with strength training exercises has been found to prevent wrinkles and sagging skin. Note that the connective tissue (collagen) underneath the outer layer of your skin decreases as you age, leading to occurrence of wrinkles and sagging skin. By undertaking these exercises, you not only boost the levels of collagen but also strengthen neck muscles, leading to tight skin and prevention of sagging skin.
6. Stop Smoking
It is very important to avoid factors that contribute to sagging skin. Smoking in particular introduces into your body harmful chemical, some of which put you at risk of having sagging skin apart from causing other serious diseases.
Although you may have to deal with wrinkles in old age, sagging skin is something you should fight at all costs. However, you need to know that how you take care of your skin now will determine whether you will have sagging skin in years to come or not.