Skin laxity refers to sagging, loose and thin, crepe-like skin on the face and body. The skin inevitably loses its strength and structure as we get older, reflective of our drop in natural collagen and elastin levels, which begin to rapidly decline from our 20s onwards. External factors, including exposure to UV light and lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking and stress levels, can all accelerate this drop in collagen and elastin even further. Some people also experience skin laxity after pregnancy or rapid weight loss. Prevention is key, protecting and nourishing from the inside out will help to ensure we stop it from happening earlier than it needs to. A few of my favourite preventative measures are things we can easily add to our at-home regime and lifestyle.
Dry body brushing
An Ayurvedic medicine technique, dry body brushing is a beautiful way to promote lymphatic drainage, exfoliate the skin and reduce skin laxity. Simply take a firm bristled brush and massage it in circular motions across the entire surface of the body, beginning at the feet and moving upwards, using a comfortable amount of pressure so as not to cause damage or irritation. Dry brushing helps to distribute fatty deposits beneath the skin and encourages blood flow circulation, tightening and toning laxity. I like to do it before the shower each night, no oils or lotions involved.
Edible collagen tops up the body’s collagen supply at a cellular level, making up for what we’ve lost due to the ageing process. It is clinically proven to increase skin firmness, tightness and elasticity. Unlike applying collagen topically (which has a large molecule size and does not effectively penetrate), edible collagen enters the bloodstream and is distributed throughout the body.
An incredible technology that treats a myriad of concerns. Originally developed by NASA to aid astronauts with tissue repair, LED therapy soon enough found its way into the skincare lexicon. While at-home LED masks are not as strong as in-clinic versions, with regular use we see fantastic results that can help to boost collagen and elastin production and reduce skin laxity.
Use a firming body product
There are many firming body products on the market, but it’s important to study ingredient lists to ensure you are choosing one that is well-formulated with ingredients that match its claims. Look for formulations with lipid-rich ingredients such as ceramides, glycerin, oils and essential fatty acids like omega-3.
While regular exercise isn’t a quick fix and requires consistency, it is so important to help with skin laxity both for the body and the face. Incorporating facial exercises and tools like gua sha will stimulate the muscles and help to sculpt and encourage the skin to fill out.