Unfortunately, sagging skin is an inevitable sign of aging for many women and men. However, while there are some factors that contribute to a lack of skin firmness that we simply cannot control (ahem, like aging itself), there are certain preventative measures that can help this skin care concern. To better understand how to tighten skin’s appearance, it helps to first understand the cause of sagging skin.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), as you age, you experience a gradual loss of elasticity that leads to sagging skin. If you’ve noticed this side effect of aging and are in need of a skin pick-me-up, don’t fret, there are plenty of potent products you can add to your skin care routine that are formulated to help address the appearance of sagging skin. Read on for our top tips on how to keep premature skin aging at bay and help maintain skin firmness. Bonus: We’ll also be sharing a few of our best firming face creams for sagging skin.
SKIN FIRMNESS TIP #1: USE SKIN CARE PRODUCTS FORMULATED WITH ANTIOXIDANTS
Today, antioxidant-infused skin care products, such as those formulated with vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin E, are becoming more and more popular as anti-aging options—and for good reason! The NCBI states that the topical application of antioxidants can help to reduce oxidative stress on skin by protecting skin from free radicals (which can lead to premature aging). With continued use of topical antioxidants, it’s been shown that skin elasticity—AKA skin firmness—can be improved.
SKIN FIRMNESS TIP #2: APPLY SPF ON A DAILY BASIS
The sun’s rays can cause more than a nasty sunburn and general skin discoloration. According to the Food & Drug Administration, sun exposure also negatively impacts the elastin in skin. Since elastin is a vital protein that helps maintain the elasticity of your skin, this can result in sagging over time. In fact, an NCBI study concludes that 80% of wrinkles and other visible signs of skin aging are the result of UV rays!
Sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection paired with other sun protection measures can help shield your skin against UV light that causes skin aging and damage, so try to get in the habit of applying sunscreen daily, at least 20 minutes before sun exposure, as an easy anti-aging measure. If you’re short on time, use a facial moisturizer (or even a foundation) that’s formulated with SPF. Consider using one of our favorite facial moisturizers that offer sun protection: the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30, L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone SPF 30 Sunscreen Face Moisturizer, or L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30.
SKIN FIRMNESS TIP #3: USE A FACIAL SERUM TWICE A DAY
If you haven’t yet familiarized yourself with the skin care benefits of facial serums, now is definitely the time to do so. A few drops of a concentrated skin serum, which you should apply to clean skin before your moisturizer, can go a long way in helping to improve your skin’s firmness and elasticity. One powerful ingredient to look for when choosing a serum is hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance within the skin that declines in abundancy as we age. To give hyaluronic acid a try, apply the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum all over your face, being sure not to miss any areas that are prone to wrinkles and dryness.
SKIN FIRMNESS TIP #4: TRY USING A RETINOID
According to the NCBI, retinoids have been found to increase cell turnover on the skin, improve the appearance of wrinkles, and increase skin firmness. Retinoids are a powerful ingredient, so start slowly. Try applying one once every other day until your skin gets used to the potent formula. Ready to retinize your skin? Apply the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica on your face, neck, and décolletage as part of your morning or night routine.
SKIN FIRMNESS TIP #5: LAYER ON A NIGHT CREAM BEFORE BED
Restore your skin while you sleep! Apply a night cream that is formulated to nourish skin overnight, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Night Cream. If you want to really pamper and care for your skin while you sleep, you can also consider using an overnight mask. The L’Oréal Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Overnight Mask features an innovative ELASTI-FLEX texture that acts to mimic skin’s own elasticity.
Next up: Why don’t we address another one of your skin care concerns next? Here are 5 Tips for Preventing and Minimizing the Appearance of Age Spots.