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No one is exempt from the aging process. You can try as hard as you want to fight the sagging and loss of firmness in your skin, but over time, it will happen. Even though it can't be avoided until the end of time, it can be slowed down.
What we're looking to hold on to is the elasticity of our skin. The elasticity is a property of our skin that allows it to bounce back after it's been stretched. So, for example, when we smile and relax our faces, there would be no wrinkles left behind in our younger years.
What causes the loss of elasticity in our skin, you ask?
There are a few causes:
On the bright side, there are ways to prevent your skin from losing elasticity.
Sunscreen is so important when you’re going to be exposed to the sun's rays. The UV rays from the sun break down elastin. So it's vital to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to avoid photodamage. Our suggestion, the DEFEND Hydrating Facial Sunscreen. It's the perfect defense against harmful rays when you get outdoors.
Keep Up A Good Skincare Routine
Even the most basic skincare routine is better than nothing, but cleanse your skin and apply moisturizer daily. Keeping your skin clean and hydrated puts you on the track for a slower aging process.
Smoking accelerates aging and elastosis. It causes free radicals to damage your skin cells. The thousands of chemicals in tobacco smoke attack collagen and elastin, which break down your skin elasticity. Give up smoking, and you'll notice a difference in your skin. A difference that is worth quitting for.
If you don't hydrate your skin regularly, the outer layer won't have enough water. Of course, you always want to ensure your skin stays well-moisturized, so keep water next to you at all times. The Profile Yeti water bottle is your best bet to keeping cool water at hand.
A quick tip for checking your skin's elasticity is the Snap Test. It's simple and can be done with your forefinger and thumb. If you ever question your skin's hydration, this can be your quick go-to for confirmation. Pinch your under-eye skin and see if it snaps back quickly. If it does, that means you have good elasticity. If you notice it's not a quick snapback, that's a sign of low skin elasticity.
Once you reach your 30's and 40's, you start losing elasticity. It's never too early to be proactive and follow these tips to improve your skin's elasticity.