How to Firm Sagging Skin

Studies show that sagging skin has a major impact on how we determine someone’s age. For women between the ages of 40 to 50, a drooping jawline is the most important skin concern, with limp skin around the eyes and mouth coming in close secession. We spoke to Skin Research Director, Dr. Alain Mavon to find out what skin care treatments are the most effective at targeting the problem.

WHAT IS SAGGING SKIN?
When we are young, tissues called fibroblasts produce all the collagen and the elastin we need to keep our skin smooth and plump. But as we age, cell-damage worsened by environmental aggressors like the sun make skin cells rigid and unable to produce collagen and elastin efficiently. The consequence? Skin loses its firmness and begins to sag.

HOW CAN YOU TREAT IT?
Retinol
Retinol, or Vitamin A, has multiple anti-ageing benefits including the firming of skin. It’s a highly effective cell-communicating ingredient that makes skin cells function as if undamaged, thus behaving “younger”. But as Dr. Mavon explains, “some people’s skin is too sensitive for retinol and they experience redness or irritation as a side effect.

Noninvasive Procedures
Noninvasive procedures are a popular alternative for people wanting more dramatic results, without undergoing surgery. There are numerous treatments available, including Thermage, a device-based treatment that directs an electrical current to the skin and heats the deeper layers to tighten them. But these can be painful, and Dr. Mavon is not a fan: “Thermage essentially cooks collagen, so I would worry about its long-term effects on the skin.

AspartoLift
Derived from aspartic acid, an amino acid found in grains, seeds and nuts, AspartoLift is clinically proven to increase fibroblast flexibility. “In vitro cellular tests confirm AsportLift’s strong anti-ageing benefits, by making the old-rigid fibroblasts behave as if they were 20 years younger” states Dr. Mavon. It doesn’t have the side effects that some people experience with retinol, but it’s recommended that you use it as part of a 4 to 5 step skin care routine for maximum results. Shop Ultimate Lift.  

Massage
Spa treatments that include a face massage can tackle skin sagging with varying efficacy. Massages tend to involve a facemask and a pinching motion along the jawline. Instead of going to a masseuse, expert Dr. Mavon believes you can do it yourself: “Exercises that contract and relax muscles in your face can stimulate fibroblasts and prevent loss of firmness. This massaging technique helps skin keep its elastic properties and bounce.” He’s got the solution: “a few minutes ever day combining facial exercises and a skin care routine is the secret to younger looking skin!

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