Believe it or not, everyone has crepey skin. Go ahead, look at your elbow. The crepey skin you see looks relatively harmless on your elbow, but it can look awfully scary on your arms, legs, neck, chest and eye lids. However, this dry, crinkly, crepe paper-like skin is both preventable and treatable.
What is Crepey Skin?
Crepey, thinning, wrinkly skin is the result of your body’s response to lowered levels of collagen and elastin—proteins that allow your skin to stretch and contract.
Fortunately, crepey skin doesn’t come about suddenly. In fact, crepey skin takes months, or even years to set in. Luckily, you can use this time to your advantage. Learning the causes and solutions for crepey skin will help you avoid this unsightly problem.
What Causes Crepey Skin?
Most people believe that the most common cause of crepey skin is aging. While our skin does become loose and wrinkly as we age, it is not the sole culprit. There are many other factors that can contribute to crepey skin.
Exposure to the sun breaks down elastin, the fibers in your skin, that allow it to stretch and return to its normal position. Much like an elastic waistband that stretches out over time, the fibers in your skin lose their ability to repair after repeated exposure. Crepey skin usually begins to appear when you are in your 40’s, but it can show up earlier if you are baking in the sun. Additionally, the American Academy of Dermatology attributes 90-95 percent of skin aging to sun exposure—specifically damage done by ultraviolet rays to the collagen fibers in the dermis.
Regular changes in weight increase the chances of developing crepey skin. When you’re young, your skin is stretchable and recoils easily because young skin naturally produces an abundance of collagen and elastin. As you age, it’s nearly impossible for your skin’s elasticity to keep up with your diet and exercise habits. Unfortunately, your skin can no longer bounce back like the rubber band it used to be and the repeated stretching and constriction of your skin often results in thinning, loose skin formations.
The food you eat—from wrinkle-fighting antioxidants in fruits and vegetables to hydrating healthy fats in fish—matter to your skin almost as much as it does to your waistline. A diet heavy in refined sugars causes protein fibers in the skin to stiffen and form incorrectly.
Key proteins in skin are collagen and elastin-proteins critical to maintaining a youthful appearance. When collagen and elastin combine with refined sugars, they become weak, discolored, and less pliable. As a result, wrinkles, sagginess, and of course crepey skin appear.
It is impossible to completely avoid crepey skin, but here are some ways to delay it:
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible. If you know you will be in the sun, be sure to protect your skin with sunscreen.
- Keep your skin hydrated, inside and out! Use skin moisturizer daily and make sure it contains alpha or beta hydroxyl acids, such as salicylic acid, lactic acid or glycolic acid. These ingredients help lubricate and plump the skin. Drink at least half your weight in ounces of water. (more if you exercise daily)
- Mind your Zzzzzz’s. We all know that good sleep habits are essential to optimal health, and your outer skin is a visible example of how healthy you are on the inside. However, sleeping on your side can play a role in crepey skin. When you sleep on your side or stomach, your face is smushed down against the pillow, pushing the skin into creases. If you lay like that for 6 to 8 hours, the wrinkles become etched into your face. Unfortunately, this applies to other areas of your skin as well beyond the face.
While these are a few ways to delay crepey skin, you won’t be able to avoid it forever. There is advanced technology that will help you say goodbye to crepey skin for good:
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