Body Firming

Body Firming

How to Combat Aging Skin on the Body that becomes Saggy?

Sagging, thinner skin, and the loss of skin elasticity are linked to aging, particularly hormonal decline and the cumulative effects of sun exposure.
The issue of sagging skin
Linked to aging, sagging skin is primarily due to changes in skin structure, which is shrinking, especially with a shortage of elastic fibers, alteration and a decrease in collagen fibers, a reduction in blood microcirculation, and a decrease in sebum production.
We can stimulate collagen production at any age, but it is much more difficult to create new elastic fibers. In fact, the body will no longer produce elastin, which represents 90% of the elastic fibers in the dermis, after the age of 40, or even after growth, according to some authors. Later on, our elastin supply gradually decreases as we age, our skin becomes thinner, and it loses its flexibility and elasticity.
Intense sun exposure strongly degrades these elastic fibers, increasing oxidation processes, especially when "sun rays" appear and cause skin inflammation.

How to Fight Against Skin Sagging?


Against skin sagging, first and foremost, avoid anything that damages the elastic fibers of the skin: ultraviolet (UV), free radicals, and glycation.
Taking omega-3 supplements, essential fatty acids, is certainly a good idea because the modern diet often lacks omega-3.
Omega-3 is useful for all our cell membranes. However, it does not specifically act against sagging skin but contributes to hydration and inflammation control.
To maintain the elasticity of your skin as much as possible, above all, take care not to lose essential nutrients necessary for collagen and connective tissue production, including: vitamin C, vitamin A, silicon, essential amino acids, magnesium, etc. Moreover, most of them are antioxidants that limit oxidative damage produced over time by free radicals, such as brown spots on the skin associated with aging.
Glycation accelerates the loss of elasticity in the skin. It is linked, in particular, to the consumption of fast sugars or those with a high glycemic index. We know that carnosine protects the degradation of our proteins and, therefore, our elastin and collagen fibers. This seems more effective than omega-3. There are natural substances capable of limiting tissue glycation.

There are also techniques to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin.


Physical agents
• radiofrequency,
• electric currents,
• ultrasounds,
• lights, etc.

Mechanical agents
• micro-shocks
• manual or mechanical massages
• micropunctures
• body brushing, etc.

They can slow down and even improve skin sagging. However, it will be more of a gain in firmness and thickness than in skin elasticity.

Hormonal Levels

Another very important element: our hormonal balance. In fact, our hormonal balance affects the quality of the skin, hair, and nails.
In particular, levels of testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and thyroid hormones are crucial. The blood level of all these hormones decreases with age.
Anti-aging medicine strives to preserve these levels as best as possible, stimulating their production, sensitizing tissues to their functions, or providing additional hormones (preferably bio-identical).

How to Prevent Skin Sagging?

There is no miraculous technique against skin sagging.
The effects vary according to people, age, and the degree of skin sagging, which should not be too advanced. It is better to do it as soon as possible by preventing degradation and preserving its potential for elasticity.

Preventing Skin Aging

It is advisable to limit exposure to the sun and UV rays, especially intense or prolonged exposure.
Other accelerators of skin aging include:
• irritating products
• oxidation
• glycation (mainly due to excess sugars in the diet and overcooked foods),
• toxins (drugs, alcohol, tobacco)
• air pollution, etc.

Promote:
• anti-glycation foods
• antioxidants
• dietary supplements

Do not miss essential nutrients

• Every day we must provide essential nutrients to the body (vitamins C, A, E, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids).

• Keep your hormone levels as best as possible. A good hormonal balance allows for the proper maintenance of skin components, promoting sebum production and hydration. This is even more evident in women after menopause when estrogen levels decline suddenly.

 

Take Care of Your Skin Against Sagging


Protecting your skin, nourishing it and locally hydrating it with suitable creams or oils should be a daily care.  
There are cutaneous stimulation techniques to promote collagen and elastin production (by fibroblasts). Choose the method that suits your case best and is as natural as possible.

Methods:
• LED lights
• manual or mechanical massages
• microneedle injections of skin-nourishing mixtures (mesolift and microneedling)
• intense pulsed light and non-ablative lasers...
However, all these treatments will mainly produce collagen and little elastin after the age of 40.
Skin firmness will be improved, but not its flexibility and elasticity.  
Excessive use can make the skin thicker and harder due to excess collagen production.


Moderate exercise, beneficial for the skin


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