As you get older, you will find more that your skin gradually starts to become both more flaccid and looser. However, some dermatologists don’t believe that age is one of the main causes that help make skin start to feel as thin as crepes. Unlike the wrinkles that form around the mouth and eyes, crepey skin is often a result of sun damage.
Skin can stretch and then go back to its original position because of something called elastin, a certain fiber in the skin. When this fiber is exposed to the sun, it starts to breakdown over time.
Although the elastin fibers can heal, they’ll eventually start losing their ability to completely repair skin after they’ve been repeatedly exposed to the sun over long periods of time. It’s like the way an elastic waistband becomes much laxer after being stretched several times.
Fortunately, there are numerous ways crepey skin can be both treated and prevented. Let’s take a look at some of those ways.
Prioritizing skin hydration – Keeping your skin well-hydrated, by using good-quality moisturizing products, will help prevent the worsening of the crepes look or prevent the injury that causes it.
Sticking to the shade – The best thing you can do to help prevent your skin from creping is trying to limit your exposure to the sun. Try not to expose yourself to the sun too much. Furthermore, protect your skin whenever you’re directly under it.
Pay close attention to ingredients – Buy moisturizing products that contain plumping and lubricating components like beta or alpha hydroxy acids (such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid. You should also look for the ones that have high concentrations of hyaluronic acid,
Fractioned lasers – A fractioned laser is one that creates a microscopic hole in your skin. Think of it like aerating a lawn. This hole will contract as it heals and this will encourage the growth of new, fresh skin on the surface. This helps even out the texture and tone of the skin, even in the thicker areas.
Tailoring Skin Care Routines To Age
If you’re 40 years of age or older, then your skin probably doesn’t produce the necessary oils as fast or as much as it did when you were still young. These essential oils will protect your skin and act as a barrier against the chemical components in the environment that cause inflammation and irritation.
Adding hydroxy acid cleansers and emollients to the skincare routine will help keep crepey skin at bay as well as help the skin from getting damaged further if it’s already lax. Retinol topical creams and lotions are your best bet.
There very many things you can do to help prevent your skin from looking like crepes. You can go the lotion route or you can get under the knife for surgery. You just need to determine which method you’re most comfortable with. Work with your dermatologist or doctor to decide what methods will best suit your lifestyle.
Hopefully, now you can start tackling your crepey skin problem.