The skin is your body’s largest organ and the most prominent barrier against infections. Keeping it healthy, firm, and strong with proper care is crucial to prevent it from becoming prone to cracks, acne, wrinkles, and sores and, in turn, several health complications.
There are many reasons why your skin may feel loose, sagged, or damaged. Environmental factors and age are usually to blame. However, these problems can be resolved to a certain extent by taking some simple steps.
1. Eat Nutritious Food
Wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of elasticity are all related to changes in collagen and elastic fibers of the skin, which are affected by diet. Consuming sugar, in particular, has been found to accelerate these signs of aging.1 So, a diet low in sugar and rich in the following essential nutrients can help keep your skin firm and looking younger for longer.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C triggers the production of collagen – the main structural protein that is responsible for skin elasticity. It also has the ability to prevent skin cell damage because of its antioxidant properties.2 Citrus fruits like tangerine and orange, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and arugula, bell peppers, tomatoes, and guavas are good sources of vitamin C. Consuming them regularly can keep your skin young and healthy.
- Omega-3s: Omega-3 fatty acids are among those essential micronutrients that your body cannot manufacture by itself. Consumption of foods that are good sources of these fatty acids can prevent the outer layer of your skin from thinning. This, in turn, maintains your skin’s ability to hold water, keeping it firm and safe from wrinkling. Though fish oil is the best source of omega 3s, canola oil, soybeans, seeds, and nuts are great alternatives for vegans and those allergic to fish oil supplements.3
2. Exercise Regularly
Interestingly, excessive exercise that leads to sudden weight loss is one of the reasons your skin can appear loose and dehydrated. The best solution to such a problem is to start doing the right exercises that can simultaneously control damage and improve skin quality. Instead of focusing solely on weight loss, do it in combination with muscle toning exercises. The combination of the two improves circulation, burns fat better, and tightens your skin all over. Research has revealed that regular exercise can even undo the signs of aging by making skin firmer and ironing out wrinkles naturally.4
3. Care For Your Skin Externally
- Dry brushing: Dry brushing is a simple practice that tones and stimulates muscles, improves circulation, and removes dead skin cells. Use a dry natural-bristle brush to gently scrub your body all over in small, circular motions. The friction between the brush and your skin supports a healthy lymphatic system and breaks down fat deposits under the skin when done regularly.5 Dry brushing should be followed by a shower and moisturization for smoother, firmer skin.
- Exfoliation: Body scrubs made with natural ingredients like salt, sugar, and coffee are the best ways to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation allows for quick removal of dead skin cells. This, in turn, promotes the growth of new cells, leading to glowing skin. Regular exfoliation also reduces the occurrence of acne.
|↑1||Katta, Rajani, and Samir P. Desai. “Diet and dermatology: the role of dietary intervention in skin disease.” The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology 7, no. 7 (2014): 46.|
|↑2||Pullar, Juliet M., Anitra C. Carr, and Margreet Vissers. “The roles of vitamin C in skin health.” Nutrients 9, no. 8 (2017): 866.|
|↑3||Omega-3 Supplements: In Depth.
|↑4||Puizina-Ivic, N. “Skin aging.” ACTA DERMATOVENEROLOGICA ALPINA PANONICA ET ADRIATICA 17, no. 2 (2008): 47.|
|↑5||WHY EVERYONE SHOULD BE DRY SKIN BRUSHING. American College Of Healthcare Sciences.|