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When you were in your 20s and 30s, did you spend hours lying in the sun to get that coveted tan? Did you get ready in the morning without using SPF on your neck and chest? Did you live a carefree life, completely neglecting your future 40 or 50-something-year-old self who’d have to pay the price with crepey, dry, inelastic skin all over your body?
As we age, the collagen under our skin breaks down naturally, causing the skin to become loose and inelastic. But prolonged exposure to the sun in our youth can exacerbate this problem significantly. The UV rays in the sun break down elastin (the fibers in your skin that allow it to “bounce back” when stretched and give skin its elasticity.)
If you’re in your 40s, 50s, or 60s searching for a solution to crepey skin, you may have been disheartened to learn that wrinkle creams don’t help. That’s because crepey skin and wrinkles are not the same. Wrinkles are caused by the skin creasing in the same place over time - for instance from smiling, frowning, smoking, or squinting. When we’re young and we do these actions over and over, our skin is elastic, so it’s able to bounce back without leaving a mark. But as we lose elasticity, our skin is less and less able to bounce back, leaving small marks in the way of wrinkles. Some wrinkles can become much deeper, like crevices in the skin.
Crepey skin, on the other hand, is caused by a lack of elasticity and moisture over time. While wrinkles are something that happens on the skin, a crepey texture is something that happens to the skin. The skin itself becomes thinner and more fragile. The lack of elasticity causes the skin to hang loosely from the body. The skin takes on the texture of tissue paper, or crepe paper, hence the name crepey skin.
So if wrinkle creams don’t help, what can you do? Is there a skincare solution that really works for thin, dry, crepey skin?
CREPEY SKIN CREAMS
There are some great creams designed specifically to address the appearance of crepey skin by serving two functions: intense hydration and strengthening the skin’s structure. These creams work differently from wrinkle creams because they address the texture and scaffolding of the skin itself, not just the grooves in the skin. Most crepey skin creams can plump and firm skin over time just as effectively as a medical procedure by boosting the production of collagen and elastin.
While some crepey skin creams improve the look and feel of skin on their own, they’re much more likely to be more effective as part of a skin care system. That’s because the root causes of crepey skin - inelasticity, lack of collagen, and dehydration - need to be specifically addressed.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SKINCARE SYSTEM
To find a skincare system that will effectively reduce the appearance of crepey skin on the neck, chest/decolletage, arms, hands, knees, legs, and stomach, make sure to choose one with several steps and the right ingredients. Typically, you’ll want to start with an exfoliator. Exfoliants remove dead skin and improve circulation, speeding the process of new skin regeneration. After exfoliation, you’ll want a deep moisturizer that can replace lost oils and encourage the production of collagen to boost elasticity. It’s also valuable to seek out products specifically for the neck and chest since these areas often have long vertical lines (fountain lines) that make treatment more difficult.
Look for these ingredients:
Matrixyl 3000: A revolutionary skincare innovation, this combination of 2 “super peptides” boosts collagen and elastin production, making it a formidable fighter against crepey skin to help the skin retain its elasticity, strength, and firmness.
Wakame Bioferment (Aka Fermented Seaweed): Seaweed is extremely nourishing and hydrating, leaving skin plump and soft.
Plant Stem Cells: Stem cells are natural anti-aging ingredients. They help your skin look younger, with a noticeable glow.
Sugars: Organic sugars are one of the best natural exfoliators. They’re gentle enough to not irritate the skin, while still being strong enough to slough away dead skin cells and boost circulation.
Oils and butters: Since our skin naturally produces less oil as we age, products with oils and butters, especially organic oils and butters, are effective to boost hydration and increase elasticity.
Vitamin C and Peptides: These promote healthy collagen production, boosting elasticity in the skin by repairing damage done by free radicals and the sun.
Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid is intensely hydrating, allowing for the skin around the neck and chest to become more plump and firm.
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