When you look in the mirror while you’re getting dressed in the morning, do you like what you see? Do you see smooth, firm skin? Does your jewelry hang on your decolletage like it did 10 years ago? Can you smooth your hands over your legs and knees? Or do you feel bumps along the way? Do you feel dry, saggy, crepe-paper thin skin on your hands, chest, and legs?

How we feel in our skin and bodies can be a determining factor in our confidence levels and even our lifestyle. When we feel great about our bodies, we’re more likely to chase after our dreams, be active and social, and live life on our own terms. We’re more likely to ask for the promotion or new job at work. We’re more likely to RSVP ‘Yes!” to the reunion or wedding rather than avoid them since we don’t have the right outfit.

WHAT IS CREPEY SKIN?

When the skin starts to lose its elasticity, it can become thin and finely wrinkled. This is known as crepey skin. The skin tends to look like paper – specifically, dry, tissue-thin and wrinkly crepe paper (hence the name). Skin of any age can take on a crepey appearance, but it is most common in women ages 40 PLUS and is most prevalent on fair skin.

Not sure if what you have is crepey skin? On the chest, crepey skin looks like deep vertical grooves that make your neck and decolletage look older. On your arms, crepey skin is accentuAted every time you bend at the elbow. And on your knees, it’s that thin skin that never really bounces back.

Crepey skin is both preventable and treatable. The appearance of crepey skin on the neck, chest/decolletage, arms, hands, legs, stomach, and knees can be reduced over time, leaving behind tighter, firmer, younger-looking skin.

Crepey skin usually starts out as tiny “dots” around the hair follicles. These dots later merge together and connect. While wrinkles are often caused by repetitive motions such as squinting, crepey skin is caused primarily by a thinning of the skin and a loss of elasticity over time.

Some crepey skin will appear not only thin and fragile, but also saggy. As collagen and elastin break down in the skin, the skin can lose some of its elasticity causing it to fall away from the muscle and become loose.

WHAT DOES CREPEY SKIN LOOK LIKE?

Crepey skin can have a different appearance depending on the part of the body on which it occurs. On the hands, crepey skin can look blotchy and even have dry patches. Crepey skin on the body looks saggy and fragile, and can sometimes appear scaly. The scaliness is due to a loss of oils and hydration in the skin as well as the breakdown of the skin’s support structures. Because crepey skin is fragile and thin, it can sometimes cause the veins underneath the skin to be visible, leading many people to cover up crepey skin with clothing or make-up.

Crepey skin shouldn't be confused with wrinkles, though they can have some of the same causes such as sun exposure and aging. Wrinkles do not have the characteristic looseness and thinness of crepey skin. Also, just because skin is loose or sagging doesn’t mean it’s crepey skin. To be considered “crepey skin,” it must have the characteristic fine lines and thinness associated with crepey skin.

Just because you’re in your 40s, 50s, or 60s doesn’t mean you have to just accept your skin as it is. You don’t have to sit quietly in the corner and watch your life pass you by - uncomfortable speaking up and too insecure to go after the things you want.

You can take steps today to treat your crepey skin so you can have tighter, firmer, younger looking skin. With the right skincare system, you’ll be able to reverse the signs of crepey skin so you can shave the years off the clock and remember what it feels like to be excited about life! Remember, life after 40 is meant to be exhilarating!