Monday, July 10, 2023

Crepey Skin

We are born with nice, soft, beautiful skin but as we age, it changes, thins, and one day you find that your skin looks odd.  It almost looks like crepe paper and is referred to as crepey skin.  The term crepey skin refers to skin that appears thin, wrinkled, and fragile.  It often happens when people age because the amount of collegian and elastin produced, decreases significantly.  It could also occur due to your skin not having enough moisture.  Although, it experiencing crepey skin is a natural part of aging, there are some things one can do help improve it.

One of the first things a person can do is to apply a good moisturizer all over the body on a regular basis. The best time to apply the moisturizer is just after a bath or shower. Look for a moisturizer that includes hyaluronic acid, glycerin, shea butter, or ceramides as they help hydrate and plump the skin.  In addition, look at using some additional skin firming products.  The skin firming product should have peptides, vitamin C, retinol, or niacinamides.

As far as applying topical retinols,  start with a lower dose and work up to a higher dose to avoid skin irritation. Using retinols can encourage collegian production while improving the texture and appearance of crepey skin. Furthermore, one should avoid harsh soaps, hot water, and vigorous scrubbing since they can irritate skin, encouraging crepey skin to appear.

Next is to always protect the skin because exposure to the sun can cause the skin to age faster which contributes to the development of crepey skin.  Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, stay out of the sun when the sun is at its strongest, and wear protective clothing such as a wide brimmed hat or clothing with an SPF rating.

Make sure you eat a well balanced healthy diet since a diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats can contribute to healthy skin. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Avoid smoking and  alcohol since both can cause the skin to age faster.

In addition, exercise regularly since exercise causes the blood to flow better which promotes better skin health. Furthermore, exercise can help maintain skin elasticity thus reducing crepey skin. Getting 30 minutes of moderate level activity most days is the recommendation.

It is possible to consult a dermatologist to get recommendations for retinols or even to look at certain treatments like micro blading, laser therapy, or radio frequency would help reduce the appearance of crepey skin.  No matter what, one can ease the appearance of crepey skin but cannot eliminate it completely.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.

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