Here’s a quick breakdown of the why’s before the how’s.
Why does skin sag?
Sagging skin has several causes with aging as the common contributor followed by the sun exposure and smoking. With age, the production of elastin fibres and collagen on the skin begin to reduce and these connectives become weaker. Sun exposure escalates sagging as the rays break down elastin on the skin. If you smoke, uh oh; your skin is exposed to harmful chemicals from the smoke that dries the skin, contributing further to the sagging and drooping of skin.
Before you continue reading, make it a point to reduce your exposure to the sun (especially during noon-time) and if you smoke, let this be your motivation to quit.
How can i slow down the sagging of skin?
This point cannot be stress enough as many underestimates the power of H2O for the body. It flushes out toxins and keeps moisture in your skin, making it firmer and supplier with a natural glow.
We recommend: Down at least a full glass of water when you wake up and carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go. Opt for water instead of soda, cordial or even coffee.
2. Omega Fatty Acids 3, 6 and 9
They make up a significant part of your skin’s cell membranes and are an essential component for cellular metabolism. These Omega fatty acids are more effective at hydrating the skin than your regular moisturisers as they help the skin maintain moisture from inside. Science has proven that these molecular youth bombs contain age-fighting properties and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging.
We recommend: Food abundant with these Omega fatty acids include salmon, walnuts, chia seeds, avocado, olives and Heal Domain’s Omega-3 Fish Oil.
3. Amino Acids
Our bodies product some amino acids naturally and they are classified as non-essential amino acids. The rest (essential amino acids) however, have to be obtained through our diet. They nourish the skin promote collagen production, minimising the appearance of wrinkles and helps curb sagging skin.
We recommend: Munch on tuna, poultry, Brazil nuts, seaweed, spirulina, pumpkin, yogurt and Health Domain’s Royal Jelly (contains all 30 amino acids).
Free radicals are molecules found all around. Originating from environmental exposures such as radiation, UV rays, to our bodies (yes, when breaking down food at the molecular level), these free radicals try to grab an extra electron from the atoms in the skin. When this happens, it causes damage to the skin’s DNA which speeds up the aging of skin. Antioxidants protect your skin from the damaging free radicals in your body, slowing down the signs of aging.
We recommend: Vitamin C-rich food such as citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables. Dark chocolate, kidney beans and raisins also contain high levels of antioxidants.