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10.17.14

Defy Gravity: How to Treat Sagging Skin

Moisturizer, sunscreen, and an antioxidant-rich diet may do wonders for your skin, but don’t underestimate the benefits of Yoga and other forms of exercise.

The laws of gravity tell us that what comes up must also come down. Sadly, the same can be said of your skin. As you get older, skin may begin to sag as a result of a natural loss and deterioration of collagen and elastin — two proteins found in the lower layers of skin that provide the foundation of skin’s tautness and elasticity.

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As we age, the collagen and elastin in our skin weakens, causing a decrease in skin’s density and resilience. Skin becomes less firm and less able to retain its shape as effectively as when you were young. And thanks to gravity, that looser skin starts to sag. Although deterioration of collagen and elastin is a natural part of the aging process, it will happen earlier and faster if your skin is sun-damaged.

How to Prevent and Tighten Sagging Skin

- Be Smart with SPF. Because UV damage speeds ups the loss of firmness, wearing a moisturizer with a broad spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis is the easiest way to help prevent sagging.

- Moisturize Smartly. Applying a moisturizer with vitamins C and E both morning and night will also help. These antioxidants can help absorb surface free radicals that can also lead to the loss of collagen and elastin.

- Extra Help. Improving the appearance of skin that is already slightly saggy requires a moisturizer with the right, powerful ingredients. A moisturizer that contains peptides and Niacinimide (or vitamin B3) can help strengthen your skin’s natural moisture barrier and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

- Amp Up Effectiveness. Hydrated skin is naturally fuller and massaging the moisturizer into skin in a circular motion will improve circulation to give a temporary plumping effect to your skin.

Sagging skin is one of the signs of aging whose effects that can be counteracted with a regular skincare routine. Using a moisturizer with SPF and keeping skin hydrated are two of the most important things you can do to keep you skin taut and wrinkle-free.

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10.11.14

Pop Your Peepers

Moisturizer, sunscreen, and an antioxidant-rich diet may do wonders for your skin, but don’t underestimate the benefits of Yoga and other forms of exercise.

Sure, it seems a bit much to apply nighttime moisturizer and then dab on eye cream, but it’s a step that gives extra TLC to your peepers. Here’s what to look for in an eye cream — and few tips and tricks for applying.

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Why You Need Eye Cream

The delicate skin around your eyes deserves a little extra love because there are minimal oil glands around your eyes to help keep them naturally hydrated. Most eye creams include more oils than regular face lotions along with active ingredients that fight a variety of problems found around the eyes.

For Puffy Eyes

If your eyes tend to be on the puffy side, which can be the result of allergies, sleep deprivation, or stress, look for eye creams with ingredients like caffeine or cooling cucumber.

For Dark Circles

Tackle dark circles, which often simply the result of aging, ingredients like vitamin C and K, kojic acid, and licorice can help fight that discoloration. Peptides can help plump skin and get rid of shadows.

For Fine Lines

Fight fine lines are a constant battle, but using an eye cream with collagen-building ingredients such as retinol while help smooth them out. Fine lines are going to happen, but using an eye cream will plump skin and keep eyes hydrated.

Tips and Tricks:

Eye cream warms once applied, so proper placement is a must. Dab eye cream one half inch above your upper lash line and below your lower lash line. Gently blend and the cream will end up right where it belongs instead of in your eyes, which may cause irritation.

Store your eye cream in the refrigerator so it stays fresh longer and the extra shot of coolness soothes tired eyes and eases puffiness. And who says eye cream is just for nighttime use? if your eyes are a bit tired in the morning, dab a little of the cold eye cream around eyes before moisturizing.

The skin under the eyes is super sensitive so using your ring finger, which has the lightest touch, is a good way to lightly apply without using too much pressure. And since the eye area is so sensitive, going with a fragrance-free eye cream is a good choice.

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