In your youth, the abundance of elastin and collagen make your skin is taut and supple. While collagen gives the skin structure, elastin helps your skin stretch. As you age, however, your skin produces less of the two proteins, hence the loss of its bouncy, elastic nature.
Much as you can’t stop the aging process, there are some natural ways that you can improve your skin and keep it firm:
The Food Intake
It’s true that a few drops of bath body oil help us achieve younger-looking skin, but what we consume is even more crucial for improving skin elasticity. According to a New York dermatologist, here are some high-antioxidant, water-rich and elastic-friendly foods to add to your diet.
- Berries make great antioxidants
- Celery and cucumber boost moisture and elasticity due to their silica content
- Oils that contain high levels of omega-3-fatty including those found in olives, salmon, and walnuts,
- Pumpkin and squash contain skin-saving nutrients due to their high levels of vitamins and antioxidants.
- Spices such as cinnamon and turmeric are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
Typically, blood nourishes the skin, and any exercise stimulates the circulation of blood. An increased supply of blood to the skin helps to get rid of toxins, tons the muscles leaves the skin healthy and rejuvenated. Further, exercise pumps up the skin, and the softening effect afterwards keeps wrinkles at bay.
Protection from Harsh UV rays
Aside from increasing skin cancer risk, UV rays damage skin cells DNA causing the skin to wrinkle. Exposure to UV rays depends on the strength of the rays, the length of exposure and whether you’re wearing the right sunscreen cream. If you want to protect the elasticity of your skin, stay away from excessive sun exposure and when stepping out, always apply a sunscreen cream.
When you faithfully watch your diet, exercise regularly and use skin creams that are friendly to your skin, your skin will begin to look healthier and feel thicker. Beyond the diet and muscle exercises, stay away from smoking as it dulls the skin.