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3 Ways to Stop Crepe Skin (Before It Starts!)

Crepe skin is very a very common type of damage that can happen to youthful skin as you age. You see, because the skin is your first line of protection against toxins found in the environment like UV rays from the sun, pollutants in the air, or harmful ingredients in your beauty products it can take quite a beating over the years.1

While it is never too early to start taking great care of your skin, as we get older, crepe-like appearance of the skin can take hold as part of the premature aging process. Other signs of premature aging of the skin include fine lines, wrinkles, and expression lines around the mouth, and eyes.

What Causes Crepey Skin?

Scientists know that crepey skin is a normal part of the aging process. It is caused by the breakdown of structural components in the skin that commonly occurs with age. However, the skin components that are plentiful during youth including collagen, and elastin can also deteriorate before their time (around your 40’s), if you are exposed to large amounts of environmental toxins, like those mentioned above.2

Strong, and healthy skin is your best defense against the premature signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and crepe skin. In order to maintain the largest available amounts of collagen, and elastin in your skin, you may want to follow these daily skin care tips.

3 Ways to Prevent Crepe Skin

  1. Protect Your Skin From The Sun. One of the most harmful environmental toxins in the environment comes from the sun. The ultra-violet (UV) rays that are in your everyday life include both UVA rays, and UVB rays that can not only breakdown the vital structural components in your skin, (collagen, and elastin), but they also are involved in the production of dangerous compounds in the body known as UV-generated reactive oxygen species (ROS). Researchers have discovered that ROS molecules generated from UV rays from the sun are directly related to photo-damage to healthy skin. Studies confirm that ROS species are linked to skin aging, and premature signs of aging like wrinkles.3

For this reason it is highly recommended that you always protect your skin from the sun with a broad-spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from both UVA, and UVB rays. You may also want to use physical sunblock like t-shirts, hats, and sunglasses whenever possible to further protect yourself from harmful UV rays.   

  1. Use a Nutrient-Dense Moisturizer. Dehydrated skin can take on a more porous looking texture, and can worsen the appearance of crepe skin. So, always try to keep your skin hydrated by applying a moisturizer topically all over the body, at least 2 times a day. In addition to that, always remember to choose a moisturizer that includes natural ingredients as studies have shown that naturally occurring antioxidants from botanicals, along with Vitamins C, B, and E are able to penetrate the skin for anti-aging effects.

Further, retinol (Vitamin A) has been shown to offer antioxidant protection from ROS species while also boosting the production of collagen, and elastin in the skin.4 For this reason, adding a botanically based moisturizer to your daily skin care regimen may help to prevent crepe skin, due to its nutrient content.5

  1. Exfoliate. Your skin is constantly renewing itself as it continues to create new skin cells about every 6 weeks. For this reason, the pores of your skin become clogged very easily with lingering dead skin cells, and oils that can get trapped, worsening the appearance of your healthy skin. By encouraging the renewal process with exfoliants, you may be able to speed the regeneration of new skin cells for a smoother skin texture.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s), and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s) are known to be an effective way to exfoliate the skin. Able to remove gunk, oils, and dead skin cells trapped inside pores, applying AHA, and BHA exfoliants topically may help to reduce the signs of prematurely aging skin.6

Taking Care of Your Skin During Every Decade

It never too early to start preventing crepe skin, and other signs of premature skin aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and deep creases. Start by addressing the quality of your skin care routine during every decade, to stop premature skin damage before it starts.

  • During Your 20’s. While many people struggle with acne in their 20’s, they tent to try, and stay away from products that will clog their pores. However, oils are one of the best ways to keep skin youthful during this time, so it is recommended that you integrate hydrating botanical oils during your 20’s to keep your skin moisturized, and to control acne at the same time. Never fear oils, even if you have acne-prone skin as your natural skin oils are one of the best ways to prevent breakouts, and premature aging.
  • During Your 30’s. Taking care of your skin in your 30’s requires that you follow all of your personal care regimen from your 20’s, paying special attention to potential trouble areas like your eyes, mouth, and expression lines. As your skin tends to lose some strength during this decade, it is recommended that you encourage cellular turnover (new skin cell production) with a gentle exfoliant of AHA, or BHA.
  • During Your 40’s. This is the time to really get specific with your skin care routine. As the signs of aging start to show during this decade, a retinoid product may be just what you need to reverse the accumulation of damage from UV rays, or other environmental pollutants. Hormonal changes may also occur during this time, which may cause unwanted breakouts in trouble areas like an oily T-section. Combat annoying acne with the addition of willow bark extracts, or other botanicals known to release oils, and other gunk that could be clogging your pores.7

Additionally, anti-aging products that include reparative nutrients like Vitamins A (retinol), B, and E can be used during this time to reverse skin damage.8 

Other Options for Correcting Crepe Skin

Taking great care of your skin during every decade is the best way to reduce the risk of developing crepe skin, and other signs of premature aging like wrinkles, and deep expression lines. However, if you were slacking in your skin care routine during the early decades of your life, you may desire an in-office procedure for faster, more visible results.

Here are just 3 options available for correcting crepe skin:

  1. Chemical Peel. This is a more drastic approach to natural exfoliants of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s), and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s). When applied in a cosmetic office by a trained aesthetician, the acids are able to exfoliate away the top layer of the skin known as the epidermis to repair damaged skin, and encourage the regeneration of healthy, new skin cells.
  2. Visible Light Devices. The technology involved in this skin rejuvenation procedure is considered low-risk, and includes very short downtime for recovery. It is also known to be an effective way to reduce irregular pigmentation (dark spots), collagen loss, and photoaging.9
  3. Dermal Fillers. If you have ever wanted to erase the signs of aging including deep-seated creases from expression lines, dermal fillers may help. Well-known by its most popular brand name, BOTOX®, Botulinum toxin is an injectable protein that is commonly used to fill wrinkles, and paralyze overactive muscles.10

Able to effectively reduce the signs of aging, dermal fillers have been shown in clinical trials as an effective way to eliminate the appearance of wrinkles.11

Am I a Candidate for Skincare Procedures?

The best candidates for skincare procedures like those listed above are people who are in their 40’s, and 50’s, and are showing signs of premature aging like wrinkles, and deep seated creases.

Follow these tips for how to fix crepe skin, and remember to always check with your doctor before starting any new skin care regimen. While it is never too early, (or too late) to start taking great care of your skin, prevention is always the best method when it comes to reducing the appearance of the premature signs of aging including wrinkles, deep expression lines, and of course crepe skin.

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