As we age, our skin is subjected to the natural wear and tear that comes with everyday life. Whilst much of what we attribute to natural skin ageing is the result of preventable factors such as sun exposure and other environmental stressors, both of these combined factors have an adverse effect on our skins level of elasticity.
Skin elasticity refers to the underlying meshwork of collagen and elastin proteins that keep the skin looking firm. As the skin is stretched, this protein matrix allows for youthful skin to spring firmly back into place.
The top three reasons your skin is losing elasticity and or recommended ways to combat them are outlined as follows:
Excessive Sun Exposure
We know UV rays from the sun penetrate into the skin causing damage; however, we are often in the dark to how much this damage can cause to our skin elasticity. UV radiation causes damage to the elastic fibres that keep the skin firm, allowing for the development of fine lines and wrinkles as well as age spots or age-related pigmentation in sun exposed areas.
The damage and formation of wrinkles are largely dependent on our lifetime sun exposure, although steps can be taken to prevent and reduce these effects. Avoiding excess time out in the sun and ensuring high SPF sunscreen is applied regularly, are effective ways to slow down the degradation of skin elasticity.
Dehydration and Diet
As skin is constantly fighting against the effects of excess sun exposure, environmental stressors and other skin concerns, it is in a continuous process of repair and regeneration. These processes require the right nutrition to maintain a healthy, youthful complexion with high natural levels of elasticity.
Dehydration also amplifies the effect of oxidative stress on the skin generating negative environmental effects known as free radicals. Without moisture, our skin is unable to repair itself and these free radicals break down the skins levels of elastin.
Vitamins and antioxidants provide a protective barrier for the skin, helping to reduce the effect of oxidative stress and boost the skins natural regenerative processes.
Natural Skin Ageing
Due to the natural ageing process the fibre network that once supported the skin begin to weaken, causing the skin to loose its support structure. Alongside a loss in skin elasticity, our skin naturally becomes thinner with age and with gravity causing the skin to sag, leading to common signs of intrinsic ageing such as uneven skin tone and texture, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
Whilst reducing sun exposure and maintaining skin moisture levels with a balanced diet may help to improve skin elasticity, the fastest and most effective method for long-term results is the introduction of laser treatments.
As the world’s leading picosecond laser, PicoSure offers unprecedented results for skin revitalisation. PicoSure’s innovative technology delivers non-invasive ultra-short pulses deep within the skin to stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen and elastic, improving skin vitality and elasticity.
With virtually no downtime, a single PicoSure treatment will have you on your way to a more youthful appearance, with regular recommended sessions a beneficial part of any great skincare regime.
To get started on your journey to a more youthful complexion with PicoSure, visit our website to find your local clinic.