6 Tips to Firm Your Skin Naturally
Loose, sagging skin can result from weight loss, pregnancy, and natural or premature aging. Most commonly we suffer from loose skin all over the body, although we may be most conscious of our stomach, face, neck, buttocks, arms, and legs.
When it comes to first impressions, most of us are concerned with the appearance of our faces, a part of our bodies that is almost always exposed. In our efforts to treat loose facial skin, or sagging, or to slow down the process of aging, we engage in various treatments that aim to minimize the effects of gravity and the signs of aging skin.
Sagging or loose skin are signs that the body isn’t producing enough collagen and elastin. While invasive procedures such as injectables have become popular and provide some temporary relief from the appearance of sagging or wrinkles, they are not always naturally compatible with nature’s way. Some non-surgical cosmetic procedures, on the other hand, do stimulate the skin at various levels to produce collagen and can be done easily in the comfort of your own home with big results.
Natural, plant-based skincare products can support and even enhance the effects of such non-surgical procedures, while aiding our skin’s natural processes, by slowing sagging and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. To learn more about the causes of saggy skin and wrinkles and the specific herbal ingredients that are best at treating it, check out How to Treat Wrinkles and Sagging.
Popular tips such as Gua Sha can temporarily lift and firm loose, sagging skin by improving circulation and lymphatic drainage and enhancing collagen and elastin production over time. Combining these simple tips with targeted skincare products can noticeably increase their effectiveness.
6 Tips to Firm Your Skin Naturally
Tip #1: Gua Sha! Over the last few years, Gua Sha has become a popular non-surgical facial treatment, but in fact, it is a time-honored Chinese medicine tool used to treat (scrape) areas of inflammation, or puffiness. When you are doing your Gua Sha facial treatments, make sure to first cleanse well then apply a natural Firming Serum containing peptides to support the underlying skin structure to help decrease laxity. Then use a few drops of the Rejuvenating Oil Complex that will help turn dull to vibrant, healthier skin with a more even tone and texture and a radiant glow.
Tip #2: Use Serums and Firming Creams Daily. Serums have the benefit of bringing quick relief to the skin. Look for products with astringent compounds like Witch Hazel, hydrating compounds, and Vitamin A to help visibly firm, tighten, and tone lose, sagging skin and jowls. Witch Hazel is one of the top 3 herbs to firm saggy skin. Read How to Treat Aging Skin Naturally to Learn more about Witch Hazel.
Tip #3: Hydrate and Nourish Your Skin. Drink more water and apply water-based moisture topically daily, along with other hydrating ingredients, to help plump dehydrated skin so it can bounce back. Check our blog Best Natural Ingredients for Dry Skin for great tips on adopting the right products to maximize the hydrating effects of your natural skincare routine.
Tip #4: Take Collagen or amino acid supplements to help rebuild depleted Collagen as well as Vitamin C, A, and E supplements. Ingredients that fight free radicals and promote cellular turnover help rejuvenate the skin.
Tip #5: Exercise your skin. Massage can increase blood flow, enabling natural detoxification and healing to occur. Tapotement Massage is a type of rhythmic percussion massage performed with various areas of the hands. Radiofrequency, Ultrasound, or Laser treatments can also help to enhance lymphatic drainage, reducing inflammation and puffiness, also helping to build collagen and elastin which cause sagging.
Tip #6: Avoid "tech neck." Looking down at your phone or computer very frequently or for long periods can hasten sagging, and pool more lymph into your lower jaw, chin, and neck region making you look like you're sagging even more.
Loose skin can be a pain, but there are many ways to reduce this problem. The key is to know the cause, understand how the process works, and then work with natural products that support the skin to heal or slow down the aging process. Try these simple tips at home to improve your skin tone and get it bouncing back in no time!
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