The much-anticipated growth comes with diminishing returns. First, as we grow older, we go through a full circle of baby helpless and dependent on others. Then we develop strength, and our body performs optimally. However, this energy and strength start dissipating and telling on our body and other parts. For example, the skin is the body’s largest organ, which shows that age is catching up with us because the skin loses elasticity and starts sagging.
While ageing will come with wrinkles, dry skin and sagged skin, ageing doesn’t have to be the enemy of youthfulness. Specific home remedies may slow down ageing as it affects the skin. However, before we talk about treatments, here are some root causes of sagging skin.
The Root of Loosed Skin
There is no doubt that with time, age does a number on the skin and what used to be firm and smooth becomes loosed. However, while there are remedies to slow the effect of ageing on the skin, there are alternatives to fasten sagging skin independent of the time factor. Some of them include:
The sun is one of nature’s best photography filters, and people have jumped on the “sun-kissed” trend at one point or the other. The summer is also one of the peoples’ favourite vacations to lounge and tan under the sun. For many temperate regions, there are more sunny days and exposure to sunlight is inevitable. The sun, however, has ultraviolet rays that damage your skin’s natural collagen and elastin over time.
Reduction of fat, collagen and elastin
There is an ample supply of fat, collagen and elastin in newly born. However, the older they
become, the faster all these skin-binding elements begin to diminish. As a result, facial fat starts depleting, ageing sets in and the connecting tissue that supports the bone and cartilage also weakens, causing the skin to sag.
As we move our faces to cry, yawn, frown, laugh or act goofy, the skin is strained, and over
time, the skin sags. Skin sagging is as inevitable as all these facial movements because they are a part of our day-to-day lives.
Addiction to drinking and smoking
The side effect of smoking and drinking affects the internal organs of the body and the skin. Cigarettes, for instance, have so many harmful chemicals; one of them, nicotine, is responsible for constricting blood flow. Without sufficient blood flow, the skin becomes dry, amongst other complications. Alcohol, on the other hand, dehydrates the skin and affects elasticity.
When we lie down to sleep in certain positions, our face comes in contact with the fabric of our pillowcase or bed sheet. The connection is accompanied by friction or pressure on the face, which causes wrinkles and fine lines. So, people have mastered the act of sleeping on their sides or stomach while others toss and turn to whichever position suits their needs at the moment.
Whichever lying position is your most preferred, the contact between the face and fabric is
bound to happen along with its consequences.
How Different Parts of the Skin Are Affected by Sagged Skin
From eye bags to wrinkles, the sensitive skin underneath the eyes is quick to show signs of
ageing and sagging. In addition, continuous exposure to sun rays can damage the fragile skin under the eyes and make the face look stressed.
The neck also shows loose skin due to ageing and other factors mentioned earlier. In cases of sagged skin in the neck region, the skin looks wrinkled and dry.
The skin on the chest also shows signs of sagging as age advances or when other factors affect the skin’s elasticity.
Home Hacks for Skin Tightening
Egg white and honey mask
A 15-20 mins application of the egg white and honey mask on your face will do wonders for your skin. This is because egg white is rich in albumin, and the honey has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Together the egg white and honey mask slow ageing and sagging by tightening the skin. Do this routine weekly and rinse with warm water to enjoy the glow.
Regular massage with coconut oil in an upward circular motion will diffuse the antioxidant
property in the oil and remove free radicals that damage the skin. Consistent usage of coconut oil leaves the skin looking moisturised, hydrated, and tight.
Another oil that keeps the skin moisturised is olive oil. The oil is rich in vitamins A and E,
responsible for giving the skin a glow. You don’t need to do much when applying the oil other than massaging in a circular upward motion. Its antioxidant property will kick in and tighten the skin.
In an uncomplicated procedure, mix yoghurt with about two drops of lime and apply on the skin for 10 min before washing off with warm water. The lactic acid content will ensure the pores on the skin shrink and are tightened.
Aloe vera gel
Scoop out the aloe vera gel and apply it directly to the skin for a moisturised and hydrated effect. The aloe vera gel is a go-to home remedy for tightening the skin because of its rich malic acid and phytochemical content. A 20 min application of the gel followed by a lukewarm rinse should do the trick. Another way to get the most must out of the gel is to mix it with honey, use it as a mask for 20-25 min, and wash it with water afterwards.
You can use lemon in its concentrated form on the face or dilute it before applying. Whichever way works for you, you can guarantee that your skin will get the collagen boost because of the high concentration of Vitamin C in lemons.
Many people consider coffee the life-saver that helps them get past their day, but coffee has another trick off its sleeves. When used to exfoliate and remove toxins, coffee can restore your skin’s glow. For example, one way to slow down eye sag is to use a coffee scrub to tighten the skin.
Cucumber is rich in water content and other minerals. When applied to the skin, it transfers
nutrients to hydrate the skin and give it an even tone. Cucumbers can be used on the skin as juice, pulp or mask, depending on your preference. To make the cucumber mask, follow the simple procedure of mixing one egg white and three drops of vitamin E oil in the cucumber juice. Applying the cover on the face should last about 20 minutes before you wash it off.
With the papaya mask, enzymes like papain and minerals like vitamin C are looked into the skin to make the skin tight and youthful. Making the mask is a simple homemade remedy that requires you to mix papaya pulp with 1-2 tablespoons of rice flour, and you are ready to apply it on the face for about 15 min.
When you use the banana mask, your skin will thank you for it and here is why. Plastering a mix of mashed banana and some drops of lemon releases the minerals and vitamins that the banana has to tighten the skin and make it radiant. A 20 min wait with the mask on and washing off will get the job done.
Though the tomato is famous for garnishing our foods and nourishing our stomachs, it will
interest you to know that your skin can benefit from it. All you need to do is use a cotton swab and apply the juice to your skin for 30 minutes. The tomato is a natural toner with antioxidants that slow down skin sagging.
For deep cleansing, improved blood circulation and removal of impurities, fuller’s earth is the go-to home remedy. Tightened skin is undeniable when you mix two spoons of fuller’s earth with rose water and apply it to the skin. You are to wash once the paste has dried on the skin and moisturise the skin.
Home Remedy for Tightened Targeted Body Parts
Under eye skin
To avoid under-eye sagging or wrinkles, you should consistently apply vitamin A (Retinol),
vitamin C, vitamin B3, amino acids and peptides. They are rich in antioxidants and collagen
compounds, enhancing under-eye skin tightening.
You can use several home remedies to tighten the skin around your face. However, the egg white and honey combo is an all-time fave because of its ability to rebuild skin cells, remove toxins, and increase elasticity. In addition, the egg white’s amino acid and honey’s antioxidant property together makes the skin tight.
You can also try the olive and lemon concoction to give the face a high collagen boost and a
healthy dose of hydration. In addition, olive oil’s anti-bacterial agent and lemon’s vitamin C
moisturise your skin.
Coffee is good for the face skin because it exfoliates the skin and removes fat deposits. This process alone can slow down ageing and make the skin glow. Also, coffee is a household ingredient and easy to find.
The yoghurt and Multani mitti combination gives the skin a feeling of TLC because of its deep cleansing and deep moisturising ability. To get the perfect mix, add two tablespoons of yoghurt and fuller’s earth (another name for Multani mitti) together with four tablespoons of rose water.
Apply the mixture for 15 min and wash your face. Banana brings their rich potassium, zinc, and iron content to fight off wrinkles and loose skin around the face by slowing down the process.
Easy Exercise to Tighten Face Skin
The good thing about these face-tightening exercises is that they can be practised at any place and any time, so it is easy to make them a habit and keep your face skin tight.
Wink n’ Hold
The wink n’ hold exercise is so easy that you must close one eye and wink for 2 seconds, then alternate 20-25 times. However, be careful not to indulge so much and create a weird habit of constantly winking.
To start this exercise, you join your index and middle finger together, then with the duo, you place them on your cheekbone and lift slowly. Next, you open your mouth to form an “O” and hold it for 5 seconds. Repeat the exercise 8-10 times.
The cheek squeeze exercise is super easy too. First, you look straight, then make a fish face by sucking your cheeks. Hold the position for 5 seconds and repeat 15-20 times.
Home Remedies to Tighten Stomach Skin
Regular massage of the stomach with almond oil in a circular motion will keep the stomach skin tight. You have the option of leaving the oil overnight around the stomach region or washing it off after 2-3 hours.
Sea Salt scrub
Mix vitamin E oil with sea salt and scrub the belly gently. Finally, wash off with water. Doing
this regularly will give the desired result.
It is undisputed that the skin will give into sagging wrinkles as time and age progress. We have also highlighted other lifestyle habits that quicken the sagging of our skin before age gets the chance to do its thing. The good news is that easy and affordable home remedies can tighten the skin, make it glow and look hydrated. So, follow the many options given to you so you can shine with pride and age with grace.