How can I thicken the thinning skin of my face

The secret of skin elasticity: THAT keeps the skin smooth and firm for a long time!

Smooth, wrinkle-free skin - this is no longer a matter of course from your 30th birthday at the latest. However, more factors than age alone determine whether our skin is wrinkled and to what extent. In addition to the moisture content of the skin and the texture of its surface, it is primarily the skin's elasticity that determines how smooth and firm our skin is.

We explain to you how you can keep your skin elastic for as long as possible, warn you about elasticity killers and also reveal what our skin has in common with your favorite bikini.

Elastin and collagen - the skin's 'rubber bands'

Swimwear doesn't just show skin, it has more in common with our beautiful shell than we might think. Just like the elastic fibers of our favorite bikinis, the fibers in our skin also change over time. After the second season at the latest, the material changes: it wears out and hardens at the same time - the work of sea water, lots of sun and occasionally some sunscreen. The elastic fibers of our skin also share this fate.

The collagen fibers in our skin act like rubber bands and in their entirety form a kind of support corset for the cells. When we laugh or frown, the supporting fibers made of protein building blocks ensure that the skin moves back to its original position after our muscles have moved. They can also store water and make our skin look plump and firm - at least when we are young. Because our body already curbs the production of collagen from our mid-twenties, at the same time the breakdown of elastic fibers increases - mainly due to environmental influences. From the menopause onwards, the changed hormonal balance accelerates this breakdown. The result: the skin becomes thinner and slacker. This change is mainly visible through wrinkles and facial contours, which offer less and less resistance to gravity.

Collagen killer from the outside

External influences also affect the collagen fibers. Above all: the sun. Its rays contain UV and infrared radiation - both unfortunately have a devastating effect on the elastic support corset of our skin. They make the collagen fibers stick together. Their mobility and their ability to bind water are extremely limited.

But stress, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and little sleep also reduce the basic elasticity of our skin. A disruption of the skin's surface protection, the so-called skin barrier, has the same effect. This is the case with dry or neurodermatitis skin and the reason why these skin types lose their elasticity more quickly than others.

This protects the elastic fibers of our skin

Unfortunately, there is still no herb against age-related loss of elasticity. The good news: Those who rigorously avoid the negative factors mentioned above have already done a lot for smooth, elastic skin. Our top recommendation: sun protection in the form of creams with a high sun protection factor! In addition to this passive protection against loss of elasticity, research in the past has discovered a number of active ingredients that protect the collagen fibers or stimulate their regeneration.

Many of these substances come from nature: extracts from the green banana, for example, promote collagen formation and strengthen the skin structure. Extracts from the leaves and bark of the tropical Bocoa tree also protect the elastic fibers from harmful external and internal influences. Hop extracts promote the activity of fibroblasts, the connective tissue cells that ultimately lead to the formation of collagen.

The following measures also help to strengthen the collagen fibers in our skin or to stimulate their production:

> Massages: In combination with skin oils, e.g. grape seed or evening primrose oil, regular massages keep the skin elastic. These oils contain special fatty acids that additionally strengthen the collagen fibers.

> Coenzyme Q10: The body's own substance stimulates the cell metabolism and thus also strengthens the collagen fibers.

> Vitamins A and C: Whether as a cream or in the form of a healthy diet - vitamins trap free radicals and slow down the breakdown of elastic fibers. They also stimulate collagen formation. Other collagen boosters are:

> GoodSkin Labs Day & Night Cream with Collagen Booster, € 31.99
> Mizon Lift up Mask, € 3.29
> Collistar Anti-Aging Pure Actives Collagen Firming Serum, € 41.99

> Phytohormones: The plant substances also slow down the breakdown of collagen.

> Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid: These substances increase the skin's moisture content - an important prerequisite for elastic skin.

> Alternating showers and caffeinated creams: Stimulate the blood circulation and thus increase the skin's elasticity.

For those who want to maintain the elasticity of their skin for a long time, the following applies: start early and take precautions! Once the elastic fibers are damaged, there is currently no active ingredient to repair them. Although some of the substances mentioned above can sometimes be used to stimulate collagen production, negative factors that are too massive cannot be compensated for. The collagen fibers don't forget a three-week vacation at the sea with lots of sun. You know that from your bikini ...

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