What's Up With This Sagging Skin?

Sagging skin is a natural consequence of aging and living in a world with gravity. As skin ages, the skin produces less collagen and GAGs (glycosaminoglycans), and everything heads south. These are proteins that are responsible for maintaining skin structure. Just like any other material, collagen is subject to wear and tear and slowly degrades over time. When we are young, skin cells called fibroblasts replace broken collagen fibers, but as we age, our skin’s ability to replace damaged collagen wanes, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin.

Skin damage due to photoaging (sun exposure) and free radical damage also tear collagen and GAG fibers, causing skin to sag and droop. Free radicals are everywhere: by-products of breathing (oxygen is a potent free radical), pollution, stress, alcohol, and poor nutrition. Yo-yo dieting can lead to sagging skin, as the skin loses elasticity in dealing with the stress of constantly gaining and losing weight.

Lastly, genetics play a role. Some women’s skin is genetically programmed to not produce as much collagen as the woman ages.
There are many things you can do to prevent sagging skin. Eating a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated; getting enough exercise and limiting stress are all ways to live a healthy life and are also good for your skin!

Omega-3 fatty acids can also help prevent skin sagging. These can be found in oily fish or in a dietary supplement. Omega-3’s have anti-inflammatory effects and prevents dehydration in cells.

Using natural oils to lubricate the skin helps to keep it moisturized. Shea butter, almond oil and avocado oil are wonderful natural moisturizers that have been used for millennia: they also help prevent the formation of free radicals which lead to tissue damage. These oils are used in the Revitol products.

See our article, How To Tighten Sagging Skin, to find out how you can firm your face and neck area!