Feeling down looking at your flaccid and puckered skin wondering where did it come from? We’ve been there. But there’s good news: it can be treated and prevented to a certain degree.
What causes crepey skin
- Sun exposure
- Lack of exercise
Excessive sun exposure, smoking, and alcohol are well-known culprits that damage our skin changing it from plump and supple to creasing, wrinkly, and crepey.
As we get old, the collagen in our body is depleted and our skin loses elasticity and becomes more fragile and paper-like. Thus, the name, crepey. However, the speed at which we lose the collagen varies depending on many factors such as lifestyle (smoking, alcohol, sun exposure), skin type, and nutrition.
Why hormones as well? Because of the lower estrogen levels that occur during and past menopause causing the skin to become drier. Studies are documenting that.
How to prevent crepey skin
If you are concerned that your skin might get crepey and want to prevent it, here is a list of what helps skin stay taut and supple as much as possible preventing crepey skin from occurring.
Protect Your Skin From UV Damage
Talking about aging, sun rays are the worst culprit that causes the biggest damage. There is even a term for it: photoaging. It is well documented so there’s no doubt about it.
What we can do, knowing this fact, is to protect our skin with sunscreen. SPF ranging between 30 to 50, depending on where you live and how many hours of the day you are exposed to sun, should do. I use SPF 50 on my face and decollete because I walk with my dog every morning for about one hour. There are way too many sun protection creams and lotions and if you are looking for a natural one, read this article Best natural sunscreen for the face.
Do not smoke / Stop smoking
Smoking causes the same damage as unprotected sun exposure, if not worse. I’ve noticed that at a certain age, probably sometime between 50 and 60, faces of women who are life-long smokers turn to wrinkled and withered apples. For some reason, smoking doesn’t affect men the same way. So if you are serious in the fight with crepey skin and wrinkles, smoking is a no-no.
Eat foods that boost collagen production
Berries, kiwis, almonds, dark green vegetables (spinach, kale, green beans, broccoli), avocados, carrots, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, oysters, and garlic support collagen production.
Consume collagen supplements
Due to the fact we lose collagen with every year of our life as we age, we need to replenish collagen from the outside. Fruits and vegetables are great but not sufficient if you are really determined to keep your plump and youthful skin.
There are hundreds of collagen powders, tablets, or shots on the market. If you are not sure which one to choose, here is my list of the Best collagen peptides for beautiful skin and hair.
Eat antioxidants especially vitamin C
If you are unable to consume a lot of fruits and vegetables for any reason (my mom, for instance, can’t eat much fiber because of her weak stomach), a vitamin C supplement added to your diet is highly recommended. To get your daily supply of vitamin E, consume almonds, nuts, and seeds frequently.
Moisturize your skin
When you have enough hydration in your skin, it looks great. That’s why you need to be always taking care of your skin with good moisturizing skincare.
Drink enough water
Same as from the outside, moisture from the inside is a must. You need to supply your body with water; however, it doesn’t have to be pure water. Smoothies, protein shakes, fruits that contain a lot of water by nature, that all counts and helps your skin keep the supple look.
Fix your digestion
You might be consuming enough collagen in your diet, but if you don’t have enough stomach acids, you might not be able to digest the collagen. In the video below, Dr. Berg explains about sagging skin, collagen, and digestion.
Best Remedies For Crepey Skin
REMEDIES FOR THE FACE
Enough hours of sleep
Sleep is essential if you want to look healthy, youthful, and relaxed (and happy, of course). Nothing can beat a good night’s sleep, no matter how hard you try. Sleep deprivation induces oxidative stress which makes the body vulnerable to oxidative damage. If you want to increase the regenerating effects of sleep, apply some anti-aging serum on your face before going to bed.
Facial peeling removes the dead skin cells and enables your complexion to shine and look healthy. It is good to go for a non-aggressive fruit peeling. My latest discovery is this Aloe and Tea Tree Oil peeling. You can read about the ingredients as well as reviews on Amazon. It’s very gentle and contains natural ingredients.
One of the best moisturizers is jojoba oil, one of my all times favorites. It looks so common, yet it is so efficient. Just two drops on your freshly washed face and you are sorted.
Retinol (especially under eyes)
A retinol serum or under-eye patches help a great deal. Retinol is proven to have amazing effects on anti-aging.
As I mentioned above, crepey skin is mainly caused by the decrease of collagen and elastin due to the aging process. Thus, it makes sense to supply the depleted collagen in form of supplements. You can also eat bone broth to get some collagen from food.
Microneedling works well too, the problem is though that the skin under eyes is so thin and gentle that I wouldn’t advise you to use a derma roller there. It could cause more harm than benefit.
However, if you have crepey skin on your cheeks and jaws, microneedling could help you a great deal. A serum after that is recommended as it penetrates deep and increases the effect.
Serum with vitamin C
Whether you decide to do microneedling or not, you can’t go wrong with a vitamin C serum. This antioxidant, together with vitamin A (retinol) and vitamin E has been used in anti-aging for ages. Same as from the inside being consumed in fruits, it works well from the outside and supports the effects of collagen intake.
Serum with hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is well-known for its effects of hydrating alleviating dry skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Extending your skincare routine with this potent ingredient in a hyaluronic acid serum will definitely make your crepey skin better.
REMEDIES FOR THE BODY
Just like the face, our body needs to be stripped off the dead skin cells with an abrasive product – body peeling. There are many body peeling products. I love the smell of chocolate or coffee in body products and that’s why I use body scrubs like this one: Coffee Body Scrub with dead sea salt and organic oils.
Moisturizing and nourishing skincare
I have to admit I do not pamper the skin on my body as I do on my face. If I buy a body lotion or cream, it lasts me forever. However, I’ve been using just a few drops of oil after a shower and it works very well. Jojoba oil or hemp seed oil works perfectly.
If you have crepey skin on your arms or legs, what really helps most is a workout. Have a look at people with pronounced muscles, for instance, bodybuilders. They don’t have any crepey skin on their bodies because the muscles hold the skin tight on top of them so it can’t crease. So if you want to get rid of crepey skin on your thighs, squats are a great exercise for that.
Collagen consumption does not only affect your facial skin; if you consume collagen supplements, you will see improved skin on all of your body. Besides, your hair, nails, and bones will thank you for that as well.
Practicing the tips recommended above, you can alleviate the effects of collagen depletion, replenish part of it and prevent further damage and more crepey-like skin from occurring.