Crepey skin, not to be confused with creepy or crappy skin, is thin wrinkly loose skin that looks like, you guessed it, that wrinkled crepe paper that haunts every primary school teacher in charge of crafts.
How To Get Rid of Crepey Skin
You normally see it around the upper arm area and sometimes under the eyes, but it can affect many parts of the body including the knees and chest area. And whilst you might be forgiven for thinking crepey skin is an inevitable part of age, its main cause is sun damage and lack of moisture.
So, as we are pro-educated choice here at Glowday, before we jump into corrective treatment let’s first look at a few simple ways of how we can stave off the onset of crepey skin in the first place.
As sun damage is the biggest contributor the most accessible and cheapest preventative ant-aging remedy is good old sun cream – the higher the SPF the better.
This is because the ultraviolet light in the sun’s rays break down collagen and elastin in skin and this is what you need to help keep skin stay tight and wrinkle-free. Staying in the shade and a massive hat will also help.
Age does play some part in the process and this is because as we age, our body produces less oil and our skin dehydrates and becomes wrinkly (think dried prunes). Applying natural oils like coconut oil, olive oil, and cocoa butter can help replace some of this lost moisture. Another tip is to look out for over the counter creams that contain glycerine or hyaluronic acid - these ingredients pull in and hold moisture which helps the skin stay hydrated and plump.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet that is high in antioxidants ( the more colourful fruit and veg the better ) can help slow down the effects of aging on the skin - pay particular attention to food rich in Vitamin C as this key to producing natural collagen in the body.
Realistically though these preventative measures will only hold the fort for so long and at some point, only cosmetic or non-evasive aesthetic treatments will help.
Here’s what you need to look out for:
Profhilo is a series of injections of pure hyaluronic acid which hydrates the skin and triggers collagen and elastin production. This treatment works well on the face and neck and the arms. It is also routinely used to rejuvenate the back of the hands.
Treatment wise you are looking at two initial treatments on each area that takes around six weeks to take effect. A top up every six months should keep the results looking fresh.
Dermal fillers like Juvederm can improve the appearance, texture, and thickness of crepey skin. The treatment literally plumps the skin and stimulates the growth of collagen from within, and is effective in thickening, tightening and smoothing the skin texture. The results are pretty much immediate and can last up to 12 months.
Laser treatments such as Ulthera, are commonly used to treat areas on the face such as under the eyes or the cheeks. It works by heating the underlying skin causing an internal “wound” (don’t worry, you can’t see or feel it) which the body quickly starts to repair by producing collagen, which is key to plumped out, healthy skin. Laser treatment is a longer process and it can take many sessions to get the result that you want but it can last for years.
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