Collagen and elastin, the two proteins in your skin that keep it smooth, tight and of course wrinkle free, are the essentials for healthy and youthful looking skin. When the skin ages, it loses or damages the collagen and elastin in the skins cells and can no long keep the skin tight and firm. The more collagen and elastin that is damaged, the more saggy and more wrinkles your skin will get. Most of this is just a natural product of aging, but there are many external factors as to why these skin essentials begin to break down before their time and start to exhibit signs of premature aging. Besides free radicals caused by pollution, the suns harmful rays as well as diet and poor skincare are the main reason why your skin would lose collagen and elasticity. First and foremost, developing a routine with good skincare products are the best treatments to remove saggy skin. On top of that, always wear broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF 30 or above to maximize your sun protection and protect those precious skin cells. If you are looking for a more different treatment to tighten and firmer your skin, here are some highly effective natural remedies.
1) Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a natural antioxidant and antibacterial that can be used to eliminate free radicals from your body which cause harmful damage to your skin cells. Coconut oil is naturally extremely hydrating and deeply moisturizing. Use coconut oil as a nightly hydrating massage and gently rub the oil into your skin for at least 10 minutes, making sure it penetrates deeply and stimulating collagen production.
2) Olive Oil
Before there were anti aging products there were natural oils like olive oil to help give your skin the boost it needs to stay young and fresh. Ancient Egyptians used olive oil as a cleanser, moisturizer and antibacterial agent, to help give their skin a radiant glow and also protect it from the sun. While olive oil is not the best form of sun protectant, the oil is full of antioxidants and vitamin E which are extremely powerful properties to rejuvenating skin and keeping it looking firm and tight. Olive oil can be quite think and is best used as an in shower moisturizer. Apply a thin layer to hour body while the skin is still wet and let is soak in for a minute or two then pat dry your body to seal in the moisture.
3) Coffee Scrub
Why only start your day by drinking coffee when you can also rub an invigorating coffee scrub all over your body to make sure that your skin begins the day as fresh and vibrant as possible. Coffee is full of antioxidants that are super powerful at keeping your skin cells healthy and preserving their vitality. Coffee also scrubs impurities from your skin while smoothing it to make it soft and supple, the gentle massage can aid in helping reduce fat deposits and cellulite as well. Caffeine is also extremely helpful for brightening dark circles under your eyes and tightening those droopy bags that happen from lack of sleep and nutrients. Use coffee as a gentle eye mask to get the most from these benefits and give yourself an overall glow.
4) Witch Hazel
One of the most well known natural remedies for sagging and skin aging issues, witch hazel is a power house of skin health. Commonly used as an astringent, witch hazel cleans out and shrinks pores, tightening the skin and keeping it smooth. Which hazel can also strengthen existing collagen and elasticity by strengthening those bonds and structurally enforcing them at a cellular level. Unlike alcohol based astringents, witch hazel is naturally hydrating and infuses the skin with hydration making it smooth and supple. Play witch hazel before your daily anti aging skin care regimen, like a retinol based product with peptides and hyaluronic acid for an added boost of anti aging properties and power.
5) Epsom Salt Soak
Epsom salt, or also known technically as magnesium sulfate, has been long used as a anti-inflammatory for the body. The salts draw out water and toxins, cleansing the body and allowing the organs to reset and refill with healthy hydration and nutrients. Epsom salts draw out toxins through your pores and therefor is highly effective at cleansing the skin and bringing in natural properties to heal and restore the skin. When epsom salt is used in a bath for soaking, it pulls excess water from your body and improves circulation which improves collagen production and elasticity. After using a epsom salt soak once a day for a few weeks you will see that your skin is tighter and more firm which also looking more vibrant and glowing.
Natural and delicious cucumbers are one of the best natural forms of skin firming ingredients that nature makes. It can tighten and firm loose or saggy skin without any of the harmful side effects of a non-natural substance. If you suffer from sensitive skin, cucumber is a great way to soften and hydrate your skin without allergic reactions. Creating a cucumber mask and letting it sit on your face for 15 minutes, allows the natural hydrating properties of cucumber to soak into the layers of the epidermis, hydrating the skin cells and firming up the fine lines and wrinkles. Cucumber gives your skin and complexion a boost and can be used safely with prescription ingredients as well.
7) Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has been used as a natural skin remedy ages. It can be used to soothe skin, burns and irritations as well as heal wounds. Aloe is very high in malic acid which is a natural property which improve elasticity in skin. Aloe vera is also a strong hydrant. It nourishes, soothe and protects skin from environmental problems, sun damage and harmful free radicals. Moisturized skin cells are more likely to have a quicker turn over process and be more efficient in their regeneration process of elastin fibers. Using a cream high in aloe vera is a great all over skin remedy for sagging skin, making it tighter and smoother.
Author Name – Brittany Artwohl
Brittany Artwohl is a fitness expert and outdoor enthusiast in sunny Arizona. A certified first-responder, lifeguard and fitness trainer, she has also worked as a professional nutrition writer with a focus on nutraceuticals for over 7 years delivering newsletters, blogs, press releases, product listings and more. Today, you’ll find her work at mtnweekly.com, budnow.com, beverlyhillsmd.comand Vital Updates, among others.