Poor elasticity in ageing skin can lead to lines, wrinkles and sagging. Thankfully, advances in skincare and new treatments can slow this down.
Skin elasticity is the skin's ability to stretch and then return to its normal state afterwards. Like wrinkles and grey hair, reduced skin elasticity is a fact of aging for most people.
In order to test the elasticity of your skin pinch the skin of your cheek and pull it softly. Then wait to see how quickly it returns to its normal position. You will see that in younger people the skin returns to its normal state very quickly, because a young person’s skin has more elasticity. As you get older it will take longer and longer for your skin to "ping" back into place.
In older people elasticity is poorer because there is less dermis to cause the skin to return back to its original position. Your skin consists of two main layers. The outer layer is called epidermis and the inner layer is called dermis.
As you age, the number of collagen and elastic fibres in your dermis decreases, often caused by UV radiation. Also, you lose fat from the tissue under your skin resulting in your skin becoming less elastic.
Collagen is a type of protein that provides the skin with strength, flexibility, and resilience. As people age, however, collagen degradation occurs, leading to wrinkles.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body
Because it covers your entire body and has a surface area of around 2 square metres. Its thickness varies from 0.5mm on your eyelids to 4mm or more on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. In total, it accounts for around 16 percent of your body weight.
Skincare professionals actually advise people on ways to stimulate the production of collagen in skin cells.
What ageing does to your skin
Ageing is an normal process. You cannot avoid it, though you can somewhat slow it down with balanced life style, proper diet, sufficient exercise and seep and stress free routine. Your genes and habits such as smoking and sunbathing also affect your skin elasticity.
Yet as you age your skin might become rough and dry. The loss of elastic tissues (elastin and collagen) in the skin cause to become slack. Ageing skin also becomes fragile because of the flattening of the upper layer (epidermis) and lower layer (dermis) of the skin. It can also bruise easily due to thinning of it around blood vessel walls.
Therefore, it is important to maintain the elasticity of your skin. Supplements, creams and treatments are available for those looking to improve their skin elasticity.
Enhancing skin elasticity
Dermaroller is one of the most popular treatments to enhance skin elasticity that we provide at the Miravue Clinic. This procedure used to reduce wrinkles, acne scars, softening of stretch marks, surgical scars and chicken pox scars.
The dermaroller procedure involves advanced micro-needling of the skin. It stimulates the skin to produce its own collagen, an important constituent of the skin which promotes elasticity. Clinical studies show that there can be a 400% increase in the deposition of collagen. The eventual process results in tight skin, less lines and wrinkles with a softening and reduction in scarring.