What Is The Best Treatment For Crepey Skin?
Crepe paper is great when you're decorating with streamers, but when it comes to crepey skin, you probably don't feel like throwing a party. Fortunately, there are ways to address the thin, wrinkly skin that is a common sign of skin aging.
Read about treatment options below, and see why there's a reason to celebrate after all!
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1. Body creams can keep crepey skin at bay
Crepey skin is often characterized as dry, wrinkly, fragile, and thin. Basically, it's not our skin at its best.
As you'll read below, there's a lot you can do to prevent or minimize crepey skin, but there are also products you can use right now to improve the appearance of your skin, whatever state it's in.
JUARA Candlenut Body Creme brings all the best nature has to offer to beautify your entire body. With regular use, you'll see great improvement in skin elasticity, tone, and texture.
The key is keeping skin hydrated. Candlenut Body Creme contains candlenut oil, which contains an ideal combination of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids (EFAs). These EFAs are able to penetrate the surface of the skin to deeply moisturize and mend.
With ingredients like avocado oil, rice bran oil, and illipe butter, you can bet on reversing several signs of premature aging.
The rice bran oil helps with hydration and elasticity. Avocado oil is also hydrating, and an excellent emollient that softens skin all over. Illipe butter both moisturizes and protects.
Given these ingredients, you may have already guessed that this cream is packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight free radical damage that comes from sun exposure and other environmental factors.
With its whipped texture and warm tropical scent, it's a win-win for your skin.
Tiare Jasmine Body Creme is another amazing moisturizer with anti-aging properties. It has several of the same nourishing ingredients as our Candlenut Body Creme, is lightweight, and works with any skin type.
A layer of this luxurious lotion and you'll be protecting your skin's barrier, plumping up the skin, and preventing water loss. You can massage it into your skin in the morning, and reapply any time you wish to infuse your skin with moisture.
You'll not only improve overall skin health, but brighten your day with the uplifting aroma of jasmine and magnolia. And for even more jasmine in your life, spritz on our jasmine perfume oil afterwards.
2. Help rejuvenate and heal those hands
As it is with most skin issues, there are multiple factors that contribute to crepey skin. It's a combination of genes, health habits, and your skincare routine. While you can't control your genetic code, or decisions made in the past, you can make smarter choices starting today.
Sometimes we neglect our hands when applying creams or moisturizers. Or, if we do remember to moisturize, we might wash our hands so frequently that any remnant of lotion is long gone at the end of the day.
So, not only should you find a good, anti-aging moisturizer for your hands, but you'll also need to remember to reapply. We can help you with the first part, and have a few suggestions for the second part as well.
JUARA's Coconut Illipe Hand and Nail Balm is the perfect answer to aging skin. Whether you want to make your skin tighter, smooth out some rough patches, or cancel that crepey skin, this balm is the skin care you seek.
It contains nourishing coconut, candlenut, and buriti oils. As mentioned above, the essential fatty acids in these oils are able to penetrate the outer layer of the epidermis to deliver moisture deep into the skin.
This formula also features mangosteen butter, which is packed with vitamin C. It's a powerful antioxidant found in many anti-aging products.
When topically applied, it can encourage new collagen growth. And because collagen and elastin are the proteins that provide skin with its strength and elasticity, this means that with regular application of a cream like Coconut Illipe Hand and Nail Balm you'll likely see less of that sagging, crepey skin.
Interestingly, vitamin C not only encourages the growth of new collagen, but also helps protect the collagen you currently have from further damage.
With this cream, you can minimize the visible signs of aging on your hands with the added bonus of a subtly sweet tropical scent.
3. Prevent crepey skin with some SPF
Excessive sun exposure can wreak havoc on your skin in several ways. Most of us have suffered sun damage - whether it be a bad sunburn or simply the slow accumulation of sunspots and wrinkles.
The American Academy of Dermatology has stated that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the most preventable cause of early skin damage.
Sun damage occurs when UV radiation creates free radicals. Free radicals - the unstable oxygen molecules that scavenge their missing electrons from other molecules - damage skin cells at the molecular level. This can eventually lead to cancer and several other skin issues.
There's also an impact on the skin's elasticity that comes with prolonged sun exposure. ultraviolet light from the sun breaks down collagen and leads to excessive elastin production. With these proteins out of balance, skin loses its suppleness and ability to bounce back.
In other words, sun exposure contributes to sagging, crepey skin.
The best way to prevent crepey skin is to keep your skin out of direct sunlight or use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. So any time you step outside and plan on being there for more than a few minutes, you should smooth on some sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
Be sure to completely cover your face, neck, and chest, as well as your hands, which often get hit by a lot of direct sunlight. Basically, you want to apply it everywhere skin is exposed.
While prevention is always preferred, there are many ways to address the crepey skin that you might currently have.
Let's get back to some of those beauty secrets and treatment options.
4. Topical retinoids to improve skin texture
You have probably heard about the use of retinol or retinoids to improve the appearance of skin.
Retinol is a type of retinoid. However, as Dr. Emmanuel Loucas, board-certified dermatologist and director of New York's SINY Dermatology explains, the term retinoid is generally used to describe prescription-strength products while retinol refers to over-the-counter formulas that contain lower strengths of retinoic acid.
These over-the-counter and prescription topical creams with retinoic acid help thicken collagen and shore up your skin's elasticity. They act as exfoliants, speeding along cell turnover. This enables the newer, fresher skin cells to make their way to the surface.
Retinoids also accelerate the rate of cell division and spur on new cell growth
Sometimes these creams can be a little harsh and drying, so you may want to consult a dermatologist and carefully monitor any side effects. It's important to be vigilant with sun protection while you're using these topical formulas. You also want to make sure you're using a good moisturizer with humectants like hyaluronic acid, and emollients such as shea butter.
You wouldn't want to dry skin out and make crepey skin even worse. In general, though, retinoids can be quite effective at addressing this skin condition.
Several studies have shown an improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkled skin after continued use of retinol. It stimulates collagen production and thickens the skin's foundation, all of which makes fine lines and mildly crepey skin less evident.
If you have sensitive skin, you should definitely consult a skin care professional before going this route.
5. Go with glycolic acid to minimize crepey skin
Both retinol and glycolic acid can stimulate natural hyaluronic acid formation deep in the skin. Given its water-binding properties, this is an important piece of the puzzle for addressing crepey skin.
Fun fact about the aging process: your skin slows its production of the oils that keep skin moist. These oils act as a barrier, helping keep moisture in and irritants out.
Aging skin has a harder time protecting itself against harmful chemicals in the environment. Irritation and inflammation often ensue. Adding hydroxy acids (as well as emollients and humectants) to your skin care ritual keeps crepey skin at bay (or at least lessens the effect).
Glycolic acid also helps even out skin tone and supports collagen production.
If you combine a physical exfoliating scrub with an alpha-hydroxy acid like glycolic acid, it will thoroughly exfoliate skin and give it a dewy, youthful glow.
You may need to wait a few weeks before seeing the impact of these products. It might be tempting to increase the amount, or double up on creams to see faster results, but be sure to use as directed and be patient.
Since this acid makes the skin more sensitive to the sun, remember to apply sunscreen so as to prevent any skin damage. Make sure you have that moisturizer on hand as well.
6. Laser treatment to control crepey skin
If you wish to see more dramatic results but want to avoid plastic surgery, laser treatments might provide you with a preferred path in dealing with crepey skin.
Laser skin tightening is a relatively non-invasive treatment with little to no downtime. It uses an infrared light laser to penetrate beneath the skin and heat the collagen. It causes collagen to constrict and makes skin look more firm and less crepey.
You can use laser skin tightening to address virtually any skin malady. Loose skin, crepey skin, wrinkles, and more. It works on pretty much any skin tone or type.
Although they're not technically lasers, radiofrequency and ultrasound technology are also used for skin tightening.
Fraxel, for example, is an imperceptible laser that penetrates the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis. This body treatment is often done on the delicate skin around the eyes or neck. In general, a handful of treatments are needed before you can see the results.
Since the price is around (and sometimes well over) $1000 per treatment, it's obviously not for everyone.
People having these treatments will want to take extra precautions to protect their skin from the sun.
7. Dermal fillers can do a lot to treat crepey skin
If you've heard of Juvederm, Sculptra, or Radiesse, you've heard of dermal fillers. They're used to improve the appearance of your skin by plumping it up and boosting collagen production.
Fillers can be used for crepey skin on the face, upper arms, or elsewhere. The materials injected create a veritable mesh that supports the skin and makes it more taut.
Injectable poly-l-lactic acid adds structure and volume to the area of injection. As alluded to above, it works to stimulate collagen production by your own body.
Hyaluronic acid can also be used as a temporary dermal filler. As a potent humectant, it has water-binding properties and boosts hydration. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in our skin, but a filler will deliver a bigger dose.
Side effects like bruising and swelling are generally mild and temporary. However, more serious situations can emerge on occasion. Research your options thoroughly before making a decision.
If for whatever reason you feel you need something more, there's always plastic surgery. For folks who have lost a lot of weight, there may be excess skin that won't automatically "un-sag" itself. Neck lifts and tummy tucks can definitely alter your appearance.
However, with surgery comes more risk, so it's not a decision to make lightly.
8. Watching what you eat, when you sleep, and what you drink
It's always important to take a holistic approach to beauty and wellness. Everything from exercise to attitude can affect how you look on the outside.
Certain medications and health conditions can affect the skin as well, so speak with a doctor if you think this might be the case for you.
Your overall health and lifestyle choices can help influence the success of your other treatments for crepey skin. As you've likely heard, certain foods like fatty fish, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens give your skin the nutrients it needs.
You should be on the lookout for omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and foods rich in antioxidants. Since vitamin C aids in collagen production, consuming citrus fruits and vegetables like bell peppers can be a great beauty booster.
You can always take collagen supplements, but foods that help your body produce collagen may be even more effective. Bone broth, fish, and egg whites have collagen or the amino acids required to build it.
Since our skin produces less collagen and elastin as we age, it's a good idea to do everything we can to reverse the trend.
Take a look at this video below to see some more crepey skin fixes:
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