Recently, I have been asked a lot about crepey skin treatments that will actually work. Age gives us so many gifts: experience, memories and wisdom. Oh yes, it also provides a generous supply of stiff joints, wrinkles and – wait – crepey skin, too! Hang on, what exactly is this age-related extra and how the HELL can we get rid of it?
Read on to discover the truth about this unwanted condition and how to best treat it.
What Is Crepey Skin?
It sounds like it belongs to a Halloween special and for good reason – it’s the stuff of nightmares. Crepey skin is basically sagging, wrinkled skin that affects the larger areas on your body. Imagine a really large wrinkle. Targeting thinner points on the skin, you may find them on the inner arms (around elbows and under the eyes). However, if you are really lucky, they can reach other places, too. In short, it’s a total let-down by your body.
What Causes This?
The number one cause other than aging (as is usually the case) tends to be sun damage. However, dehydrated skin and losing weight can contribute to the issue.
How Can We Prevent Crepey Skin?
I’ve said it before and I will say it again – a good SPF is the vital tool in our anti-aging mission. Always choose an SPF in addition to your moisturiser and foundation (even when they include an SPF). I love NeoStrata’s Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50, £29.99, www.facethefuture.co.uk
2. Hyaluronic Acid
A key component to keeping hydration at optimal levels and locking in moisture. Hyaluronic acid will help in this quest. A great and affordable product is The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £7.87 (30ml), www.amazon.co.uk
This amazing product contains ultra-pure, vegan hyaluronic acid!
Maringa oil is incredible for evening out skin texture, repairing and preventing tissue damage. The result is fewer wrinkles and thwarting the dreaded crepe paper look.
When it comes to slowing down the aging process, moisturiser is one product not to forget. Apply in the morning and at night to keep pesky crepey skin at bay.
How To Get Rid Of Crepey Skin
The most effective treatments include:
This ingredient will improve the appearance of skin texture and should be used regularly to achieve and maintain results. Do remember skin can be sensitive to retinoids and it can also further dry the skin, so always lather on the moisturiser and oils. I love Esthederm’s Intensive Retinol Serum, £49, www.facethefuture.co.uk
Face and Body: Laser
Visit your skincare clinic for laser treatment. A skin resurfacing laser will treat the areas of concern, triggering the formation of collagen production and diminishing the appearance of crepey skin. This can work out a tad pricey, but if you really want it gone this may be worth considering.
For The Neck: Cryolipolysis CoolSculpting (For Where There Has Been Excess Weight)
A tightening procedure generally administered to the neck or body where there are localised areas of fat. It targets and destroys the fat achieving good results.
Providing an instant plumping effect and stimulation new collagen production, the treatment may be costly, but will definitely do the trick (for a while). I feel that Sculptra is a good choice for such skin concerns.
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below.xx