Loose skin on the face is a sign of aging. As one grows older, the skin loses its elasticity and it can no longer self-moisturize. This makes it look saggy and loose. Elastin and collagen keep the skin firm and give it natural elasticity. The elastin fibers help it bounce back after you change facial expressions or stretch. Collagen helps form the skin structure and these two keep the skin flexible, smooth and elastic. As the body ages, less of the two is produced and normal stretching and contracting from facial expressions become permanent, leading to sagging, wrinkles and fine lines.
Extrinsic aging also weakens facial muscles resulting in the sagged skin. This kind of aging is brought on by sources outside the body including sun damage, smoking, and toxic exposure.
Loss of volume is also another cause and it refers to the thinning of the skins fatty layer and the stretching of structures supporting facial muscles. These underlying facial structures undergo changes due to rapid weight loss, aging or both.
When it can no longer bounce back or repair itself, it starts sagging more and more. This can permanently stretch it out of shape and reveal oversized and stretched pores. During this time in life, the use of creams will not help especially if they cause clogged pores.
Tighten loose face skin – laser, Juvederm or facelift
There are many ways to go about this including:
This is a cosmetic treatment used to restore and improve aging signs. Juvederm is an injectable dermal filler containing hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally by the skin. The treatment focuses on the face (the cheeks, around the mouth and the lips). The results will be visible immediately and can last from one to two years. The treatment restores elasticity and increases its volume by replacing hyaluronic acid missing in the body. This form of sagging face skin treatment contours the nose, jaw, and chin restore volume to the lips and cheeks and diminishes hollows and wrinkles found under the eyes.
Laser skin tightening
This is a non-surgical process which is minimally invasive. The procedure uses an infrared light source to heat up collagen under the skin and tighten it. When the collagen is heated, the skin contracts and hence tightens. The procedure is popular because the results are visible immediately. For optimal results, treatment must be done two or three more times with some months apart. Laser tightening results in reduced wrinkle appearance, a firmer skin, and a youthful appearance.
Clinically known as rhytidectomy, the facelift is a procedure that reduces the wrinkly appearance on the face and any other aging signs. It helps improve the facial appearance by reversing harmful effects of stress, time and element exposure to the face. The procedure involves lifting and tightening underlying facial muscles to create aesthetically pleasing contours that rejuvenate the face structure.
Skin Tightening home remedies for the face
These home remedies require you to follow them regularly for best skin tightening results.
The egg white contains albumin protein and other nutrients that tighten the skin and improve its elasticity. The egg white makes it look younger and glow by rebuilding skin cells. Other skin nourishing ingredients are hydro lipids in the egg white, that lift the loose skin on the face and tighten it. It also contains riboflavin that removes toxins and free radicals that damage it and cause wrinkles.
- Separate egg yolks from two eggs and whisk them until they get a foamy texture.
- Apply on the face using a cotton ball and leave it on for 25 minutes.
- Wash it off with cool water.
- Do this twice a week
Alternatively, you can mix other ingredients like yogurt, honey or sugar into the egg white. You will need one egg white mixed with either one tablespoon of plain yogurt or two tablespoons of honey. Mix thoroughly, apply on the face and let it sit for 25 minutes.
The honey exfoliates the skin while yogurt will moisturize. If you combine one of the two with the egg white, then your skin will be cleansed, moisturized and tightened.
Lemon is an astringent that tightens the skin and reduces aging signs. Vitamin C in the lemon boosts collagen production and restores its elasticity.
Squeeze out a fresh lemon and apply the juice on your face. Wait 10 minutes and rinse off using water.
For those with dry sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice before use. You can also mix the lemon juice with I ripe banana (use few drops of lemon juice). Stir the mixture well and apply to the face. Wash it off after 15 minutes. The banana will moisturize and smoothen it while reducing the acidity of the lemon.
This masks can be applied twice a week regularly.
Aloe Vera contains malic acid, vitamin E, and phytochemicals that improve the skin’s elasticity. Aloe Vera also nourishes, soothes, moisturizes and protects it.
Extract gel from an aloe leaf and apply it to your face. Wait it out for 15 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water. Do this several times a week until your face tightens.
You can also mix up aloe with honey and mayonnaise for a better result. Mix 1 tablespoon honey with I tablespoon of mayonnaise and Aloe Vera gel. Apply this mask on your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wash off your face with warm water and do this regularly.
How to prevent yourself from a sagging face
One can protect their face from sagging by adopting healthy habits that slow down the aging process. They include:
Avoiding sun damage
This is one of the causes of premature aging as well as sunburns. Use sunscreen if going outside or wear hats.
Quit smoking if you are doing it now because it’s the second cause of premature aging after sun damage.
Practice good skin care regimes
Your skin care regime should include exfoliation. You can also use salicylic and hydroxyl acid and focus on hydrating it well.
Avoid junk foods and eat a balanced diet always. Include vitamins A, C, and E into your diet. Also, include zinc and silicon minerals.
Exercising strengthens, tones and conditions the body. Avoid losing too much weight in a short time to avoid skin hanging problems. Maintain proper nutrition and do not dehydrate or starve yourself in a bid to lose weight.
Perform facial exercises like the Lion Face Yoga pose and forehead exercises. This not only tightens your facial skin but also gives your face a glow.
Get enough sleep and relieve yourself from stress by doing Yoga or meditation.
Avoid harsh products
Do not use harsh cosmetics, soaps, and creams on your face.