Loss of Skin Elasticity: What are the Causes?

Loss of skin elasticity is inevitable; it is part of aging. However, loss of skin elasticity starting in your 20s is not a good sign. Check this post to find out its causes.

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What is skin elasticity?

The skin’s ability to stretch and bounce back to its original state is called skin elasticity. Think of your skin as an elastic band. When you stretch the band, it goes back to its original position and shape. This is because the dermis of the skin contains elastin – an ECM (Extracellular Matrix) protein that allows elasticity and resilience in tissues and organs.

So, what causes loss of skin elasticity?

Loss of skin elasticity is known as Elastosis; one of the main causes of elastosis is aging. During young age, the skin is abundant with collagen and elastin – two essential proteins that enable the skin to stretch and retract. However, the production of these two proteins starts to decline as you age. And while your skin’s elasticity declines, your skin’s ability to heal fast also decreases. Noticeably, these occurrences are common when you reach 30 years old (both men and women). Also, there is a 30 percent decrease during the first 5 years of menopause in women.

Is it possible to lose skin elasticity in your early to mid-twenties?

Yes. It is possible.

According to medical studies, collagen production starts to decline during the mid-twenties, and it becomes noticeable when you are in your 30s and 40s. When you age 25, collagen and elastin production reduces by 1 – 2 percent per year.

But did you know that other than aging, there are other causes why you lose skin elasticity early in your 20s? Below are the common causes of elastosis:

#1: Exposure to the sun without proper skin protection

Sunlight is good for the body, as long as you have proper protection from overexposure to the sun. Frequent exposure to the sun can cause damage to the deeper layers of the skin. It kills the skin cells and reduces the production of collagen and elastin – the biggest culprit in premature aging.

However, with proper skin protection, such as sunscreen, you can prevent the effects of premature aging on the skin.

#2: Pollution

Several studies have linked environmental pollutants to an increased sign of premature aging.

According to these studies, environmental pollutants deplete the anti-oxidants in the body, including vitamins E and C. For this reason, the contents of free radicals in the body increase; thus, promoting oxidative stress. And as oxidative stress increases, the production of collagen and elastin decreases. This leads to acceleration of the breakdown of the skin’s elasticity.

To avoid loss of skin elasticity, you should know how to get that elasticity back through proper skincare. Look for safe skincare products that can eliminate oil and dirt from environmental pollutants.

#3: Unhealthy diet

An unhealthy diet can lead to loss of skin elasticity, especially when you lose weight, leading to sagging of the skin. To improve your skin’s health, you should consider including on your diet foods high in:

  • Vitamin E
  • Anti-oxidants
  • Omega 3-fatty acids
  • Omega 6-fatty acids

Also, always keep yourself hydrated. Drinking enough glass of water per day can help improve your skin’s health.