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Stay Youthful

With the growing pollution, hectic lifestyle and improper diet, your skin may show signs of ageing much earlier than it ought to. Dr RASHMI SHETTY tells you all that’s needed to keep your skin from sagging.

Skin undergoes changes from the very day you are born and so does the facial structure. Your skin changes from soft and rosy to acne-ridden and dull, and finally the fine lines and sagging skin make an appearance. From your health, hormones, nutrition and lifestyle to the wind, pollution and sun exposure, several factors can lead to early ageing of the skin.

What exactly is sagging of skin?
As we age, not just the skin but our bone framework changes, too. Well-defined areas such as your jaw line and cheek bones soften up. Fat pads and muscles change, leading to loose hanging skin with a deflated look. The solution lies in not just working on the skin but from the bone outwards; even your teeth adds to the frame of your face.
At what age does skin start to lose its elasticity?
You may start noticing it as early as 35. Lower face, inner arms, tummy and thighs are generally affected.

What leads to early sagging of skin?
Rapid excessive weight loss, inadequate hydration, poor exercise routine and excessive unprotected sun exposure.
Having zero fats in your diet, low proteins, no exercise, excessive running and working under a high-pressure–low-humidity ambiance are the wrong lifestyle practices.
Not using sunscreen, excessive scrubbing with rough granules and using creams or procedures that don’t suit your skin are the wrong skincare practices.

Any home remedies?
Moisturise your skin well, exercise and use collagen boosting creams such as Retin A. AHA, vitamin C and other antioxidant creams also help.

What are the cosmetic procedures to fight it?
Hydration and stimulation of collagen is the key. Platelet rich plasma, skin boosters, meso therapy with micro needling, micro needling with radio frequency, etc are the procedures used. You can do a radio frequency procedure such as thermage once in six to eight months. Meet an expert and look for volumisers or filler as options to fill in the lost volume and support the skin.