Whether or not you’re familiar with Meryl Streep’s character in the movie ‘It’s Complicated’ you may think skin tightening involves some pretty invasive and intimidating procedures (Spoiler alert: She didn’t go through with the scalp-stapling facelift). However, tightening the skin on your face no longer requires drastic measures, and in many cases, a series of little tweaks such as consistent skincare, laser treatments, and microneedling can be just as effective.
Sagging facial skin happens because collagen, the structural support of your skin diminishes over time. When it comes to looking after your skin, we’re all aware that preventive measures such as a balanced diet, healthy lifestyle and consistent skincare regime go a long way, however, if life has already taken its toll on your skin, here’s how you can reverse the signs of sagging and increase your body’s natural collagen production.
When treating sagging and aged skin, there is one hero ingredient you need to to know about, cue: Retinol. After earning its name in the skincare word for being an anti-ageing miracle worker, retinol is being recommended for a range of skincare concerns, including sagging skin.
This superhero ingredient works similar to the cosmetic treatments used to improve skin sagginess: by causing cells to turn over and die and by stimulating new collagen production. This decreases wrinkles by thickening the skin from the inside out, leaving you with more taut, plump and younger-looking skin.
Top tip: When it comes to introducing retinol into your skincare regime, start off with once or twice a week and gradually work up to every other day. Another key tip for using retinol is to apply it at night, as retinol can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. We are loving the Retiage Multi-Rejuvenate Cream by GA-DE available on Beauty Affairs.
Microneedling is an incredible way to target deeper layers of the skin’s surface to gently trigger an immune response. During the skin’s healing process, your body increases its production of collagen and elastin to replace the damaged skin cells. The result is an overall improvement in the texture and tightness of your skin, helping to maintain plump and youthful-looking skin.
When it comes to tightening the skin through micro-needling, you may need up to eight consistent sessions to achieve optimal results. The great news is, there is little to no downtown after the procedure, which sure beats the recovery time when it comes to a surgical facelift!
Top tip: Microneedling treatments can actually help topical products penetrate the skin more efficiently, allowing you to reap greater benefits of any product. So make sure you’re reaching for quality skincare ingredients post-procedure. Bonus points if they contain collagen-boosting ingredients like retinol!
Lift with Laser
Laser therapy works much the same way when it comes to treating a range of skincare concerns; by stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen to improve the overall health of the skin. However, when it comes to treating sagging face skin, we are after something a little more heavy-duty. This is where ultrasound laser therapy or ‘Ulthera’ as it’s known in the skincare world, comes in.
Ulthera is the popular brand name of a laser treatment designed for patients that are seeking a heavy-duty lift. The ultrasound method focuses ultrasound energy to heat the skin at a deeper level than other laser techniques so that you’re tightening and lifting from deeper within the skin.
Top tip: As with most cosmetic treatments that target the deeper layers of the skin, you will see a slight lift immediately, but the most dramatic results will come up to three months after the procedure, as the body needs time to repair the skin. So the treatment can be scheduled in your lunch-break, but the rewards will be reaped at a later date. Patience is key!
So What’s The Right Treatment For You?
When it comes to the right treatment for your delicate skin – it can seem like a lot to get your head around. However, a series of small cosmetic treatments, coupled with quality, active ingredients can really help fast-track your journey towards firm, plump and more youthful-looking skin.
If you’re ready to start putting your best face forward, download our free guide to find out more.