Have you ever found yourself pulling back or pinching extra skin on your face and wishing it would go away?
Sagging skin, especially on the face, can be a cause of misery for many. If you're wondering what causes it and what you can do about it, keep reading to find out how to treat skin sagging on face. For Chinese version, check out this article, “脸部下垂怎么办?” instead.
What Causes Sagging Skin on Face?
Sagging skin occurs when collagen levels and natural amounts of fat and fiber elastin within the layers of the skin decrease.
With collagen and fat gone, this leaves an empty space underneath the skin layers which then causes sagging.
There are many factors that could cause a loss of collagen and fiber elastic. This includes:
As you age, the skin naturally becomes less elastic due to the natural loss of collagen and fat, the skin starts to sag and the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines will occur.
Menopause causes your body to stop making as much collagen. This, combined with skin dryness, causes saggy skin.
Getting some level of saggy and loose skin is common after pregnancy especially for women who carry multiple babies like twins or triplets.
If you used to carry a lot of extra weight for an extended period of time, the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin would have been damaged. This makes it harder for the skin to snap back when you lose weight, causing loose skin.
The sun, particularly UV rays, is known to particularly deteriorate collagen and elastin fibers in the skin at a faster rate.
Specific Medical Conditions
There are medical conditions that can cause saggy skin, such as the rare subtype of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, known as granulomatous slack skin. Those with this condition will see the skin on the elbows and knees sag gradually.
There's also the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a rare, connective tissue disorder. This illness is often inherited, and those with EDS are unable to produce collagen. This results with saggy skin, especially on the face.
How Do I Know If I Have Sagging Skin?
It may be hard to know for certain if your face is really losing volume and becoming saggy. The best way to know for certain is to check your Triangle of Beauty.
Triangle of Beauty
Source: Skin Beauty Guide
The proper triangle of beauty feature on the face must include:
- High cheekbones
- Defined lower cheeks
- A pointed and defined jawline
These features, together with smooth skin, are called the Triangle of Beauty and are features of what's seen as a younger looking face. This is because the face shape and structure is wide from your cheeks, and narrows down to the chin.
Inverted Triangle of Beauty
To know if you have sagging skin, check if your Triangle of Beauty has inverted. Look for signs of:
- A wider jawline due to loose skin
- Flatter cheeks
- Your under eye area and temples look hollow
All of this, including sagging skin around your jawline, shows that you are suffering from sagging skin.
Can Sagging Skin Be Reversed?
Sagging skin for many people is mainly caused by aging, which is a process that cannot be reversed. Surgery is often the main suggestion to fix the issue of saggy skin, but not only would it be expensive, it may not be an option for many.
With that said it is possible to improve saggy skin. Through proper care and treatment, there are ways to look into how you can firm up the skin as you age and reduce the sight of saggy skin.
9 Ways To Treat and Improve Sagging Skin
#1 Use an at-home skin tightening beauty device
Rather than opt for surgery, you can use skin tightening beauty devices that come with the latest technology usually seen at skincare clinics. Except now you can use it safely at home!
When it comes to tightening sagging skin, some of the latest technology you can look out for in a beauty device includes features like radio frequency (RF) and LED skincare treatment. These technologies help generate heat deep into the inner layer of skin, resulting in collagen production.
Some homecare beauty devices that come with said features include the TriPollar STOP Vx and even the CELLRETURN LED Mask Platinum. Not only will it help address sagging skin issues, but also other skin conditions like wrinkles and skin inflammation!
Another effective device which is from Belega美容仪, the Belega CellCure 4T Plus is also known to be the best at home device for sagging skin. It comes with a patented technology called I.W. wave for treating loose skin on face, and it's popularly used in beauty salons, except now you can enjoy a salon-grade skin tightening treatment at home with this tool!
#2 Eat a healthy diet
You will want to eat foods that encourage the production of elastin and collagen to help prevent saggy skin. So be sure to eat foods like:
- Protein such as egg whites which have amino acids that form collagen
- Citrus fruits and dark green vegetables that have vitamin C that helps the amino acids form collagen
- Antioxidants like green tea and tomato to help protect skin against inflammation and oxidative stress
- Sulfur-containing food like garlic to help make collagen
- Foods filled with beta carotene like carrots and sweet potatoes which are rich in vitamin A that restores damaged collagen
Also be sure to cut out or reduce processed food and red meat as these can cause more damage to the skin instead.
#3 Exercise and do face yoga
If your skin is sagging due to weight loss or pregnancy, building muscles can help improve loose skin. The goal is to build muscle mass or tighten muscles which can help reduce sagging skin.
Look into workouts like Pilates which uses controlled movements to tighten and strengthen the body’s core, glutes, legs, and arms. Or resistance training, where you workout with weights, machines, or resistance bands to help increase muscle mass.
Another more direct way of building muscle for your face is doing face yoga or facial exercise. These exercises are known to reduce saggy skin around the chin, jowls, and throat. For ideas on what facial exercises you can do, read our How To Get V Shape Face Naturally article!
#4 Use good quality skin tightening or firming products
There are creams, lotions, and serums that can help address sagging skin. What's important to look out for when using these anti aging skin care products is that they should contain retinol or Hyaluronic Acid as these help improve elasticity for the skin.
Suggestions include the Silk'n Hyaluronic Serum, which not only has Hyaluronic Acid, but is also enriched with Panthenol, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera and Dead Sea minerals. All of which work well in offering intense hydration and nourishment for the skin!
#5 Take collagen supplements
As sagging skin is due to a loss of collagen under the layers of the skin, it makes sense to take oral supplements that contain ingredients such as collagen and hyaluronic acid to help with this issue.
In fact, there have been some studies such as this 2015 study and this 2018 study that show that taking supplements can help address issues such as sagging skin.
Research shows that a daily intake of 2.5–5 grams of collagen supplement for 8 weeks can help the skin cells renew and repair itself. It can even significantly improve skin elasticity and skin moisture too!
#6 Reduce alcohol intake and smoking
If you smoke or drink excessively, you will need to watch out as these activities are well known to cause further signs of aging on the skin!
Tobacco smoke damages collagen and elastin, while nicotine reduces the flow of blood to your skin causing it to lose important nutrients. Drinking alcohol dehydrates your skin and further deprives it of much needed nutrients. This then speeds up your skin aging process further.
So if you smoke or drink alcohol, best to reduce it or better yet cut it off completely!
#7 Apply sunscreen daily
Even if you're not outdoors much or the day seems cloudy, it's important to apply sunscreen daily!
The sun's UV rays are well known to cause damage and speed the signs of aging on skin, causing the appearance of wrinkles and, yes, saggy skin. The worst part is that these UV rays can still reach you even on a cloudy day!
So make it a habit to use sunscreen on a daily basis to keep your skin protected to help your saggy skin. Look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to 50 and remember to use it on a daily basis, even if you're indoors.
#8 Drink plenty of water
Staying well hydrated helps your overall skin appearance, with studies showing women who increased their daily water intake having significant improvements on their overall appearance.
By drinking a good amount of water day-in and day-out, you can slowly tighten the skin and maintain a healthy glow. Proper skin hydration also helps the skin to become plump and improve elasticity which will definitely help with sagging skin!
The recommended amount is eight glasses of water. So keep drinking!
#9 Get enough quality sleep
Sleep is well known to be important in helping your body rest and recover. It also helps the skin make new collagen, so if you're lacking sleep this will definitely cause your skin to sag.
When you don't get enough sleep, your body becomes more stressed as it tries very hard to regain hormonal balance. This stress damages collagen in the skin, leading to all sorts of skin issues including the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
So strive to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, and make sure it's quality sleep to really help the skin produce more collagen.
It’s Never Too Late To Address Saggy Skin!
Hopefully you found these tips useful! Let us know if you'll be trying out any of these tips to help your issue with saggy skin and if it works out for you!
Depending on the level of sagging skin that you're experiencing, some of these suggestions may seem too little too late. If you feel that way, we recommend using beauty devices as these are the best at directly addressing the issue of saggy skin as best as possible.
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