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Skin Matters: Getting From Saggy to Firm

I firmly believe in the maxim that prevention is better than cure. So, in a previous article, I talked about how to prevent your skin from sagging.

But some things are easier said, than done. What about when one already has saggy skin?

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There are many skin-tightening creams on the market, which claim to be able to reduce sagging. I am often asked whether they work. In my professional opinion, a skin tightening cream will work, if it has certain ingredients in the right proportions. The ingredients are Aloe Vera, hyaluronic acid, yeast extract, soy protein, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A. These can help hydrate and increase collagen and elastin-formation in skin.
So, if you’re planning to go down the skin-tightening route, look on the label of your cream for some of these ingredients.

As a naturopath and skincare formulator, I make sure to only promote natural oils and butters.
For restoring saggy skin to its former glory, I have my list of favourites, which I swear by. Here they are … and why:

Avocado Oil
This special skin firming oil is at the top of my list, because it has proven effective in reducing signs of ageing. It also improves the overall health of your facial skin. The sugars found in avocado oil boost collagen, then lift and tighten the skin on the face and neck.

Olive Oil
A firming oil, which tightens loose skin and help fight wrinkles, it also prevents skin from drying out. Because it penetrates the skin quickly and easily, olive oil is good for massages. Its skin-nourishing properties can be relied on to produce the effect of a non-surgical facelift!

Grape seed Oil
Another of my favourite skin-tightening and anti-ageing oils, so I put some in every single formulation I create. It not only firms the skin; it also helps in the fight against stretch marks and scars.

Jojoba Oil
This has so many uses, that it is found in a number of creams and lotions. I use it in my anti-ageing formulae just because it helps to firm, tighten, and moisturise the skin. Because of its hydration benefits, it is especially good for mature skin, as well young people whose skin has suffered as a result of sun exposure.

The use of these oils (or products containing these ingredients) can combat saggy skin effectively – and keep dreams of summers filled with bikinis and spaghetti straps, alive 🙂

Annette Kallamu is the Director and Chief Skincare Formulator of Natural Skin Cuisine. She lives in London, is a registered midwife, holds an LLB and can be reached via www.naturalskincuisine.com

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