Crepey skin: Causes and treatment

crepey skin treatment

Have you seen a crepe paper? That’s exactly what happens to the skin under this condition, it becomes thin and wrinkly and feels saggy and loose. You’ll be surprised to know that the most common cause of this isn’t age, but something else, and you should definitely start caring for your skin to prevent this condition in your 40s, right now! So what exactly causes crepey skin, let’s see.

Did you tan?

So for most of you, crepey skin would be similar to wrinkles, which isn’t the case here. The reason behind wrinkles is the repeated muscular movement, unlike crepey skin, which is mainly caused by sun damage. You heard it right! Sun can be a good source of Vitamin D, but overexposure to harmful UV rays can break down the elastin found in our skin, which makes your skin supple and stretchy. These fibers do heal naturally, but a complete repair of the damaged elastin is impossible. Other causes of crepey skin condition include:

  • Loss of collagen due to aging
  • Pollution
  • Too much stress
  • Alcohol and smoking
  • Less oil production by the skin
  • Hormonal changes
  • Lack of moisturization or dryness

The key factor here is to create a barrier between the skin and the environment so the moisture could stay intact, due to a lack of that, the skin can get dry and may look crepey.

Here’s how to prevent it

Before we go ahead and discuss how to fix it naturally let’s just take a look at a few ways to prevent this from happening,

  • Moisturize often
  • Drink more water
  • Avoid the sun by wearing UV protective gear. 
  • Exfoliate with a sugar scrub and oil-based exfoliator
  • Avoid sleeping on your sides
  • Switch to natural skincare products

How to fix it with Natural Remedies

A good skincare routine can heal everything. While crepey skin targets your upper arms mostly, the area around the neck and chest isn’t safe as well, here are some of our best picks to get rid of crepey skin on upper arms and wherever it’s been lurking at,

Rice Mask

Rice works best to lock the moisture into your skin and make it feel soft, supple, and plump. It’s

even an effective remedy for fading wrinkles. Packed with the goodness of linoleic and squalene, it boosts collagen production and helps skin retain its elasticity.

To make your own Rice mask you’ll need

1. Half a cup of boiled rice

2. A spoonful of honey and raw milk

Mix them well and apply it for 15-20 minutes on a clean face, wash off with water.

Sugar and Honey scrub

Exfoliation is a necessary step in a skincare routine, it helps to get rid of dead skin cells and

promotes healthy blood flow. You should exfoliate twice a week, especially around the upper arms and neck area, it’s where the skin tends to get dry the most. To make this, you need to mix two spoonfuls of sugar with a spoonful of honey. You can add a few drops of olive oil to make it even more effective. Simply scrub your skin gently in circular motions and wash off with lukewarm water.

Castor oil

It is a rich source of omega 9 fatty acids that stimulate collagen production, an important thing

to note here is that castor oil can have a drying effect on the skin, so it’s better to mix it with equal parts of the coconut, olive, or grapeseed oil. A combination of castor oil and grapeseed, make a perfect treatment for this as the goodness of antioxidants and Vitamin C can

make this work faster.

Skin Firming mask

To make your saggy skin look toned and lifted, we’ve got a secret recipe.

To make this mask, you’ll need plain yogurt, turmeric powder, and fullers earth clay or Multani

Mitti.  Mix 2 spoons of yogurt with a spoonful of fuller earth and a pinch of turmeric. Yogurt soothes and moisturizes the skin while clay makes your skin-tight.

Red algae

An amazing ingredient that not just relieves stress but helps with all kinds of saggy skin issues.

Glycerol, pigments, and metabolites in the algae can help balance the skin’s elasticity as well as boost collagen production. Any form of algae, green, brown or red is extremely rich in

metabolites and helps with better blood circulation in the saggy skin area making it rejuvenated and tight.

Besides all of these, take a diet rich in vitamin C, switch to silk it makes skin younger-looking, and don’t forget to hydrate.

Author Bio:

Emylee  is a wellness lifestyle writer. She loves sharing her thoughts and personal experiences related to natural remedies, yoga and fitness through her writing. She currently writes for How To Cure. She can connect with others experiencing health concerns and help them through their recovery journeys through natural remedies.

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