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As we age, our skin is one of the first things that time takes a toll on, noticeably. This doesn’t have to be so if the right steps are taken to keep your skin tight as the years go by. The breakdown of collagen and elastin is one of the biggest causes of skin beginning to droop and become less tight. Time may be out of our control, but there are some things that are still in our control to an extent. 

    Elastin is what gives your skin that “elastic” or springy look to it. Science tells us that our bodies stop producing this wonderful substance around the time that we hit puberty. Miraculously, you can use products that contain “retinoids”, which have been proven to stimulate your skin to begin producing elastin again. 

    Sunlight may give your skin that nice, warm tan color that makes you feel amazing, but you’ll want to make a choice here. Either you want temporarily tan skin or permanently damaged skin. Not to say you shouldn’t expose your skin to sunlight ever. Moderation is the way to go here. Using sunblock that is SPF 30 at least, is a must. 

    It’s not easy to combat things we cannot see, such as free radicals. But they do exist and wreak havoc on our skin, unfortunately. To prevent free radicals from causing your skin to sag or wrinkle over time, you’ll want to increase your intake of antioxidants, such as berries. 

    Skin routines have become quite the fad in recent years. They’re nothing to laugh at though. Taking proper care of your skin on a daily basis is important if you want to keep your skin tight and young looking for years to come. You won’t regret adding a moisturizer into your daily skincare routine. 

    Smoking is bad for your skin for many reasons. First of all, smoking destroys your collagen and elastin. We’ve already established that these are essential elements of tight skin, that your body doesn’t produce forever. Why deplete what stores you have left sooner than later by smoking? Additionally, the puckering face that a person makes when taking a drag from a cigarette causes wrinkles to form around the mouth, after doing this repetitively for years and years. This concept also applies to using straws all the time. 

    It goes without saying that eating right as well as eliminating sugar and artificial foods from one’s diet is good for your overall health. As far as your skin goes, eating copious amounts of sugar on a regular basis has been proven to prematurely age skin. 

    Your skin doesn’t have to succumb to all of the negative changes that come with time, so quickly. There are steps that can be taken to keep your skin looking fresh and supple for years beyond typical expectancy. Seeing skin sag and wrinkle at younger ages is common in today’s day and age because of all of these bad habits or lack of good habits, that most partake in. By becoming conscious of your skin care habits, and taking steps to prevent these negative changes, you can, in fact, keep your skin tight and healthy for decades to come.