Does your skin feel more papery than plump? As we age, skin can become thinner and more fragile, taking on a dry, crepey appearance. If you want to get rid of the appearance of crepey skin, let’s explore the causes of crepey skin and how Eminence Organic Skin Care products can help you.
What Is Crepey Skin?
Crepey skin is characterized by its fragile and thin texture, similar to finely wrinkled paper. While it shares similarities with more common fine lines and wrinkles, this type of skin tends to appear across larger areas, and features prominently where the skin is most fragile, like under the eyes and on the upper inner arms.
Aging, sun damage and lack of moisture all contribute to changes in skin texture, including the development of crepey skin. With age, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin — the proteins that give skin its strength and elasticity. Over time, exposure to UV rays contributes to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, causing skin to sag, thin and wrinkle further. Unfortunately, our skin produces less oil as we grow older, contributing to drier and more crepey-looking skin.
How To Get Rid Of Crepey Skin
According to Healthline, “the sooner you treat crepey skin, the easier it will be to create a noticeable change in its appearance, texture, thickness, and support.” Here’s how you can adjust your skin care routine to improve the appearance of this skin concern:
1. Exfoliate Regularly
We recommend exfoliating skin nightly with a product containing AHAs, which help to break down dead skin cells, moisturize the skin and fade the appearance of fine lines. You may enjoy the Eminence Organics Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel, which both hydrates deeply and minimizes the visible signs of aging for firmer looking skin.
2. Hydrate Your Skin
To improve the appearance of crepey skin, Heidi A. Waldorf, MD, suggests using products with hyaluronic acid, which pulls in and holds moisture to keep skin hydrated and plump. Our Strawberry Rhubarb Masque contains a botanical hyaluronic acid from marshmallow plant extract to smooth and plump skin. This luxurious mask also contains moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, which is high in triglycerides and fatty acids, plus grape seed oil, which is an excellent emollient for skin that repairs the skin’s appearance.
Bamboo Firming Fluid helps the skin appear firmer and reduces the visible signs of aging. This hydrating gel concentrate containing natural retinol tightens the look of the skin using the proprietary ingredient, Natural Retinol Alternative.
3. Use Skin Care With Peptides
With regular use of skin care products with peptide-rich actives, the complexion becomes more elastic and supple-looking. Our Marine Flower Peptide Serum is formulated with botanical peptides from rice protein that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Prevent Transepidermal Water Loss
In addition to the serum mentioned above, the Marine Flower Peptide Night Cream works wonders on crepey skin. It features Dual Peptide Technology and assists crepey skin by providing hydration as well as reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL). This night cream helps hold onto moisture, thereby improving skin barrier function to safeguard against stressors that cause collagen to break down. Our Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream is formulated with botanical peptides from rice protein that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The formula protects the skin against TEWL to help maintain long-lasting hydration and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
5. Apply Sunscreen
We need our daily sun protection to keep our skin healthy and looking firm as sun damage is one of the main culprits for wrinkled skin. Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40 offers SPF 40 all mineral protection to improve the appearance of skin exposed to blue light stress and pollution, both of which can exacerbate the appearance of papery skin.
6. Protect Skin With Antioxidants
Antioxidants help to protect skin against the damaging effects of free radicals, which break down collagen and contribute to the appearance of crepey skin. Foods high in antioxidants include deeply colored fruits and berries, leafy greens and surprising sources like coffee and mushrooms.
For antioxidants in skin care, we recommend our Firm Skin Collection. Infused with antioxidant-rich ingredients like acai berry, blueberry, raspberry and blackberry, the fruit products in this collection help to keep aging skin looking plump, firm and revitalized.
7. Use A Moisture-Rich Night Cream
Crepey skin is characterized by its parchment-like texture, caused by a lack of density and moisture. Rich with monoi oil, argan oil and shea butter, the Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream For Face & Neck targets these issues and softens dry, crepey skin for a smoother and more supple appearance. Our anti-aging complex improves the look of skin density for a beautifully plump-looking complexion.
Do you struggle with crepey skin? Watch Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar as she discusses crepey skin and the preventative measures you can take.
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This article was originally written in July 2018.