Collagen and elastin—two proteins that keep your skin smooth, tight, and wrinkle-free—are essential for healthy, youthful-looking skin. But factors like ageing, sun damage, and exposure to airborne toxins can cause collagen and elastin to break down over time. When that happens, the skin around your face, neck, and chest may become wrinkled, saggy, and loose.
Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to give your skin tightening treatment it’s craving and help prevent sagging skin. But before we get to those, let’s talk about what causes your skin to sag in the first place.
What Causes Sagging Skin?
As we mentioned, sagging skin is one of the main signs of ageing, sun exposure, and toxin exposure, but it doesn’t stop there. Over time, wrinkles, furrows, frown lines, and crow’s feet slowly start forming.
Then your skin begins to sag from your cheeks, nose, chin, neck, arms, and other places on your body. This is all caused by three things: connective tissue weakening, uneven fat distribution, and weight loss and pregnancy.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil, as the name suggests, is the oil derived from the flesh (the white part) of a coconut. It has become a familiar staple in many kitchens and can also be used to tighten your skin.
Coconut oil is a powerful antioxidant that works to eliminate free radicals that can damage your skin. In addition, coconut oil hydrates and moisturizes your skin, which prevents sagging.
To use coconut oil as a skin tightening treatment , start with a teaspoon of coconut oil and massage it into your skin for five minutes before bed. The massaging helps to push the coconut oil deeper into your skin where it can do the most good. Leave the oil on overnight for an added boost of healing.
2. Egg White & Honey Mask
Egg whites and honey have each been known for their many health benefits. But together, the two foods can also be combined and used as a mask to tighten sagging and loose skin.
Egg white is rich in the protein albumin, which works to rebuild skin cells, improve skin’s elasticity, and impart a natural glow. Honey is a powerful antioxidant that can help remove toxins that build up over time in your skin. Used together, they provide a powerful one-two punch to tighten skin.
Separate 1 egg white from the yolk. Mix the egg white with 2 tablespoons of honey and apply it to your face, neck, or chest. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, wash off the mask with warm water and pat dry. For best results, use the egg white and honey mask once a week.
3. Olive Oil
Before hydrating creams and moisturizing lotions, there was olive oil. The ancient Egyptians used olive oil as a cleanser, moisturizer, and antibacterial agent to help give their skin a radiant glow and protect them from the sun.
Like many other substances on this list, olive oil is a powerful antioxidant. But it also contains a healthy dose of vitamin E that not only tightens your skin but protects it from sun damage.
After your evening shower, massage olive oil into your face, neck, and chest. Continue massaging the areas for a few minutes to help the oil penetrate your skin. Olive oil can be used every day in place of a body lotion.
4. Coffee Scrub
Coffee is the go-to morning beverage for millions of people. Not only can coffee help you start your day, but it can also be used at night to tighten your skin and prevent the signs of ageing.
Coffee contains antioxidants that slow the signs of skin ageing. When used as a scrub in combination with other substances, coffee exfoliates and firms your skin while at the same time working to smooth out and eliminate fat deposits.
In a bowl, combine the following ingredients:
- ¼ cup of coffee grounds
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (heat this slightly to make it a liquid)
Using your fingers and small circular motions, scrub your face, neck, and chest for 3 minutes. Rinse the mixture off using warm water. For best results, apply this scrub once a week.
5. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a plant that provides many health benefits, not least of which is to help tighten and heal ageing and sun-damaged skin. Witch hazel can be purchased online or at most drug stores or health food stores.
Witch hazel is most commonly used as an astringent, where it works to shrink pores and tighten skin. Witch hazel also helps to slow the breakdown of the collagen and elastin within your skin.
At night before bed, or whenever you use an astringent, soak a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply liberally to your face, neck, and chest. Let the witch hazel dry for five minutes. Do not rinse your skin after it has dried.
For added healing benefits, apply another round of witch hazel to the same areas. Witch hazel is gentle enough that it can be used daily in place of an alcohol-based toner.