What causes your face to sag?

Face Sag: Why it happens

Do you look at your face in the mirror and see sagging skin? Don't worry, you're not alone. As we age, our skin loses collagen and facial fat, which can cause it to droop. This is also called skin laxity. But the good news is, there are ways to combat the sag! 

woman looking in mirror and noticing face is beginning to sag

First, avoid smoking and tanning, as they slow down collagen production. Second, maintain a healthy weight to prevent facial fat loss. And lastly, consider using skincare products with collagen-boosting ingredients. 

Have you ever noticed how perfect a babies skin is? It's packed full of collagen. Natural aging and certain lifestyle factors cause collagen production to slow down and make our face appear to sag.

Another reason our face sags is weight loss. When we lose significant amounts of weight, we lose fat from our face, as well as in the rest of our bodies. Skin appears to droop and face sag, known as jowls, appear.

Face Sag: What can we do?

Collagen and elastin: The key to tight skin

Collagen and elastin are two proteins that give skin its strength and elasticity. They are found in the dermis, the deep layer of skin. The fat layer lies beneath the dermis.

As we age, we begin to lose collagen and elastin. This is why our skin becomes looser and sags.

Collagen is like a scaffolding that holds skin in place. Elastin is like a spring that helps skin bounce back into place after it is stretched.

When we lose collagen and elastin, our skin loses its scaffolding and its springiness. This is why our skin begins to sag.

If you've ever wondered what the difference between collagen and elastin is, read my blog on the differences.

Pro-Collagen Creamsaim to replace the natural collagen which is lost.They do this by enhancing, through various means, the rate at which your skin naturally produces collagen. Often ingredients like Pro-Vitamin B5, Hibiscus, Niacinamide, Vitamin C, and Retinoids are found in these youth-enhancers.

Key ingredients to look for in Collagen products

ProVitamin B5 (DL-Panthenol) has been shown to increase the proliferation of fibroblasts in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin where wrinkles form.

Hibiscus extracthas a magical reputation for increasing skin elasticity to give a stunning natural youth-boost.

Niacinamide can help your skin grow a ceramide (lipid) barrier*, which can in turn, help retain moisture. This is beneficial for all skin types, especially if you have sagging, mature skin.

Pro-Collagen creams can give you great results but take a while to achieve. Their results, however, should be longer lasting.

Sagging skin is a natural part of aging, but there are things you can do to minimize face sag. By following the tips in this article, you can help keep your skin looking its best for years to come.


*Niacinamide and the skin