SEPT 05, 2022
Whatever your skin texture type is, signs of aging will inevitably manifest. Aging is often accompanied by wrinkles and loose skin, which can compromise both your aesthetics and overall health over time. Thin areas of the skin on the body–from your legs and arms to your neck and eyes– can cause the appearance of a wrinkled, paper-like texture known as crepey skin, making your body vulnerable to both extrinsic and intrinsic stressors and impacting system-wide health. This blog will highlight the tell-tale signs of crepey skin, the mechanisms that cause it, and, most importantly, ways to prevent crepey skin from developing in the first place.
What does crepey skin look like?
What areas of the body are more prone to crepiness?
Why is my skin crepey all of a sudden?
What causes crepey skin?
The leading cause of skin crepiness is excessive exposure to sunlight's ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV radiation has been shown to directly reduce the production1 and the stability 2 of structural collagen, reducing skin’s tight appearance and damaging skin health. UV rays can also “crack” elastic structures and irreversibly reduce elasticity in the skin3. Excessive UV exposure via sunlight and tanning beds, especially in your early 20s, can reduce the skin's ability to repair and regenerate these essential structures. This can be avoided through sunscreen and sticking to the shade when possible.
Rapid weight change
Significant changes in weight through gain or loss can often lead to loose and crepey skin. As the skin stretches during this process, thick collagen fibers become excessively thin, and elastic fibers become less dense4. This leads to skin sagginess, particularly in thin layers of skin.
Lack of moisture
Breakdown of the skin’s structural layers ultimately lowers the skin’s ability to maintain moisture. Use of moisturizers containing alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid help to hold water in the skin and improve skin texture.
Pollutants are unavoidable, which is why a proper skincare routine is essential in maintaining clean and clear skin. Air pollutant chemicals such as particulate matter may accumulate on the skin areas at risk for crepiness and must be removed through proper cleansing and antioxidants.
Long-term use of some steroids and other drugs (i.e., Prednisone and hydrocortisone) can also inhibit the skin’s ability to maintain collagen production and proper moisture5.
What role do collagen and elastin play in the development of crepey skin?
What causes crepey skin on the face vs. the body?
What are early signs of crepey skin developing?
Do lifestyle and diet play a role in crepey skin formation?
How can crepey skin be prevented and treated?
- Protection from the sun is essential in preventing crepey skin. If you find yourself outdoors, use sunscreen with SPF 30+. And if you find yourself in a tanning bed, get out.
- Keep your skin clean with a proper cleansing routine to remove cosmetics and pollutants. OneSkin’s gentle facial cleanser, PREP, helps to remove these materials without disrupting your skin’s barrier function and microbiome.
- Use products with ingredients that delay aging skin, such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, ceramides for skin, and allantoin for skin.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Water retention in the skin is essential for barrier function and efficient cell turnover. OS-01 FACE and OS-01 BODY are both daily moisturizers powered by the OS-01 peptide, which has been scientifically proven to increase epidermal thickness and activate genes associated with collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
- Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoid smoking.