What Causes Skin to Sag?

Whether or not you dread it, catching your first glimpse of the visible signs of aging in the mirror can make your heart sink: loose, sagging skin or even crepey skin. How did your age catch up to you? Although it may have only taken you a second to notice, the cumulative effects of skin-aging factors happen over time.

So what exactly causes sagging, loose skin?

It’s a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic factors—things that happen naturally as we age and things we can help control. It’s actually said that intrinsic aging only makes up about 10% of the aging process, while the remaining 90% of it is extrinsic. If this is true, then that’s one good thing about aging.

Intrinsic Causes of Sagging Skin

Unfortunately, we cannot stop the march of time and the natural aging process. As we age, things start to break down, slow down, or simply stop producing. The muscles that support our skin gradually weaken . Additionally, our cells renew more slowly , and our bodies produce less collagen and elastin —the skin’s connective tissue that gives skin its youthful elasticity, smoothness and firmness.

Elastin is what gives skin its natural resilience—its youthful-looking “snap” back—while collagen is the protein that gives skin its framework. When these two components start to break down due to intrinsic aging, skin begins to loosen, sag and droop. This leads to visible fine lines, deep wrinkles, and thin, crepey skin that looks a lot like crepe paper.

Another intrinsic cause of sagging skin is gravity. As time goes on, the more we are exposed to it and the more our skin is affected by the gravitational pull. Skin that was once firm and lifted starts to go south as it droops with each passing day.

And finally, there’s the intrinsic culprit of good ol’ genetics. Some people are simply predisposed to have sagging skin in certain places.

Extrinsic Causes of Sagging Skin

Now onto the good news: there are things we can do to prevent or slow down the effects of aging. Our lifestyle choices and habits play a big role in how our skin appears now and in the future. Sun damage is the #1 cause of prematurely aging skin , so always apply sunscreen before stepping outside, even on cloudy days. Also, try to avoid or limit your time in the sun from 11 am to 2 pm when the sun’s UV rays are the most powerful. Sun exposure damages skin cells while UV radiation breaks down collagen and elastin , leading to loss of firmness and elasticity, and therefore more lines and wrinkles.

Smoking is next in line as the second biggest culprit of premature aging. It basically zaps moisture from your skin, replacing skins’ youthful tone and plumpness with dryness and dullness, causing more lines and wrinkles to form.

Aside from smoking, other bad habits that can cause skin to age and sag are alcohol consumption, poor diet (like processed foods high in sugar, which cause inflammation), stress, lack of exercise as well as lack of sleep . Any one of these lead to cumulative damage over the years, and the effects are even more profound when you’re guilty of more than one of these bad habits.

And finally, rapid weight loss or losing a lot of weight without exercise can cause loose, sagging skin. To help prevent this, you shouldn’t lose more than 1-2 pounds per week. Your weight-loss plan should also include a healthy, balanced diet and strength training to build muscle .

How to Fight Crepey, Sagging Skin

Thankfully, all is not lost, as there are more and more advances in skincare that treat various visible signs of aging, including the more challenging skin concerns like loose, thin, crepey skin. Crepe Erase is an anti-aging body care system clinically proven to reverse crepey-looking skin. Just one use can give you instantly visible results, which get even better the longer you use it.

Based on average results of a 50-person evaluation by an expert clinical grader, 90% of Crepe Erase users showed improvement in skin firmness on the arms after just 4 weeks. After 8 weeks, 95% of users experienced a lifted appearance of the skin.

Crepe Erase is formulated with their exclusive TruFirm Complex to promote healthy collagen and elastin, helping to prevent the breakdown that leads to droopy, sagging skin. TruFirm contains three powerful phytonutrients—apple, dill and sage—proven to combat weakened, dehydrated skin to give you smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin.

At the core of Crepe Erase is the simple 2-step Essentials System: The Exfoliating Body Polish gently buffs away dead skin cells to reveal visibly smoother, firmer skin, and the Intensive Body Repair Treatment visibly repairs and conditions the look of dry, aging, crepey skin—restoring its youthful bounce.

You can try the Crepe Erase Essentials System at a special price of just $39.95, which is backed by a 60-day money-back guarantee. So if you’re not happy with the results, you can get a full refund of the purchase price—and you don’t even have to return the bottles. It also comes with free 4-in-1 Eye Renewal Capsules that visibly lift and smooth the eye area while banishing the look of dark circles and under-eye puffiness. Click here to learn more or to try their introductory 2-piece system.