Skin laxity can occur anywhere, but it is most noticeable on the face. When skin becomes lax, you’ll notice an increase in fine lines and wrinkles, puffiness and bags under the eyes, and increased cellulite. While it can appear in different forms and different locations, skin laxity detracts from your natural beauty by exacerbating aging.
Both intrinsic and extrinsic factors cause skin laxity, including natural aging, genetics, stress, diet, environmental exposure, smoking, and sun exposure. Sun exposure leads to a loss of collagen and elastin in your skin, resulting in lax skin that only gets worse over the years.
Melasma is a common problem caused by sun exposure. These brown or grayish-brown patches on the skin appear on areas of your face that are frequently exposed to the sun, like your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. You may also see them on your shoulders, forearms, and neck. Melasma frequently occurs in young women with darker skin tones, pregnant women, or women taking hormone replacement therapy. There is also a genetic factor to melasma. This unfavorable aesthetic appearance fortunately has no other symptoms.
Mature women may also deal with sun spots. The dark spots you see on your face, back of your hands, chest, and shoulders are a cosmetic concern that typically begins around the age of 40. Also known as sun spots, liver spots, or age spots, these darkly pigmented patches are commonly caused by years of carefree sun exposure. Sometimes they may be caused by medication reactions, pregnancy, or skin diseases, they are typically due to the damaging effects of the sun.
Fortunately, dark spots are usually only an aesthetic problem. However, you should always investigate whether or not other forms of damage are at play, as it is easy to confuse a harmless age spot with a precancerous or cancerous skin condition. See your doctor for a skin exam, and have a skin cancer screening before self-diagnosing any of your dark spots.
Of course, avoiding damaging sun exposure and always wear SPF protection is the number one way to combat premature aging and skin damage from UV rays.
Additionally, with skin cancer rates increasing amongst all ages, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the danger of UV rays. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated each year in over 3.3 million people. Alarmingly, the instances of melanoma among young men and women ages 18 to 39 have skyrocketed in the last 40 years, increasing 800% in young women and 400% in young men.
Avoiding the sun prevents damage, but it also prevents you from achieving a sun-kissed glow that exudes youthfulness, health, and sexiness. I’ve addressed the desire for a healthy bronze by creating the Honey-Dip Ageless Sunless Tanner. This solution is full of healthy, organic, and natural ingredients so you can have a luminous glow year round all while improving the overall health and appearance of your skin.
Gotu Kola improves skin’s firmness and elastin structure to ward of skin laxity, papaya helps even out skin tone by reducing the appearance of dark spots, and aloe and coconut hydrates for soft and supple skin.