As we age, the skin starts to break down. This breakdown manifests itself in a loss of elasticity and the subsequent development of wrinkles, stretch marks, crow’s feet, puffiness under the eyes, and so on. The fascinating part of the aging process is that it is different for everyone. There are people in their 60s and 70s with skin that still looks 20 years youngerwhile there are others that seem to age prematurely before our eyes.
A good way to tell how your skin is doing is to take the skin elasticity test. No, you don’t have to make an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist. In fact, you can conduct the test yourself in the privacy of your own home. You can do it in just seconds, too. The test will give you a good idea of how your skin is doing in relation to your actual age.
How to Conduct the Test
The idea behind the skin elasticity test is to determine the functional age of your skin. Functional age is different from actual age in that it tells you how your skin is functioning as compared to ideal conditions. More on that in just a minute. To conduct the test, do the following:
- Pinch the skin on the back of one of your hands and hold for 5 seconds.
- Let go and count the number of seconds it takes for the skin to return to its natural position.
Young and healthy skin will flatten out very quickly. The longer your skin takes to return to its natural position, the greater the functional age of your skin. For example, if the functional age of your skin is 30 years or less, it should flatten out in no more than 2 seconds. If the functional age of your skin is 70 years or more, it can take almost a minute for it to flatten out.
Keep in mind that functional age is based on optimal conditions. For example, the functional age of 70 years refers to how the skin of a normal, healthy 70-year-old would react to the same test. So if you are 50 years old but your skin is 70 years old functionally, it has aged prematurely. By the way, there are plenty of online resources with detailed information on the skin elasticity test and how to measure the results.
How to Address Premature Aging
Let us assume you take the skin elasticity test only to discover that your skin its prematurely aging. You do not have to accept the results and hope for the best. You can do some simple things to slow down the aging and, in some cases, reverse it.
The face and hands have some of the most sensitive skin on the body. They are also the two areas where premature aging takes their greatest toll. You can treat them with an organic, regenerative oil that nourishes dry skin, evens out skin tone, and reduces inflammation. CRUDE’s Bloom regenerative oil and deep cleansing oil are two 100% certified organic products formulated to nourish the skin to combat premature aging.
For the rest of the body, consider the following tips for improving your skin:
- Reduce your sugar intake
- Use sunscreen outdoors
- Avoid tobacco and alcohol
- Get plenty of restful sleep
- Eat a healthy diet
- Get regular exercise.
Aging is a natural part of living, but there is no need for premature aging to take its toll on your skin. Take the skin elasticity test to see how your skin is doing.