Today I’m going to talk about what helps crepey skin. What solutions are available to improve crepey skin.
This came up today because I saw a woman who really looked fantastic. She had great bony structure, she had nice structure to her cheeks and her neck but her skin was really crepey.
She didn’t have any history of being on steroids or anything like that, just developed that creepiness.
So I thought maybe I should share with you some solutions that can improve your crepey skin. And that’s what we’re gonna cover today.
Simple things you can do, no surgery, no needles or anything like that.
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What Helps Crepey Skin? 7 Solutions!
1. Supplemental Collagen
The first thing you want to think about if you’ve got creepy skin is you want to look at improving the collagen of your skin.
Our skin is composed mainly of collagen and as we get older that collagen in our skin thins. The collagen is normally found at these tightly packed fibers and as we get older they become more frayed, they start to fall apart.
One thing we want to do is we want to replenish our skin of the collagen that it’s lost.
Studies show that if you take supplemental collagen, you can actually do that. There are studies that show that those people who take collagen supplements can experience a thickening of the collagen in their skin.
The easiest way to do that is you take a collagen supplement. You take one scoop, you mix it with your drink, you can do it with coffee or tea. Take it once a day and you should see your skin steadily start to improve.
Make sure that you use high-quality supplements. There are some low quality supplements out there that you definitely want to avoid. This is definitely a place where you really want to be careful. Unfortunately for you vegans and vegetarians, there isn’t a whole lot of options for you. Most are cow based.
2 . Bone Broth
Once again, no real vegan or vegetarian option for bone broth but for those of you who are not vegan or vegetarian, bone broth is really chock full of collagen and gelatin. These are proteins that can be very good for the building blocks of your skin.
Dr. Kellyann Petrucci wrote a book called Bone Broth Diet and she has found in so many of her clients and patients such improvement to their skin when they take bone broth.
There are a lot of functional and holistic medicine practitioners who are finding the same thing.
Bone broth isn’t the same as just buying chicken broth or beef broth at your store. This is something where it really has to simmer for a long time with those bones, it takes a long time to make it. If you don’t have the time to make it, you can get that commercially available. I know dr. Kellyann has her own brand.
So bone broth is another great way to replenish your skin of the collagen that it has lost.
3. Retinol Moisturizer
You can use a retinol moisturizer. There have been studies that using retinol or tretinoin, which is a prescription-strength version, by applying that cream to your skin you can thicken the collagen of your skin. You can thicken the dermis which is the deeper layer of the skin.
That’s basically a cream that you use every night. If you pick one anti-aging cream, this is the one to choose.
The difference between a retinol moisturizer and tretinoin is that tretinoin (or retin-a, the same thing) is prescription strength. It is much harder on your skin than an over-the-counter version of retinol.
Retinol is a great way to thicken the college of your skin to decrease the crepeiness of that skin. If you’ve got creepiness on your face, using a retinol moisturizer can work really well for that. You can use it for your hands and for other parts of your body as well.
Be very careful though if you’re using a tretinoin, a prescription-strength version, you don’t want to put that on anywhere but your face because it might be too aggressive.
Be very careful. Start with your face. If you do a body, try to use more of a retinol and over-the-counter version. Don’t necessarily go with the prescription strength because that’s probably going to be too strong.
4. Non-Ablative Laser or RF
If you have access to a med spa, dermatologist or plastic surgeon, there’s certain non-ablative laser. It’s no downtime laser that functions to tighten and even thicken the collagen of your skin.
There’s a number of them out there. Some of them are lasers, some of them are radiofrequency. For example, ReFirme is a radio frequency device. Another one is Pelleve. These are all non-invasive and they function to help thicken and tighten the collagen of your skin.
So if you’ve got loose, crepey skin then doing a laser treatment like this can definitely help.
If your loose, crepey skin is not on your face or your neck, I don’t necessarily recommend these treatments. If that loose, crepey skin is on your tummy or if it’s in your arms, those areas are too big and if you treat it with these types of treatments, most likely you’re not going to see much of a change.
If your doctor is recommending a non-invasive skin tightening treatment, just be very careful because a lot of times the amount of change you’re going to get in those areas is very minimal. You might see it in your neck and your face but you may not see it at all in, let’s say, your tummy, your thighs, your arms, areas.
They just don’t work well enough. So be careful with your money in those situations.
5. Collagen Supporting Multivitamin
If you’re not taking a good multivitamin, get one with these key ingredients: vitamins A, C and D, folate, zinc and green tea extract.
Vitamin C is a cofactor as a part of collagen synthesis in your skin. It’s super important to have vitamin C for your skin.
You may have heard of the term called scurvy. It was a disease or a condition that sailors got a long time ago when they didn’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables when they are on these long voyages.
What would happen is they may pack fresh fruits and vegetables initially on the voyage, but once they finish them after several weeks, these sailors would have bleeding gums and teeth because the collagen of their gums would start breaking down. They would also have issues with their skin.
That’s why vitamin C so so important. It’s also a great antioxidant which is very good for protecting your skin against free radicals.
Zinc is a key mineral that can help with the health of the skin. You need to have zinc to have healthy skin.
Green tea extract is a powerful antioxidant to also help with your skin’s health.
These are great minerals and vitamins to help with supporting the collagen of your skin. If you’ve got crepey skin, this is definitely something that I would recommend.
If you’ve got crepey skin, take a probiotic at least 5 to 15 billion CFU. This is something that’s not necessarily going to have a direct impact on crepey skin but a lot of times people have crepey skin and also have some inflammation going on in their skin.
A lot of times the skin that’s somewhat unhealthy, that’s not vibrant and lustrous is because of issues in the gut. Taking a good probiotic every day can help to treat that and if you’ve got a gut related issue causing problems with your skin, this may be able to help it.
7. Fish Oil
Fish oil is really important because it contains omega-3 fatty acids that are great for reducing inflammation of your skin.
Once again, fish oil and the probiotic aren’t going to directly impact the crepeiness of your skin, but they can definitely help with promoting skin health.
Rebecca is a licensed aesthetician and certified laser technician with almost 15 years experience in the dermatology. Her life-long passion is making people look good and happy.