Since it has to stretch as we move and grow, our skin is an incredibly elastic living organ. however, these are the main factors that cause the skin to lose its spring over time:
As you age, the production of collagen and elastin in the skin cells is retarded. These are the two main components that form your skin’s supportive connective tissue and structure, and keep it firm and supple.
The general slowdown in metabolism also impacts your body in other ways – including the weakening of the facial muscles, reduction in sebum (oil), loss of subcutaneous components (fatty tissue between the skin and muscle) that plump up the skin, and loss of cartilage and bone mass (especially around the mouth and chin). These result in loosening skin, sunken eyes, puckering of the skin around the mouth, and a gaunt appearance.
Photo-Ageing (Sun Exposure)
Over time, the free radicals resulting from the sun’s ultraviolet rays break down the collagen and elastin fibres in skin cells, causing the skin to lose its strength and elasticity. It will gradually lose its ability to bounce back after being stretched, and eventually sag.
Bad habits, such smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, lead to the production of toxins and free radicals.