What Is Crepey Skin?
Crepey skin is thin, finely wrinkled and resembles crepe paper. Crepey skin generally demonstrates signs of sun damage and may appear thin and lacking elasticity.
What Causes Crepey Skin?
Some of the most common causes of crepey skin are:
UV rays are in part responsible for breaking down collagen and elastin in the skin that help skin keep its firmness and elasticity. When these fibres breakdown, skin loosens leaving it thin and wrinkled.
UV rays aren’t solely responsible for collagen and elastin production breaking down, ageing also plays its part. As you get older the skin’s ability to repair and renew itself slows down. Environmental damage, smoking and stress can all take its toll on the skin over time and contribute to signs of ageing.
Lack of Moisture
As we get older, our skin doesn’t produce as much oil as when we were younger. These oils create an important lipid barrier that protects skin and help seal in moisture. Hormonal changes, such as menopause, can also lead to drier skin. A great way to keep the skin hydrated is to drink enough water every day and apply a topical moisturiser daily to keep skin supple and hydrated.
Excessive Weight Loss
As mentioned above, when we age our skin loses elasticity and firmness, so when skin has been stretched and sudden weight loss occurs, the skin struggles to build enough collagen and elastin to compensate. This can leave skin looking wrinkled and thinner in appearance.
Should You Be Moisturising Crepey Skin?
Yes! Moisture is essential for helping crepey skin appear hydrated and more supple.The drier the skin is, the more “crepey” its appearance may seem.
As we get older, looking after your skin and not just on your face should be a priority. Skin no longer produces oil the way it used to therefore your skin loses its barrier protection that protects skin from environmental pollutants that cause irritation and inflammation.
What Kind Of Moisturisers Should You Use For Crepey Skin?
When searching for a moisturiser for crepey skin, some important ingredients to look out for are oils such as Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. Another ingredient you may want to apply to crepey skin are products which contain Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a superhero ingredient for ageing and damaged skin as it helps repair environmental damage, fight free radicals, speeds up collagen production and diminishes the appearance of ageing and pigmentation.
Other ingredients which you should look out for are Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid as these ingredients are humectants that hold onto moisture in the skin, plumping out fine lines and leave skin looking hydrated and supple.
And of course, the holy grail of anti-ageing ingredients, Retinol, is essential to use on crepey skin. Retinol has the ability to speed up collagen production, restoring the skin’s elasticity which leaves skin looking firmer and plumper.
Some SKINICIAN products we recommend incorporating into your skincare routine to keep crepey skin moisturised are: Overnight Retinol Powerbalm, Vitamin C Elixir, Time Delay Day Cream, Restoring Night Cream and SKINICIAN Body Lotion.