If you want to feel confident in your skin, it’s time to ditch the photo filters and start making permanent changes for your skin’s health! Signs of aging show on and below the surface of your skin, so in order to keep your complexion fresh, you’ll need a top-to-bottom, inside-out (and need we mention Brazilian?) skincare routine. Luckily, to take care of the biggest signs of aging skin, you can focus on improving just two things: your skin’s texture and density.
Why Does Skin Texture Become Uneven?
The first signs of aging skin aren’t always obvious lines and wrinkles—you may notice subtle changes in your skin texture and skin density well before you see crow’s feet. When we discuss skin texture, it’s important to note that texture is distinct from an uneven skin tone, which is irregular pigmentation. Skin texture refers to the general feel of your skin: If you run your fingers gently over your cheek, do your fingertips feel like they’re gliding over satin? Or does the feel of your skin bring sandpaper to mind instead? Alternatively, you might discover that your skin is smooth in some areas but rough and bumpy in others. All of these factors contribute to your skin’s overall texture. When your skin texture is rough or uneven, it can make your complexion look dull and aged as a result.
Aging is the most common cause of skin texture problems. Just like the rest of your body, your skin goes through major changes throughout your lifetime, continuing well past puberty. Women in particular will feel a distinct change in their skin texture when they reach middle-age. Menopausal transition lowers certain hormone levels, which in turn slows skin cell production. As skin cells naturally reach the end of their lifecycle, fewer new cells are available to replace them, and the skin heals more slowly, creating dry patches, roughness, and sometimes scarring. Women are not alone, however. Men also experience their own hormonal changes as they age, making them just as likely to experience uneven skin texture.
Hormonal aging also reduces lipid production, meaning our skin produces less of its own natural oils. Natural oils keep skin moisturized and protected from external damage, so as we lose these oils, our skin can become drier and more vulnerable, especially to UV rays from the sun. You may discover that you sunburn more easily and have flaky, dry patches of skin more often.
In addition to the natural effects of aging, environmental and other everyday stressors can contribute to the look and feel of your skin. Sun damage, air pollution, climate, smoking, and dehydration can all lead to an undesirable skin texture. While not all of these stressors are avoidable, there are plenty of ways for you to mitigate their damage to your skin. We’ll discuss in depth how to improve skin texture.
What is Skin Density and Why Does It Matter?
Skin density is a more difficult quality to notice than skin texture is; most people will not think about the density of their skin until they begin to drastically lose density with age.
Skin density refers to the number and spacing of the dermal papillae. Dermal papillae are connective tissues constructed from collagen fibers that join the top layer of the skin (the epidermis) to the middle layer of skin (the dermis).
Collagen production decreases with age, causing our skin to lose density and structure.
Inside each papilla are nerve endings and a vessel that supplies the skin surface with essential nutrients, water, and oxygen. While we’re young, these dermal papillae are numerous, deep, and tightly arranged. The natural aging process, however, limits collagen production, preventing the papillae from replenishing and repairing their structures. With each year, we experience an average of 1% decrease in collagen. As a result, the papillae can become fewer in number and farther apart and can flatten. Age compromises our skin’s structural integrity.
Loss of skin density will make the skin feel weaker and less elastic.
Although density is a trait of the dermal layers of your skin, loss of density greatly affects the surface appearance of your skin, since the dermal layers support and nourish the epidermis. Density loss results in thinner skin that feels less resilient and less elastic. While youth is characterized by full, plump skin, age leaves the skin weaker and less voluminous. In this state, skin is more susceptible to the pull of gravity, which is why we see sagging. Meanwhile, wrinkles deepen, becoming more pronounced as the skin thins and loses its shape. In addition to structural changes, the skin loses its youthful rosy glow and appears pale and dull, contributing to any skin surface texture irregularities.
How to Improve Skin Texture and Density
So if changes in skin texture and skin density are part of the natural aging process, how can we improve the appearance of our skin? Anti-aging solutions have two processes: preventative and restorative. When it comes to improving skin texture and density, preventative measures to stop the skin’s structures from deteriorating further can go a long way in retaining your youth.
Here’s how to get smoother skin:
1. Stay Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water and moisturizing daily will help you compensate for the reduced number of papillae delivering hydration to the surface of your skin. Applying a topical moisturizer will replace any loss in natural oils that might be causing flakey patches or an overall dry, fragile skin texture.
2. Adjust Your Diet
Incorporating more whole, fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet will help you stay well-hydrated when drinking upwards of eight cups of water a day feels like a slog. Fruits and vegetables have the added benefit of contributing essential vitamins and antioxidants to your body that your skin needs to stay healthy.
Staying away from certain foods can also make a big difference in your skin. Overconsumption of alcohol, processed foods, and refined carbs can disrupt your gut’s healthy microbiome by destroying the good bacteria that aids in digestion. This in turn leads to inflammation that can manifest in your skin. Additionally, consuming these foods inevitably takes the place of better foods and water. In particular, the skin benefits from foods rich in vitamins A and C, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamins A and C can be found in most fruits, especially berries; zinc is found in dairy, eggs, legumes, and dark chocolate; and fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids.
If you’re primarily concerned with improving skin texture and a dull complexion, then gentle exfoliation may help. A buildup of dead skin cells can make your skin less vibrant and prevent the healthy skin cell turnover that contributes to healing and cleaning the skin’s surface. Removing dead skin cells will also allow your skin to better absorb other products such as moisturizers or topical medications.
Slough away these dead cells with a gentle exfoliating wash once a week. Avoid using loofahs, rough washcloths, or products with walnut powder on your face, since all of these can be overly abrasive and create micro-tears on the skin’s surface. Use a gentle exfoliator for sensitive skin and massage it with just your fingers for the best results.
4. Protect Your Skin
Sun damage is estimated to be the cause of 80% of our skin’s aging, so applying SPF daily is a must! UV rays from the sun lead to wrinkles, dark spots, and dry skin, among other more serious health problems. Even on cloudy days, in the winter, and while indoors, UV rays can harm our skin. In fact, up to 80% of UV rays can pass through clouds, and UV rays reflected off of snow, ice, or water can burn just as severely as direct sunlight. Additionally, some medications and anti-aging treatments can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, so wearing ample SPF and covering up with hats and other outdoor-wear is essential for maintaining youthful skin.
5. Consider Clinical Treatments
Clinical treatments such as chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and Botox can help improve the appearance and texture of your skin.
For a dramatic change in your skin’s appearance, you can seek a clinical treatment from your dermatologist or esthetician. Common treatments for improving skin texture and skin density include:
A chemical peel treats uneven skin texture, wrinkles, and scarring by removing the top layers of skin. Your skin will naturally replenish itself, looking smoother and younger as a result. Depending on the degree of damage you want to repair, chemical peels can be either light, medium, or deep.
Light chemical peels remove the epidermis, the topmost layer of skin; this is often the process for fine lines, acne, slight discoloration, and persistent dry skin.
Medium chemical peels remove the epidermis as well as the top part of the dermis; this process reduces the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin texture, and light scarring.
Deep chemical peels are often reserved for deep wrinkles and scarring, since they remove the epidermis and the mid-to-lower layers of the dermis. This intense procedure can take anywhere from several weeks to several months to fully heal.
Laser resurfacing is a more targeted treatment for wrinkles, discoloration, uneven skin texture, and skin density renewal. Your doctor will treat small areas of your face with either one of two types of lasers: ablative or nonablative. An ablative laser removes thin layers of skin, stimulating regrowth in a similar manner to chemical peels. A nonablative laser does not remove any skin cells, but instead tightens the underlying skin and stimulates collagen regrowth to help with the overall density and health of your skin. Typically, nonablative laser treatments have a shorter recovery time, but ablative laser treatments show more dramatic improvement in the appearance of your skin after just one resurfacing session.
Botox works much differently than the above clinical treatments. Botox does not stimulate regrowth of skin cells; it instead paralyzes the underlying facial muscles. By paralyzing the underlying facial muscles, Botox prevents the muscles’ daily micromovements that put tension on the above skin and create dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet and furrows between the brows. It may improve the general appearance of your skin texture by preventing dynamic wrinkles, but it cannot address problems such as reduced skin density, sun damage, and sagging.
Botox isn’t the best treatment for improving skin texture and density alone, but it can help in combination with a more holistic anti-aging approach.
The Brazilian Fix
See and feel the results of Brazilianfacelift in under 60 seconds. Bratoxinsta pictured above.
For an easy, holistic skincare routine that you can use every day, try the Brazilian fix for your skin: Brazilianfacelift by BRZLNSKIN. Formulated with sustainably sourced ingredients from the Amazon rainforest, Brazilian Facelift is a three-part collection that can instantly improve the look and feel of your skin within 60 seconds. Each product is designed to be gentle enough for all skin types and can work either independently for as-needed touch-ups or together as a comprehensive anti-aging routine.
Bratoxin is a twice-daily serum that offers a wide scope of anti-aging benefits, including: firmer skin, smoother skin, plumper skin, fine line and wrinkle reduction, increased hydration, and myorelaxant properties similar to the effects of Botox. You can feel Bratoxin’s skin-tightening effects after just one use, and with several uses, it works cumulatively to reveal a smoother skin texture and denser, more resilient skin.
Bratoxinsta works in tandem with Bratoxin to smooth and tighten the skin, as well as relax the underlying facial muscles for Botox-like effects. This innovative serum visibly tightens the skin and creates a thin mineral layer to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin texture in under 60 seconds (see the results by clicking here). It also includes a powerful peptide complex that delivers the necessary building blocks for collagen, helping to improve skin density naturally.
Açai Triple Stem Cell Sleep Mask
Replenish moisture and volume overnight with the Açai Triple Stem Cell Sleep Mask. This mask forms a thin, breathable film over the skin to ensure all of its nourishing ingredients are completely absorbed overnight. In the morning, simply rinse with water and then peel or rub off entirely. Thanks to the açai plant stem cells, this sleep mask provides antioxidant benefits and increases skin moisture by over 50% in just 24 hours! When your skin is properly hydrated, it looks fuller, smoother, and younger.
Brazilianfacelift Clinical Results for Better Skin Texture and Skin Density
After an eight week clinical study of the Brazilianfacelift three-part routine, clinicians found that over 77% of trial subjects had nearly 9% increase in their skin’s hydration and 90% of subjects had a 10% increase in their skin density.
While these increases may sound small, the actual results that the subjects saw and felt were huge:
- 93.55% of subjects reported feeling that there was a visible reduction in fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
- 93.55% reported feeling an improvement in skin hydration.
- 90.32% reported feeling the skin tightening effects of these products in less than 60 seconds.
- 87.10% reported that they saw a reduction in the appearance of deep wrinkles.
- 77.42% reported that their skin looked at least 5 years younger.
- 77.42% reported feeling more confident about their appearance.
- 87.10% said they would use Brazilianfacelift again.
To better visualize the effects to each subject’s skin density, see the ultrasound images* of the skin of three individuals before and after the eight week study:
*The yellow indicates the densest areas of skin.
Why Live with #NoFilter?
In this digital age, it’s easier than ever to alter our appearance at a whim with makeup or photo filters, which means it’s also easier to neglect our skin. And in neglecting our skin, we find ourselves relying more heavily on makeup and photo touch-ups, while feeling less secure in our natural appearance every day. But why feel insecure when the solutions are at our fingertips? Instead of covering up, start nurturing your skin again! You deserve to love the skin you’re in.