Our bodies age. It seems like an obvious statement, but not everyone lives with the acceptance of this fact. Our lives should be about enjoying our time on Earth, yes, but we need to do our best to ensure that we take care of what we have too. This involves keeping an eye on how well our body is functioning. Major issues tend to be fairly apparent as they give us various symptoms of illness that drive us towards doctors. Smaller issues, like a loss of skin elasticity, are a bit more subtle and require paying attention to subtler cues. The overall elasticity of your skin gives you an idea of the overall health of the skin as well how gracefully it is aging. This is important as knowing this bit of information can give you an idea on how to adjust your skincare habits to best help you skin. Fortunately, you can do a quick test to get a rough idea of elasticity anywhere.
A Quick Test
It really doesn’t take much effort at all to test your skin’s elasticity. There are no machines fancier than your body required. Simply lift up your hand into a neutral position and then grab a section of the skin on top of it between your thumb and forefinger. Pull it upwards and allow it to slip away after three to five seconds. Your skin will sort out where it is supposed to be after this simply pulling motion. The time it takes for your skin to smooth away all evidence of the motion gives you insight into the elasticity of your skin. This is known as “the pinch test”. It is important to note that you shouldn’t actually pinch your skin with nails when doing this though. There’s no point to actually causing yourself a little pain when doing the test. Regardless, do this test a few times to get an idea of how many seconds it takes your skin to sort itself out.
Anyone taking good care of their skin and at a less advanced age is going to have at least a little trouble figuring out exactly how long it takes their skin to spring back. The good news is if that your skin just snaps back after slipping free of your finger, then you’ve got healthy amount of elasticity comparable to people in their early 30s and younger. Once you get into a few seconds delay, then you’re getting into your skin have comparable elasticity to someone in the early 40s and their 50s. Once you pass beyond that realm into a noticeable delay, you’re dealing with skin that has elasticity roughly equivalent to people in their 60s or 70s. Don’t panic if your skin’s elasticity is comparable to your age though. Not everyone has the genetics that keep their skin more elastic than their age. Products can help, but your genetics do need to favor you too.
What To Do
Knowing the results of this test is more or less an indication of how well you’re doing with caring for your skin. Anyone who has skin with the right amount of elasticity for their age can feel confident that they’ve done a decent job of protecting their skin as it is responding appropriately. Some people have the genetics for healthier skin and may get a response from their skin that is younger than their age. This is also good as it means you too are taking good care of your skin. The only people who should worry is when their skin responds like someone of an older age category. It isn’t a sign your skin is doomed, but it does mean you have issues you need to address. Proper moisturizing and diet can go a long way to helping reduce skin age in this case. You want this warning as it gives you a clear idea to change your habits before the problems that get caused become too prevalent.
Being able to test your skin elasticity yourself is a benefit. It can be another tool in your skincare kit. Don’t repeat it too often though. Changing your habits after your skin reveals it is behaving older than it should means you need to give your skin a month or two to adjust to a new routine before you test it again. This will let your skin have the time repair itself from the damage. Try not to forget that tests exist to help you rather than make you worried though. After all, if there is room to improve then that gives you something to aspire towards.