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Skin Laxity

What Is Skin Laxity?

Lax skin refers to skin that is loose, while elastic or firm skin is characterised by its tautness and resilience. To determine if you have elastic facial skin, you can perform a simple test: just like bouncing a ball, elastic and firm skin will exhibit resistance and quickly bounce back. This type of skin is flexible, which means you may experience fewer pillow marks when sleeping on your face, fewer fine wrinkles when laughing, and it will more effectively maintain its shape and contour.

Skin gradually loses its integrity due to:

  • degeneration of elastin fibres;
  • breakdown of collagen
  • depletion of hyaluronic acid and proteoglycans.

Aged skin hence develops a characteristically dry, wrinkled and leathery appearance that is more vulnerable to friction shear forces, and static line distortions

What Causes Loss Of Skin Elasticity?

External Factors

Internal Factors

When Does Our Skin Start Losing Elasticity?

Collagen production starts to decline around age 25, decreasing approximately 1-2% per year afterwards. Skin noticeably starts to lose its elasticity by the 30s to 40s and particularly in the first five years of menopause when female skin loses around 30% of its collagen.

Can You Improve Skin Elasticity?

It is possible to slow down the deterioration of healthy collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid reserves, which are essential for maintaining skin elasticity. By making certain lifestyle adjustments, using anti-ageing skincare products, and seeking clinical treatments, different layers of the skin can be repaired gradually.

Clinic Treatments

Clinic treatments typically target fibroblasts, the cells that produce collagen and elastin to improve the extracellular matrix and skin structure.

Chemical peels

AHAs, BHAs and PCAs are examples of skin-renewing and collagen-producing ingredients used in chemical peels. The type of acids, their concentrations and application time will be modified by our doctor for your particular skin needs.


Lasers help to renew skin cells and thicken the dermis layer, giving the skin a bouncy and smoother appearance.

Radiofrequency (RF) Skin Tightening

Radiofrequency devices thicken the dermal layer and improve collagen production.

Micro-Focused Ultrasound

Very high intensity, focused ultrasound energies act at different depths of skin to target all skin layers and induce structural improvements to the skin

Hyaluronic acid (HA) Skin Boosters

As a water-binding agent, it preserves the skin’s moisture content to support optimal skin cell functions

Polynucleotide Skin Boosters

Helps with DNA repair by working within cells to optimize skin cell health and repair damaged collagen and elastin within the skin.


What Foods Are Good For Skin Elasticity?

Consuming foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamins A, B, C, and E can be highly beneficial. Examples of such foods include fatty fish, leafy green vegetables, dark chocolate, and green tea. Additionally, it is important to be mindful of your sugar intake and ensure you stay well-hydrated for optimal skin health.