How your body ages from boobs to bum and top tips to turn back the clock

WE’VE all been there – the day you look in the mirror and spot an extra wrinkle here and thinning skin there.

The body ages in mysterious ways and it’s hard to know what supplements and exercises we can do to prevent what was once young and supple turning old and saggy.

Speaking to The Sun one expert said you don’t need to spend the big bucks to look a million dollars.

Corin Sadler, head of nutrition at Higher Nature said loss of elastin and collagen means loss of elasticity and structure.

“This coupled with loss of underlying fat pads can leave skin anywhere on the body more prone to sagging”, she said.

As we get older Corin said we may also notice more pigmentation spots in areas that are more exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays.

But what should you be looking out for and how can you turn back time?

Chest

If you’re seeing thinning skin and pigmentation on your chest then it might be due to a lack of hydaluronic acid and collagen, says aesthetics expert Stacey Harris, of Prestige Medical Beauty in St Albans.

A supplement containing these ingredients would help rebuild and strengthen the elasticity.

What supplement should I take?

Collagen is the main structural protein in the body and depletes at about one per cent every year.

Stacey said collagen is the building block of the skin, hair, nails, joints and bones.

She said the ideal dose is about 10,000mg per day and it needs to be in a hydrolysed form.

She said you can expect to see improvements on your chest and the skin on your face.

She added that Omega 3 is also helpful as this can help with inflamed skin.

Boobs

If you’ve had a baby then your boobs might be looking a bit more droopy as you age.

Stacey says that collagen and elastin support is needed to support the weight of the breasts and to keep them perky.

She said some people also start to notice more prominent veins on their breasts as they age.

“The skin gets thinner as we age too, this is due to the lack of collagen being produced under the skin to “thicken” it, this is why as we age you start to notice veins appearing.

“We will also see increased hair growth on nipples and larger nipples.”

What are the best exercises?

When it comes to training there is a misconception that women shouldn't train their chest, but one expert told The Sun that this can actually make the boobs look perkier.

Personal trainer Lydia Rees said: "When you exercise your chest, you are pushing up the breast tissue up and forward more, so it can give the illusion that your chest area is bigger and boobs perkier."

Lydia suggested using dumbbells and doing chest presses with them as well as hand release press ups.

To do this go into a push up position and lower yourself to the floor, once lying on the floor momentarily lift both palms off the floor before pressing them back down.

What supplements should I take as I start to age?

No one wants to look older than they are, and experts have revealed the type of supplements you should stock up on as well as why you should try and relax to stop ageing.

Rebecca Traylen head of nutrition at ProBio7 said looking after your gut when ageing is imperitive.

Speaking to The Sun she said: "Immunosenescence refers to the gradual decline in immune function with ageing, which is largely influenced by the composition of the gut microbiota.

"This is associated with frailty, infection susceptibility, inflammatory disease, and increased morbidity.

"Therefore, looking after our gut microbiome during ageing is vital. Supplementing with friendly bacteria can help support the gut microbiome to keep you well as you age."

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many people stress and Dr Lucy Glancey from The Dr Glancey clinics said stress can also play a part in ageing.

"The adrenals glands play a vital role in stress as they produce the stress hormones one of which is cortisol which is the so called “fight or flight" hormone and is produced in higher amounts in stressful situations.

"There is another hormone called adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) that is produced in the pituitary gland and it stimulates the adrenals to produce hormones including stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). 

"When the levels of stress hormones decrease during chronic stress there is more production of ACTH which is also linked to the grey hair.

"During lockdown when people are worried about their jobs and businesses or not being able to see their family – this all contributes to a chronic stress situation leading to adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion which in turn makes us look older and greyer."

Dr Ross Perry from Cosmedics skin clinics added: "Prolonged periods of stress, such as through the months of lockdown and uncertainty, speeds ageing, which can cause facial wrinkles.

"Stress dries the skin from the inside out and causes our adrenal glands to produce excessive amounts of cortisol which is the stress hormone, and that will can cause the break down of the skin’s collagen and elastin. 

Stomach

As we get older it gets harder to target those problem areas with exercise and diet and Stacey says that as we age we might start to notice more cellulite.

Stacey said: “Our metabolism slows down, our body finds it harder to get rid of toxins. Collagen helps with reducing body fat.

“We also see increased stretch marks and our fat tends to accumulate more in our back area.”

What are the best exercises?

Lydia said this is one area that is more stubborn than others.

"There is so much conflicting information out there which promises to rid fat from your belly from doing 100 sit ups a day to drinking the latest
greens.

"Belly fat is a real issue for the majority of women, especially as
we get older.

"The good news is that you can generally reduce belly fat with targeted strengthening abdominal exercises."

Lydia recommends exercises such as the plank, a seated arm lift and frog sit ups.

To do a frog sit up lie on your back with the soles of your feet together as close to your body as possible, with knees bent out to sides – then place hands behind your head, elbows in line with ears. 

Keeping your back flat on the floor and stomach muscles contracted, exhale and curl your chest up a few inches off the floor toward your legs.  Lower to start.

Arms

When we are younger we are naturally more active, but as we slow down less exercise means our muscles deplete and our bodies are less able to process fat.

Stacey said that this – combined with our lack of muscle density is how we end up with “bingo wings”.

She added: “If we could increase our collagen levels alongside some strength exercise, we would be able to burn off that difficult area of fat and increase our muscle mass. But exercise alone will not help to tighten the skin.”

What are the best exercises?

Lydia said that bingo wings are common for many women, especially as they get older.

"As we get older our metabolism slows down and we can be prone to putting more fat on our arms as certain areas can be more affected by things such as hormones and stress.

"One way to reduce the appearance of bingo wings is to reduce your body fat and target that area with weight training."

The exercises Lydia recommends are tricep kick backs and tricep dips.

Elbows

As we get older it’s expected that our skin will sag a little bit so it’s no surprise that the skin on our elbows will also take a hit.

This Stacey says is due to a lack of collagen and as we age our bone density will also be reduced.

She said the reduction in collagen means that we will develop wrinkles and skin dryness.

Bum

If you’ve noticed your once supple backside has now started to droop to the floor then it’s probably down to your age as Stacey says the bum ages in a similar way to the boobs.

Stacey added: “This area is a bit like boobs, they may have not gotten any smaller, more likely they have just fallen south.

“These areas require the biggest amount of collagen and elastin to look voluptuous and youthful.”

What are the best exercises?

Lydia said building up the muscles in your glutes is what will give your bum a toned and perky look.

Lydia suggested exercises such as hip thrusts and step ups.

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