When we hit our 50s, we start noticing crepey skin creeping up our arms and legs. What is crepey skin? It’s skin that looks paper thin, wrinkled and dried out. And why do we get crepey skin? As we get older, the body slows down the production of elastin and collagen—the proteins that allow skin to stretch and contract—and the skin begins to sag and wrinkle. Also, with age, skin will begin to feel drier because the body slows down its production of new skin cells. That means that the skin will also slow down the production of the oils that are designed to rid the body of dead cells and pathogens. The reduction of these oils can cause the skin to have more wrinkles, resulting in crepey skin. And finally, the loss of fat is an additional cause of crepey skin. Because the skin gets thinner and oftentimes doesn’t have a sufficient fatty layer underneath it, tiny wrinkles may begin to form.

Is there anything we, ehem, mature ladies can do? We can’t get our 20-year-old legs back, but there are proactive steps we can take to improve the look of crepey skin considerably, so don’t despair!

  1. Exfoliate: When you’re in the shower, use an exfoliating glove with your body wash instead of just a shower poof. The exfoliating glove with rid skin of dead skin cells and increase circulation to the surface of the skin. Then, once a week, use a sugar or salt scrub all over your arms and legs to boost exfoliation.
  1. Moisturize: Moisturizing your skin DAILY can mean the difference between dehydrated skin and glowing skin. After exfoliating and showering, apply a thick shea butter-based moisturizer OR body oil. Your pores are still open, so the hydration is more intense.
  1. Exercise: This is a no-brainer for overall health, but exercise can really help crepey skin on both arms and legs. Aim for a combination of cardio at least three times a week in the form of brisk walking or elliptical training and weight training, focusing on arms and legs.