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SKIN SHOP | Skin elasticity

It’s super easy to take the skin elasticity test – just pinch the skin on the back of your hand with your thumb and forefinger and hold it for five seconds. Let go and time how long it takes for the skin to flatten back out. The shorter the time, the younger the ‘functional age’ of the skin.

You can compare your results to the table chart below:


TIME (seconds)  Functional Age (years)
1 - 2  Under 30 
3 - 4  30 - 44
5 - 9 45 -50
10 - 15 60
35 - 55  70 
56 or more  Over 70


If you’ve noticed your skin elasticity isn’t what it used to be, (and this test confirmed that observation), you can make some small, personalised changes and you’ll see a significant difference.

Tips to get started

  • Decrease your sugar intake
  • Make sure you make use of non-toxic sunscreen, especially on your face, neck, arms and upper chest as skin elasticity is lost more quickly when left unprotected and overexposed to the sun
  • Avoid harmful and damaging lifestyle choices like smoking, drugs, excessive alcohol consumption and using products that contain chemical ingredients that are harmful to your DNA and biochemistry
  • Transform your stress! If you’re feeling super stressed try some relaxation techniques to lessen these feelings - take our STRESS QUIZ to check in on how stress you really are!
  • Sleep is important as the hormone, melatonin is released when you sleep in a dark room before 10 pm. Melatonin is called 'the trash collector' due to its powerful antioxidant impact

The power of nutrition

Having information about your genetic variations for the key genes involved in skin elasticity will help you to personalise your diet and supplement choices. However, as a general guide, choose foods packed with antioxidants such as organic red grapes, berries, plants packed with phytonutrients and raw nuts.

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