‘jello skin’, Dr Miriam Adebibe – cosmetic doctor and co-founder of Victor
& Garth – says “it refers to the bounce-back-ability of your skin – the
consistency of jello is soft but firm, and bounces right back when prodded”.
While some TikTok
beauty trends shouldn’t be tried at home (remember – not everyone online is a
dermatologist), this one could help boost your skin health and appearance.
everything you need to know about jello skin…
like ‘jello skin’ was coined by skincare influencer Ava Lee (@glowwithava) at
the end of 2021.
skin’ is the new term for extremely plump, supple skin that is as beautifully
bouncy as jello,” explains Dr Kemi Fab, who works with Alya Skin. “Those who
have jello skin will naturally have high levels of collagen and elastin in the
dermis of the skin, which are the two most important connective tissues
responsible for structure and elasticity.
collagen and elastin, the skin becomes looser, less bouncy and starts to sag.”
suggests you check the elasticity by using an old doctor’s trick: the skin
pinch test. “Simply pinch the skin of your neck or the back of your hand for
five seconds, let it go, and watch how long it takes for the skin to flatten
out or bounce back,” she says.
skin with sufficient collagen and elastin will bounce back instantly.
Dehydrated skin that has lost its collagen and elastin through age and
lifestyle choices will take seconds to return.”
anyone achieve jello skin?
jello skin simply refers to healthy skin, which is plump with hydration,
well-upholstered with collagen and supple with elasticity, it is absolutely
what we should all be aiming for,” suggests Adebibe. But can everyone get it?
For anyone under the age of 25, Adebibe says it is “very achievable without
help”, but after this age, it might take a bit more work.
explains: “The amount of collagen and elastin in our skin is due to our
genetics. Our skin’s natural levels of collagen and elastin begin to deplete in
our mid-20s, and the rate at which it depletes is also due to our genetics.
may be difficult to increase our skin’s natural levels of collagen and elastin,
there are definitely lots of things that we can do to slow down the rate at which
it breaks down.”
you get jello skin?
advocates a two-pronged approach: internal and external. For internal care, she
suggests staying well hydrated and having a balanced diet – eating all colours
of the rainbow and avoiding too much processed food and sugar.
terms of skincare, both Adebibe and Fab agree wearing SPF is the most important
thing you can do. “Ultraviolet radiation from the sun breaks down our natural
levels of collagen and elastin, and therefore accelerates premature ageing and
loose saggy skin,” explains Fab. “Use a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30, and
reapply throughout the day.”
other skincare ingredients should you look out for?
like vitamin C and glycolic acid help to stimulate the production of collagen
in the skin,” says Fab. “Hyaluronic acid applied to damp skin can help to
improve the appearance of your skin.”
says: “I recommend a skincare routine that provides vitamins A, C, and E (in
various forms) for optimal skin function and protection, and treatment of
certain skin conditions.
recommend using chemical exfoliants to slough away dead skin cells, which can
leave the skin dull and clog pores to cause spots.”