We all know that calcium makes our bones stronger, but did you also know that it can help you fight the signs of aging?

According to a new study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery medical journal, wrinkles and sagging may be contributed to the bones in your face deteriorating.  Researchers took CT scans of people from different decades of life and noticed that the older participants all had more shrunken facial bones. Essentially, doctors believe that these bones are like the foundation of a house and your skin is like the house itself; when the foundation starts to shift and crumble, the house will begin to do the same.

I know this news might be distressing to some people, especially those of you who take impeccable care of your skin – after all, why continue with all the lotions and serums if your bones are going to degrade anyway?

Firstly, it’s a combination of both skin and bones that leads to an aged appearance, so taking care of your skin is definitely important. Secondly, there is a way to at least potentially put off bone receding: ingest more calcium. Get it through milk, broccoli, salmon, supplements or whatever else.

If calcium can help your bones, can it be applied topically and give your skin a boost too? Apparently, the answer is yes. In fact, calcium is the most abundant mineral in our bodies and can be found in the skin where it acts as a regulator.  The National Cancer Research Institute once published a study linking calcium to the regulation of cell turnover. And according to the Mayo Clinic, skin that doesn’t have enough calcium stored in it may appear “fragile, thin and dry” since dead cells accumulate and cell production isn’t regulated as well.

In addition, calcium works with your skin to generate sebum. According to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, people who don’t have enough calcium in their skin end up with dry skin due to lack of sebum.

Marta has written about a few skincare products that contain the coveted mineral, including L’Oreal’s Age Perfect Pro Calcium (not recommended), L’Oreal Age Perfect Pro-Calcium Radiance Perfector Sheer Tint Moisturizer and an ingredient called Essenskin. Calcium has also been proven to help you lose weight. Are you good about incorporating calcium into your diet everyday, and do you go so far as including it in your skincare routine?