DEALING WITH the signs of ageing

So what exactly are the signs of ageing and what causes them?

Over time skin becomes:

 

  • Thinner

  • Drier

  • Looser and less elastic

  • More prone to wrinkles

  • More prone to hyperpigmentation

  • More susceptible to skin cancers

 

 These signs of ageing are connected with the following general factors which change over time:

  • Decreased Capillary Circulation

  • Epidermal Thinning

  • Sluggish Cellular Turnover

  • Decreased Collagen and Elastin Fibres

  • Decreased Lipid Content

Let's look at some of the specific factors which cause the signs of ageing in more detail:

Ultra Violet radiation exposure dramatically increases the ageing process of your skin. Around 90% of the visible signs of ageing of the skin is thought to be UV related. It also greatly increases the risk of cell carcinomas and melanomas.

Collagen is a significant connective protein that is responsible for skin tightness. After the age of 20 your body makes around 1% less collagen per year. This loss of collagen can lead to the formation of wrinkles and a general sagging of the skin.

Elastin is a protein that is responsible for giving your skin the ability to stretch and retain its original form. Fibroplast cells lose their ability to produce elastin over time which contributes to the formation of wrinkles.

Sebum as we know is oil produced by the sebaceous glands that protects the skin from moisture loss. The glands produce less sebum as they body ages. This causes dryer skin that is more fragile and less healthy than hydrated cells.

Melanin is a skin pigment responsible for skin colour. Moles and liver spots are areas where excess melanin has clumped together. As you age, your body produces more melanin, causing greater appearance of age spots as well as heightened risk of melanoma.

The diagram above shows the difference between younger and ageing skin

Younger Skin

Ageing Skin

How can the signs of ageing SKIN be Reduced?

There are a few suggestions below which should help to combat the problems associated with ageing skin:

  • Wear sunscreen​

  • Avoid cigarettes

  • Get your beauty sleep

  • Eat well

  • Build an age defying skin care routine

If you do not already then it is recommended that you introduce skin care products into your routine which have the following properties:

  • Provide sun protection

  • Are high in antioxidants

  • Increase skin cell turnover

  • Boost collagen and elastin production

  • Assist in skin barrier repair 

  • Are rich in essential fatty acids 

  • Are moisture boosting 

OUR Favourite Fragrance Free skin care products to help combat the signs of ageing

Below are a some of our favourite fragrance free skin care products which have the properties listed above and which we hope will help you in your fight against the visible signs of ageing:

Green People - Scent Free SunScreens

Daily use of a sunscreen is the most important weapon in your fight against the visible signs of ageing. These sunscreens provide, broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection. With an easy-to-apply formula, they are suitable for sensitive skin​. They are water repellent but non pore-clogging, allowing your skin to breathe and are rich in natural antioxidants to protect delicate skin.

Avocado 

Rich in vitamins A, D and E the antioxidants it contains reduce free radical damage and promote natural collagen production.

 

Chamomile

Rich in flavonoids. Anti-inflammatory, helping to soothe inflamed, red skin. Antioxidants help to neutralise free radical activity.

Green tea
Rich in antioxidants to prevent skin cell damage, protecting from collagen breakdown to preserve the skin barrier.
£31.50Regular Price£23.63Sale Price
Apothaka - Barrier Support Serum

The skin barrier is the first line of defence against environmental assaults and unwanted substances so it’s vital to keep it fully functioning and maintain its resilience. A compromised barrier can result in dry, dull skin and an increase in the signs of ageing.

This clear, hydrating serum is designed to support, protect and replenish the skin barrier, allowing it to maintain its optimal hydration balance and keep skin healthy. Some of the beneficial ingredients which this product contains are:

5% Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Strengthens barrier function (among a wide variety of other benefits), resulting in better water retaining abilities of the skin.

 

Ceramide Complex 

Key components of your skin’s natural lipid mix, this skin-identical lipid complex contains 3 different types of ceramides, cholesterol and the ceramide precursor phytosphingosine to help form a protective layer and prevent moisture loss from the skin's surface.

 

Hyaluronic Acid

Instantly hydrates, plumps and smooths the skin.

£39.00Price
Green People - Anti-Ageing 24-hour Cream

Often products targeting concerns associated with ageing are perfect for combating dry skin concerns due to them being richer and more focused on fatty acids which are heavier in Oleic Acids. This day and night cream which is suitable for very sensitive skin contains a moisture-retaining complex to soothe and revitalise whilst being rich in organic plant oils to support natural skin health. Some of the beneficial ingredients which this product contains are:

Seaweed

Rich source of minerals and trace elements essential for normal skin cell function. Increases skin hydration. Plumps the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Baicalin

Works to reduce the visible signs of ageing by improving skin firmness and elasticity.

Green tea
Rich in antioxidants to prevent skin cell damage, protecting from collagen breakdown to preserve the skin barrier.
£20.00Price
Odylique - Superfruit Concentrate Serum

This beautiful face oil is a blend of super-strength 100% organic oils, giving an exceptional synergy of five omega fatty acids, plus antioxidants and phytosterols; a plant based equivalent of cholesterol. Some of the properties of the ingredients in this serum include:

Rosehip Oil

For skin smoothing and cell-renewal. 

 

Pomegranate

Which is protecting and repairing.

Sea Buckthorn

Rich in vitamin E, carotenoids, omega -3 and omega -6 fatty acid this is a wonderful healing oil which stimulates the skin’s repair mechanisms. It is a powerful antioxidant which offers protection from free-radicals, one of the causes of premature ageing. 

£33.00Price
Green People - Scent Free Anti-AgEing Eye Cream

This rejuvenating, anti-ageing eye cream is ultra-gentle and suitable for very sensitive eyes. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants along with anti-ageing Baicalin which is proven to actively reduce wrinkles. This nourishing cream is rich in essential fatty acids.

Avocado 

Rich in vitamins A, D and E the antioxidants it contains reduce free radical damage and promote natural collagen production.

Baicalin

Works to reduce the visible signs of ageing by improving skin firmness and elasticity.

 
Seaweed

Rich source of minerals and trace elements essential for normal skin cell function. Increases skin hydration. Plumps the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

£15.00Price
Myroo - 100% Cold Pressed Marula Seed oil Super Boost Drops

These super boost drops are perfect for tackling the signs of ageing either applied directly to the skin or as a boost to your moisturiser. The product contains the following beneficial ingredient:

£15.00Price
Marula Seed oil

Marula Seed Oil is rich is Omegas 6 and 9 along with Vitamins C and E. It is a light textured oil that is fast absorbing, nutritive, and soothing for all skin types, including troubled and sensitive skin.

 

It moisturises and protects the skin and boosts cellular vibrancy. Helping to support and rejuvenate a damaged skin barrier and thereby keeping the skin hydrated.

 

It contains powerful antioxidants that fight against environmental aggressors, reverse sun damage, and reduce the signs of ageing.

Green People - Hand & Body Lotion

Often the skin on the body and hands is overlooked or treated in patches as and when required. This nourishing hand and body lotion for very sensitive skin contains a moisture-retaining complex to soothe and revitalise whilst being rich in organic plant oils to support natural skin health. Some of the beneficial ingredients which this product contains are:

Evening Primrose

A rich source of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) which is known to reduce skin inflammation. It also supports collagen and elastin structures within the skin.

 

Perilla

High levels of omega 3 fatty acids. retains moisture within the skin to prevent dryness. A great antioxidant with repairing and soothing actions.

Shea butter

Rich in vitamins A and E and essential fatty acids. Has excellent moisturising and nourishing properties. Protective and healing for dry skin. High levels of phytosterols promote cell growth.

£21.00Price
Myroo - Skin Boost Serum

This unique blend of skin loving oils is packed with antioxidants, omega 3, 6 & 9, vitamins & minerals. The concentrated formulation gives maximum nutrition to undernourished skin. It helps protect and repair the skin's natural barrier to the elements. Prevents water loss and helps the skin maintain its natural moisture. The product contains the following beneficial ingredients:

Borage (Starflower) Oil

An amazing skin regenerator due to its gamma Linoleic acid (GLA) content. It is great for smoothing the complexion and moisturising the skin. In addition it reduces inflammation.

Rosehip Oil

Packed with vitamins A, C and E, minerals and Omega 3. This is a wonderful oil for repairing and maintaining skin condition and it is light and easily absorbed.

Jojoba oil

Helps to balance sebum levels, and is a highly protective oil rich in Omega-7 & 9 fatty acids to provide a non-sticky, light and soft skin feel.

£30.00Price
Myroo - 100% Cold Pressed Buriti Fruit oil Super Boost Drops

These super boost drops are perfect for tackling the signs of ageing either applied directly to the skin or as a boost to your moisturiser. The product contains the following beneficial ingredient:

£15.00Price
Buriti Fruit oil

Buriti Fruit Oil has high levels of Vitamin A, Essential Fatty Acids and Beta Carotene making it a powerful antioxidant that supports the skin and defends against environmental challenges.

Here at SKIND we are constantly looking to improve our product line-up and feedback on the effectiveness of our cruelty free and fragrance free skin care products is key. Should you decide to try out any of the products above please do let us know how you get on by dropping us a line at info@skind.co.uk