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 and fine lines

  • 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 fine lines, 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 fine lines and 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 you try to fight aging skin?

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 anti aging 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 skincare products to help combat the signs of ageing

Below are a some of our favourite anti aging 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: