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Concerns: 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.



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


Which skin care products could 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 by Green People provide effective, broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection. With a new easy-to-apply formula, they are suitable for sensitive skin & those suffering with prickly heat​. They are water repellent but non pore-clogging, allowing your skin to breathe and are rich in natural antioxidants to protect delicate skin.


  • Aloe Vera - Noted for its soothing and healing properties. An excellent moisturiser thanks to mucopolysaccharides combining with water.

  • 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.

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Apothaka

Barrier Support Serum


If your goal is healthy skin then you need to keep your skin barrier in check. 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 the potential for irritation and sensitivity as unwanted substances are more easily able to penetrate the skin.

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. Silicone, oil and alcohol free, with a weightless gel texture, this layers perfectly under a moisturiser.

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.

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Green People

Anti-Aging 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. Brought to you by Green People this day and night cream 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.

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

  • Squalane from Olives - Conditions and moisturises the skin, reducing water loss and restoring skin suppleness and elasticity.

  • 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.

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Odylique

Superfruit Concentrate Serum


This organic face oil brought to you by Odylique is a blend of super-strength 100% organic rosehip oil, sea buckthorn and pomegranate, giving an exceptional synergy of 5 omega fatty acids, plus antioxidant vitamins and nature’s miracle 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 - 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. Owing to its high vitamin content (A and E), sea buckthorn oil is a powerful antioxidant which offers protection from free-radicals, one of the causes of premature ageing. 

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

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Green People

Scent Free Anti-Ageing Eye Cream


This rejuvenating, anti-ageing eye cream from Green People 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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Myroo

100% Cold Pressed Marula Seed oil Super Boost Drops


Brought to you by Myroo 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:


  • Marula Seed Oil - 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.

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Green People

Hand & Body Lotion

Often the skin on the body and hands is overlooked or treated in patches as and when required. Brought to you by Green People this easily absorbed 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.

  • Squalane from Olives - Conditions and moisturises the skin, reducing water loss and restoring skin suppleness and elasticity.

  • 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.


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Myroo

Skin Boost Serum


Brought to you by Myroo this is 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.

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Myroo

100% Cold Pressed Buriti Fruit oil Super Boost Drops


Brought to you by Myroo 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:

  • Buriti Fruit Oil - 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. Buriti oil is rich in nutrients meaning it can heal and give your skin the minerals it needs. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant found in the oil which can help fight against premature ageing. Fatty acids are another massive benefit that's extracted from the oil as they help in wrinkle prevention by plumping and firming the skin reducing the appearance of any lines. As well as helping with ageing factors, the fatty acids are a natural moisturiser than helps to keep your skin looking hydrated and refreshed all day long. The Vitamin E that's found in the buriti oil is great for the protection against environmental stressors. This helps to shield you from the factors we face in everyday life, locking in moisture and keeping your skin looking healthy and protected. Beta-carotene goes hand in hand with Vitamin E benefits as it also helps to lock out external stressors.

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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




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