The natural ageing of our skin starts around twenty-five.
But poor lifestyle practices, smoking, alcohol, sunbathing, and poor nutrition can lead to premature ageing.
The mechanisms that control our skin’s activity begins to change, this causes an increased breakdown of the skin’s dermal structure, leading to greater fragility and reduced healing ability.
What happens to our skin as we age?
- collagen production reduces
- elastin fibres become less flexible
- after puberty, fibroblasts stop making elastin
- by the time we reach our mid-thirties, the rate at which we replace damaged skin cells starts to decrease significantly, in some cases by up to 50%
- at forty, the subcutaneous layers of fat that lie below the dermis begin to lose their ability to retain smoothness
- the quality and amount of collagen the body produces also starts to deteriorate
- hyper-pigmentation causes dark spots on the skin
- ingredients found in the skin such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides that keep our skin soft and supple deplete
There are two primary skin ageing processes, intrinsic and extrinsic.
Intrinsic ageing: The variations in each individual’s genetic background are what govern intrinsic ageing, which occurs over the years. You could say by definition, this form of ageing is inevitable.
Extrinsic ageing: This is caused by factors originating externally that are introduced to our skin and body, such as excessive alcohol consumption, stress, smoking, poor nutrition, and exposure to the sun. It is thought that around 80% of facial ageing is believed to be due to chronic UV exposure.
Advanced glycation end-products or ages
This is a result of the reaction between sugars, such as Glucose, with proteins in the skin. Ages are now considered one of the primary keys to age-related skin issues; the chemical compound triggers oxidation, causing collagen cross-linking.
This creates inflammation and prevents our skin from naturally repairing itself, combined, they accelerate the degeneration of the skin tissues, this compounded with oxidation through the action of free radicals breaks down the skin.
Antioxidants are the antidote to reverse this type of damage, found in many of our products included Bio lipid and Glo antioxidant complex, they help to rebuild the skin, warding off damaging free radicals that lead to premature ageing.
The naked truth
Some of the latest scientific research on telomeres and ageing, is causing excitement in the field of premature ageing. Recent clinical studies have shown that telomeres are proving to have a very dramatic effect on the skin.
Research into stem cell therapy is also exciting. Stem cells have the ability to divide and develop into different cell types in the body, which works by stimulating adult stem cell reservoirs in the epidermis to provide rejuvenation.
Plant stem cells, peptides, vitamins, and enzymes all help to protect human epidermal stem cells from damage and deterioration, whilst stimulating the skin’s own cells, they contain powerful antioxidants and enzymes, that influence the biological functions of the skin.
With such advanced research taking place in the field of ageing, hopefully, in the future this will mean that we are able to create that miracle cure in a jar – that really will help reverse the signs of ageing.