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 can cause an increased breakdown of your skin’s dermal structure.
This can lead to greater fragility and reduced healing ability.
What happens to your skin with 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 lay below the dermis begin to lose their ability to retain smoothness
- the quality and amount of collagen your body produces also starts to deteriorate
- hyper-pigmentation causes dark spots on your skin
- ingredients found in your skin such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides, which 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 govern intrinsic ageing, which occurs over the years. You could say by definition, this form of ageing is inevitable.
Extrinsic ageing is caused by factors originating externally introduced to your 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 (AGEs)
This results from 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 your skin from naturally repairing itself. Combined, they accelerate the skin tissues’ degeneration; this compounded with oxidation through the action of free radicals breaks down the skin.
Antioxidants are the antidote to reverse this type of damage. Many of our products, including Bio Lipid Complex, our anti-ageing Immortelle, and Glo Antioxidant Complex; can help rebuild your skin, warding off damaging free radicals that can lead to premature ageing.
Some of the latest scientific research on telomeres and ageing is causing excitement in the field of premature ageing. Recent clinical studies have found that telomeres are proving to have a dramatic effect on the skin.
Research into stem cell therapy is also exciting; they 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 help protect human epidermal stem cells from damage and deterioration whilst stimulating your skin’s own cells; they contain powerful antioxidants and enzymes that influence the biological functions of your skin.
With such advanced research taking place in ageing, hopefully, in the future, this will mean that we can create that miracle cure in a jar – that really will help reverse the signs of ageing.