One of the biggest skin concerns for my clients (and myself) is skin ageing. Growing older is something we can't change, but we can certainly try everything we can to look younger! There are more than 500 million ageing consumers in the world today (BCC Research: Anti-ageing products and services: The Global Market 30 April 2015), which is contributing to the rising demand for products and ingredients that help treat the many signs of skin ageing.
We all know the signs of ageing when we stare back at our reflections in the mirror! Wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation and loss of elasticity. These signs can become visible as early as our 20s....scary as that seems, it's not all doom and gloom. With age comes wisdom and thankfully a wealth of skincare products that we can apply to our skins to slow down the signs of ageing!! In this blog I wanted to highlight some of the key ingredients used in anti-ageing products and how they work. That is quite tricky without me donning the lab coat and going back to my Biology degree days. So without over complicating things and turning this blog into a thesis, I have added links to videos that can explain in more detail.
What is happening to our skin and what causes ageing?
In recent years, scientists have come to understand the actual biochemical triggers that manifest skin ageing, such as wrinkles, altered pigmentation, and loss of skin tone. These triggers are known as:
• Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), also known as free radicals.
• Matrix Metalloproteinases (or MMPs).
• Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs).
Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) are dangerous oxygen molecules generated by UV rays and pollution. ROS attack and react with stable skin cell molecules, causing cross-linking of collagen and elastin (the cause of wrinkles) while lessening skin’s ability to repair itself.
Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) are enzymes activated by UV exposure or inflammation. MMPs contribute to the breakdown of collagen while inhibiting new collagen formation.
The same glucose (sugar) that provides energy for our cells can also react with proteins, including the skin’s collagen. This reaction results in the formation of Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs), which can contribute to loss of elasticity, wrinkles, inﬂammation, inhibited skin cell growth and accelerated ageing.
Because we understand these triggers, skin care professionals are now better equipped to effectively treat, and control the signs of skin ageing.
How to achieve healthy skin at every age...which products would I recommend for you?
By the time you hit 30, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth will be more visible. Your skin may appear thinner and finer, and collagen production and cell turnover is likely to have slowed down. The result? A complexion that can appear a little less than luminous, dehydrated and dry. Signs of past sun damage may start to show (age spots or brown spots). Step up exfoliation to resurface as skin renewal slows, and start to feed skin with age-fighting ingredients to maintain a healthy glow.
SKIN CARE IN YOUR 40s...
If you spent your teens and twenties sunbathing, it’s likely you’ll be paying for it now in the form of blotchiness, age spots and lack of elasticity and moisture. Hormonal changes can trigger dryness and sensitisation or rosacea. Wrinkles, age spots and uneven skin tone become more prominent in more zones of the face as cell turnover and collagen production slow. It's time to call on intense ingredients including peptides, antioxidant vitamins and Retinol to stimulate collagen production, repair damage, firm and shield – and maintain radiance!
Cell turnover is slow at this age, and dryness is high. This means it’s time to ramp up your skin routine and target the issues you can change. It's time to strengthen, energize and replenish! Menopause may start up in your 50s, triggering a 30% reduction in collagen and a dramatic increase in dryness and dehydration. Deep wrinkles, age spots and sensitivity are prominent. It's time to strengthen, energize and replenish!
What ingredients can help in the fight against skin ageing?
Here is a short list of key ingredients that you will find in the most powerful anti-ageing products...
Dermalogica uses these and a host of other beneficial ingredients that have a combined effect of making your skin look and feel amazing! As a skin therapist, a Dermalogica Skin Expert and a woman in her forties concerned about ageing, finding the right products that actually work is so important to me. I have had great results using Dermalogica AGE Smart products and my clients love it too.
I hope I have been able to provide you with some useful information about skin ageing. If you would like to book in for a FREE Face Mapping Skin Analysis, I can look at your skin in detail and prescribe the best products for you.
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