Updated: Aug 18, 2021
People can start noticing signs of ageing as early as in their twenties, and believe that because their parents had bad skin, they too are destined to a similar fate.
Whilst some signs of ageing can be because of genetics, the good news is, genetics isn’t always to blame. There are things you can do to minimise the rate of ageing, and make the most of your skin.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Two significant variables that will accelerate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is pollution and sun exposure.
People underestimate how much their skin is exposed to the elements, and whilst you often can’t avoid them, there are fabulous products available that can minimise their effects.
Loss of firm facial contours
Natural ageing causes a loss of fatty tissue between our skin and muscle. This is especially noticed in the face, with people finding they lose volume around areas such as cheeks, temples, chin, nose and eyes.
The loss of fatty tissue, in combination with the slowing of the skins’ ability to produce collagen and elastin as we age, are the main contributors to why our facial contours sag and look hollow.
Whilst there are many ingredients that can help bring back volume, one common ingredient is called Hyaluronic Acid. Its ability to hold moisture within the skin, is what helps bring back the bounce to skin.
Pigmentation is caused by an over production of melanin. Melanin is responsible for our skin tone and is produced naturally by cells called Melanocytes. If these cells are damaged by things like sun exposure, hormone imbalances and medications, it can lead to an over production of melanin in certain areas of the skin, resulting in dark patches.
Staying out of the sun is critical, but there are also products that can effectively reduce the appearance of dark patches, and help restore a more even skin tone.
Dry or itchy skin
As we age, our skin gets thinner and loses the ability to produce oils. Because of this, our skin dries out and can become sensitive to things like harsh soaps, perfumes, and medications. When skin is dry, it can often become flaky and itchy, making us want to scratch and cause more damage.
We can combat dry skin by using good quality moisturisers, minimising the use of perfumes, harsh soaps and chemicals, and keeping hot baths and showers to a minimum.
These are just some of the things people notice as they age, and the good news is that sometimes making simple changes can help. Good quality skin products, regularly using sun screen, good nutrition and keeping hydrated are just some of the basic things we can do to help us slow the signs of ageing.
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