Updated: May 4, 2020
What causes skin ageing? What can you do to prevent or delay skin ageing? Anti ageing tips.
Everyone ages differently depending on genetics, skin types and how we look after our skin. Lifestyle and diets affect your skin as well. Though many experts do not see the link between diet and skin; we believe you are what you eat. Increasing fresh fruits and vegetables intake would certainly not do you or your skin any harm*.
*Some people are extremely to insoluble fibre (abundant in fruits and vegetables). If you feel/ suffer from bloated, indigestion and pain, please consult a medical professional who will be able to advise.
All of us will age and there are 2 types of ageing; intrinsic and extrinsic ageing.
Intrinsic ageing is the biological ageing of our body. It is unpreventable and occurs to your skin as well as your organs.
Extrinsic ageing is caused by external factors. We have listed the 5 key skin damaging factors hereunder.
Everyone ages differently depending on genetics, skin types and how we look after our skin. Lifestyle and diets affect your skin as well. Though many experts do not see the link between diet and skin; we believe you are what you eat. Increasing fresh fruit and vegetable intake would certainly not do you or your skin any harm*.
*Some people are extremely sensitive to insoluble fibre (abundant in fruits and vegetables). If you feel/ suffer from bloating, indigestion or pain, please consult a medical professional who will be able to advise.
What are the key contributing factors to skin damage and ageing?
Lack of sleep and stressful lifestyle
Read the 5 key skin damaging factors blog post to learn more.
How do these damaging factors affect your skin?
1. The weakening of your skin barrier function
Skin barrier function is the lipid matrix in the outermost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum. It has 2 main functions, a) prevent transepidermal water loss b) acts a protective layer to the external environment to prevent external particles from entering the skin which can create an immune response.
As this barrier weakens, it reduces it’s ability to retains moisture in your skin.
2. Your cell turnover rate slows down
Our skin cells turnover every 28 days but can slow up to every 45 days as we age. You may observe dullness in skin.
3. Reduction in Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by our body and our skin holds 50% of the total Hyaluronic acid in our body.
The majority of Hyaluronic Acid is within our dermis and the epidermis holds some of it. As we age, our epidermis loses it’s Hyaluronic Acid while the dermis still retains the Hyaluronic Acid. There is no conclusive study as to why this happens.
4. Collagen production continues to drop at roughly 1% a year resulting in less firm and resilient skin.
Collagen is a protein that is responsible for holding the skin together while elastin keeps the structure tight and flexible.
Losing collagen results in loss of firmness in skin
What can you do to prevent premature skin ageing? Your anti ageing tips.
*In effort to “seal in” moisture, many people start using oil. Be very selective of the oil you are using. Not all oils are the same, there are some which are comedogenic (pore-clogging) such as coconut oil. It can clog pores and can cause more skin issues.
4 keys properties to look out for when buying skincare products:
1. Exfoliation to speed up cell turnover
2. Antioxidant to counter free radicals
3. Collagen boosting/ dermis supporting ingredients
4. Hydration (moisturiser with humectant, emollient and occlusive ingredients as well)
To learn more about ingredients we love, read our top 10 skincare ingredients we love blog.