Did You Know That ‘Time’ Plays Only A Very Small Part In The Skin Ageing Process?
As our bodies age, so too does our skin. Wrinkles, altered pigmentation, loss of skin tone… we all associate these changes with skin aging. Age-related skin changes are the result of genetically programmed changes (intrinsic factors) and environmental wear-and-tear on the skin (extrinsic factors). While both influence the skin’s structure and function, extrinsic factors cause more pronounced changes.
Skin ageing is the result of internal and external forces. Intrinsic or internal ageing is the rate of ageing that occurs with the passage of time, and is responsible for only a small proportion of the visible signs of ageing.
The Causes Of Ageing Skin & Accelerated Ageing
External factors such as unprotected sun exposure, air pollution and toxins such as cigarette smoke are responsible for accelerated extrinsic ageing, Estimates state that 80-99% of what we see on our skin as adults is the result of exposure to daylight, which is referred to as photo-aging.
Manifestations of photoaging include an increase in wrinkle formation, a loss of tension and elasticity, degeneration of the vascular supply and skin thickness, hyperpigmentation and other skin discoloration, dilated capillaries (Telangiectasis) and a reduction in the water-binding properties of the skin.
While scientists attribute the majority of these structural changes to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, it has only been in recent years that they have come to understand the actual biochemical triggers that instigate these changes.
These are the chemical reactions that occur within the skin and include:
- Generation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), also known as free radicals.
- Activation of Metalloproteinase enzymes (Matrix Metalloproteinase or MMPs) with a subsequent decline in collagen biosynthesis.
- Glycation leading to Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs).
The Main Contributor To Skin Ageing Is Collagen Loss
The loss of collagen is the main contributor to skin ageing, wrinkles, scarring and uneven skintone and texture. The skin is given nutritional support, plumping, elasticity and moisture from collagen, resulting in firmness and suppleness. Collagen breakdown can generally be attributed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, dietary toxins, and unhealthy habits such as smoking and consuming alcohol.
Treatments Renew Cells & Stimulate Collagen Production For A Healthier Looking Skin
This loss can be alleviated with advanced skin rejuvenation treatments using modalities such as: IPL Skin Rejuvenation, Dermapen Medical Skin Needling, LED Light therapy, chemical peels, microdermabrasion – just to name a few.
All rejuvenation methods aim to achieve the same goal; to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin whilst increasing cell renewal. Needless to say the best way to reduce wrinkles long-term, and successfully rejuvenate ageing skins, a holistic approach is required.
How To Reduce Wrinkles Long Term
Regular professional Skin Treatments, Daily use of cosmeceutical skincare products – including at least an SPF 30+ combined with a good lifestyle, daily exercise to improve circulation, a healthy diet with plenty of whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, staying out of the sun or, at least wearing sunscreen everyday and on-going method for reducing stress and tension.
The Benefits Of Anti Ageing Treatment
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Re-hydrates the skin
- Reduces Blotchy uneven pigmentation
- Tightens Sagging skin
- Smooths the skins surface
- Repairs Rough, dry, brittle and dull skin
- Repairs Free radical damage
Treatments For Skin Ageing
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