Did You Know?
As we age, our skin’s needs for care and support change in order to keep it looking healthy. Youthful and healthy looking skin appears smooth, radiant, hydrated, even toned, and firm without the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and redness.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology: Production of collagen and elastin slows down a dramatic 65% between the ages of 20 and 80. The thickness of the skin decreases a staggering 6% every 10 years. The sun causes 90–95% of wrinkles, lines, as well as brown, red and white discolourations on our bodies.
Our biology and genes account for only about 10% of the visible signs of ageing. In general, the darker the skin, the less visible the signs of ageing. and thicker skin does not show ageing as fast as thinner, more fragile skin types – which is why men’s skin ages more slowly.
The other 90% of our skin age is down to external factors such as smoking, too much alcohol, poor nutrition, and – the biggest culprit – sun exposure. Free radicals are considered to be a major contributor to the ageing process. Free radicals are created by UV exposure, pollution, stress, smoking, and normal metabolic processes. Free radicals bring about changes that lead to the degradation of the skin’s firmness (collagen) and elasticity (elastin) that is characteristic of photo aged skin.
The visible symptoms of extrinsic ageing include: wrinkling, sagging, discolouration, pigmented spots, thin skin, spidery lines, and lack of colour.
We all want radiant, youthful-looking skin. So what can we do to minimise – or reverse – the process?
Understand your enemy!
In general, the visible signs of skin ageing follow a biological timeline. Changes occur throughout the skin, which result in a wide range of changes in the appearance of the complexion.
Visible ageing of the skin starts at about age 25 as the natural regenerative process begins to slow. The skin replaces old cells more slowly, and there is a slower turnover of the surface skin — this is when wrinkles start to form. Environmental ageing also begins as skin is constantly exposed to damaging environmental stressors such as sun, smoking, pollution, and stress. Skin can begin to show signs of premature ageing such as uneven skin tone and freckling.
In the 30s, environmental ageing continues with sun exposure and smoking. Genetic ageing begins around age 35 as collagen and elastin production naturally begins to slow. Fine lines and wrinkles start to form around the eye area and forehead. Skin begins to lose some resiliency, and skin tone can become more uneven as well as less radiant.
In the 40s, estrogen levels begin to drop, and cellular turnover starts slowing down. Collagen and elastin levels continue to decline, contributing to skin becoming drier, thinner and rougher. Dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles can also continue to form. In the 50s and beyond, skin becomes thinner as levels of collagen and elastin continue to decrease. Deeper wrinkles and sagging can begin to occur, and skin can become drier and rougher in texture as moisture is lost.
All doom and gloom then? Pass me the bag to put over my head!
Not so. There are lots of things we can do to slow down the proces and minimise the appearance of these age-related changes.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is the visible proof of your health and vitality – or lack of it. Lack of sleep, stress, poor diet and sub-standard skincare all show on your face.
Healthy skin starts on the inside and continues on the outside. One without the other just can’t delver the optimum results.
Beauty from Within
Healthy living is about making the right choices, with dietary habits and nutritional supplements for overall health inside and out. Your body works as a system where every function is connected, and diet and nutrition play a large role in how you feel on the inside and how you look on the outside.
The skin is the body’s largest organ. Proper diet and supplements help support skin to nourish it from the inside out. A diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and adequate water intake, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients can help support healthy looking skin, and help you have more energy and feel more confident.
Here are some ways that nutrition can help support healthy, youthful looking skin:
- Boost good bacteria with probiotics: The digestive system naturally has billions of bacteria, like the skin. Digestive health can be supported by promoting growth of good bacteria, along with lowering the amount of harmful bacteria. Probiotics provide strains of good bacteria to help replenish and support the digestive tract. These good bacteria help support the immune system from the inside out. With our increased understanding of the role of intestinal health, we are beginning to understand the gut-skin connection along with the role of probiotics in maintaining health and great looking skin
- Get plenty of fibre: Fibre helps keep things moving in the digestive tract and promote healthy gastrointestinal functioning.
- Antioxidants obtained through the diet can help neutralise and stabilise free radicals and are a primary defense against the ageing effects they contribute to. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are the secret to healthy looking skin.
- Add healthy fats to your diet: Research demonstrates most people aren’t consuming the needed levels of essential fatty acids, such as omega-3.
Minimise trans fats and certain saturated fats that could contribute to an unhealthy vascular system, which may impact other parts of the body, such as the skin. Switch to healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, nuts and omega-3 rich seeds, and fatty fish such as salmon, tuna or white fish.
Take an omega-3 supplement to help balance essential fatty acid levels in your diet.
- See our 30 days to Healthy Living & Beyond for more information on nutrition.
Consistent, targeted Skincare Regime
Looking after your skin requires a little bit of discipline. It really is no good spending an hour giving yourself a top-notch facial on a Sunday then nothing more than a swipe with a cleaning wipe every other night. Consistency is the key.
The type of skincare you use will dictate the results you get. Only around 6-10% of the price of a pot of moisturiser sold in a high street store is the cost of the ingredients. The rest is packaging, distribution, advertising and selling. (Which is why I NEVER buy my skincare from a shop.)
Price is not necessarily a guide to the best results. Look at the ingredients and ask about the benefits. If you are paying top dollar, you should expect visible results. Don’t believe the advertising – believe you’re own eyes. If it doesn’t achieve the results you were led to expect, take it back.
Key ingredients that support healthy, happy skin are Vitamin C, plant-based botanicals, omegas, and ocean-sourced nutrients. Antioxidants play a key role in fighting free radicals. Peptides are proteins that help rebuild. And remember. What you put on your skin, you put n your body. If you wouldn’t eat it, why use it? Parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, and all the other toxins you find in most skin products are easily avoided if you choose carefully.
Whichever skincare you choose, you absolutely must use it correctly for best results.
Here’s my regime which is pretty standard:
Step 1 – Cleanse
Cleansing is the first step to healthy looking skin. Gently cleanse your skin twice a day — morning and evening — to remove dead skin cells, makeup, oil, and debris. When your skin is clean, it allows other skincare products to work better.
Use a wash-off cleanser if you can. Cream cleansers often leave residue on your face which means your next products are not able to work effectively.
Unless you are using waterproof mascara (full of plastic!!) your cleanser should remove your make up and all the dirt you’ve accumulated over the day. Dead skin cells, pollution and all the other yuk. I like to “double-wash” which leaves my skin sparkling clean.
I have a real downer on cleansing wipes. I would never use them except in emergency when I’m away from home and have forgotten my cleanser. Generally I hate them. They pollute our landfill and seas. And you CANNOT cleanse and moisturise your skin at the same time. Just think about it!
I like to use a gentle toner after cleansing to rest the pH balance of my skin are prepare my skin for the next step.
Step 2 – Treat
Treatment comes in many forms, most commonly serum, eye cream and facial masks.
Serum delivers targeted ingredients depending on needs, such as healthy ageing or soothing. Serums also deliver key ingredients that help refresh, rejuvenate and renew skin’s appearance.
I use a serum which supports healthy cell production to increase collagen and elastin. I never miss this step. Serum is my “hero” product – the one the delivers the most benefits.
Eye cream to reduce the appearance of puffiness, smooth the look of fine lines, brighten dark circles, and replenish moisture. The skin around the eyes is delicate and thin; it loses moisture rapidly, so it needs to be treated gently. Always pat it on very gently, never pulling the skin.
Facial masks offer targeted treatment options to help you address any skincare concerns. A mask can help hydrate, improve the appearance of pores, or remove excess oils and impurities to help improve skin’s appearance. I use a cellular renewal mask weekly and an overnight hydrating mask when I feel the need.
Retinol is renowned as the best faclal rejuvenator. It is an essential part of my skincare routine but it does need to be applied carefully. I use a low dose for a few weeks as a targeted treatment three or four times a year.
My Genius Ultra device is my little helper. Using ultrasound to help push the treatments further into the skin and ensuring even coverage, I’ve seen a big improvement in results since adding this into my regime a couple of years ago.
Step 3 – Protect & Nourish
Both hydration and protection are critical for a soft, smooth complexion, even for oily skin.
Ideally you want a different cream for day and nght.
Day cream with SPF delivers hydration and other skincare benefits such as healthy ageing and oil absorption, as well as broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It helps protect your skin from air pollutants, sun damage and other external stressors. It should make your skin feel comfortable, non-greasy and give a lovely glow. Chose a day cream that targets your particular needs. I use one that focuses on lifting and contouring.
Night cream contains key ingredients at effective levels to support skin’s natural nightly restorative process and provide moisture barrier protection during sleep.
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