Your skin and its ageing.

structure of skin

Skin ageing starts from of our mid 20s.

From the age of 28 we start to loose collagen, which is surprisingly early and as there are no visual clues initially, most people fail to make the necessary skin care adjustments soon enough.

So, what do you really need to know about your skin and what will keep it looking younger for longer?

Skin is our largest organ of the body and its divided into three main layers, the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous layer. The surface of epidermis layer is what we see with our naked eyes. It is the layer that sheds 30 000 – 40 000 dead skin cells per minute. Now imagine that cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising is not on top of your agenda. That means dry skin, dull grey skin, pronounced lines and wrinkles, congested skin and spots will keep you from a healthier and more youthful complexion.

I would like to highlight two very important factors that effect our skin conditions.

Our skin responds to intrinsic and extrinsic factors of life.
The inevitable, genetically determined intrinsic ageing happens progressively due to chronological ageing. These ageing factors are genetics, fat reduction and redistribution, slower epidermal cell cycle, increased dark spots and pigmentation and reduced elasticity.

The extrinsic ageing is however influenced by your lifestyle choices and environmental factors. The extrinsic factors contributing to premature skin ageing are poor sleep, poor diet, stress, alcohol, smoking, sunlight and depression.

The great news is that all of these factors can be influenced by us. A key element is to protect your skin with active skincare ingredients against daily pollution and harmful substances such as UV rays and free radicals.

So working from home or otherwise, wearing make up or not, just keeping to your skincare routine is a hugely important step in prioritising and taking care of you… and it only takes 5 minutes per day!!

Remember that sometimes change is all you need.