Causes And Types Of Skin Ageing
Skin ageing is usually caused by one of two kinds of ageing- Extrinsic and Intrinsic Ageing
Extrisic Ageing is also known as photo-ageing, this is a slow moving process that gradually occurs throughout our life. Skin care experts tell us that around 90% of all skin ageing can be attributed either directly or indirectly to exposure to the sun. The environment in general can also have a similar effect, pollution, our lifestyle and even diet can all play their part
Photo ageing can be identified by the appearance of dark patches and age spots, these are caused by excess melanin production which is a direct result of over exposure to the sun.
Intrinisic Ageing is the normal ageing process that occurs as we get older – As the skin ages, the various layers in the skin begin to thin and the fat cells in the lower layers diminish.The skin cells also begin to divide and self generate more slowly, which slows the healing ability of the skin, with wounds and blemishes healing much slower.
As the skin gets thinner, It often becomes more susceptible to bruising, injury and cuts.
The natural levels of collagen and elastin in the skin will also reduce with age, this affects the skins firmness along with its ability to hold moisture and the formation of lines and wrinkles is more likely.
How Can We Help Reduce Signs Of Ageing
Avoiding long term exposure to the sun is a good start, and when you are out in the sun, make sure you always use a good sun screen, but you will need to go further;
Using products that contain Vitamin C, E and A alongside AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) is proven to help reduce ageing signs and can help to rejuvenate aged skin.
These products are also known to encourage the natural production of natural Collagen and Elastin to smooth and re-firm all skin types.