The good news is that only 10-20% of skin ageing is inevitable which means most is preventable.
Take our Lifestyle Skin Assessment to find out how your lifestyle choices could be affecting your skin both now and in the future. The main culprits that contribute to premature skin ageing are listed below.
Are you a skincare saint or sinner?
Approximately 80% of visible skin ageing is the product of UV light exposure. This means that the sun and daylight have more effect on your skin than your body's natural ageing process.
Airborne pollutants such as dirt and dust – present in most modern environments, especially in densely populated or industrialized areas – are harmful to the skin.
Dry, air-conditioned or centrally-heated interiors dehydrate the skin, leaving the epidermis dry, flaky and vulnerable. This dehydration damages the skin's barrier function and promotes increased evaporation of dermal moisture.
Sleep deprivation leads to a lacklustre complexion and dark, puffy under-eye circles. Lack of sleep leads to skin that is prone to premature lines and wrinkles.
Our emotions can literally show on our faces. Anxiety and anger have been shown to increase sebum production in the skin, while periods of calm significantly decrease sebum levels.
Drinking in excess leads to significant skin dehydration and robs the body of vital nutrients such as vitamin B, C and the minerals magnesium and zinc.
Studies show that smoking reduces the supply of blood to the skin's surface, restricting the flow of essential nutrients. This leaves the skin dull and greyish in colour. Smokers tend to have thinner skin than non-smokers; therefore, their skin is prone to the premature appearance of lines and wrinkles.
A sedentary lifestyle can contribute to skin ageing. Exercise helps tone muscles, stimulates blood circulation and is a great stress-buster. The benefits of regular physical exercise will show on your face. A brisk daily walk will get skin glowing and contribute to an overall feeling of well-being
During the first five years following menopause, the skin loses up to 30% of its supportive collagen fibres. As a result, the skin becomes thinner and the signs of skin ageing accelerate. The skin becomes less capable of storing moisture, becomes drier and "looser," wrinkles deepen and become more pronounced. The skin also becomes more prone to damage caused by free radicals as the cell renewal process slows down.