Skin Conditions - Ageing

by Rayna van Aalst April 23, 2017

Skin Conditions - Ageing

Ageing is probably the one skin condition which hardly needs introduction. One day you look in the mirror and you notice fine lines and wrinkles, age spots have appeared, the skin is less plump. Drooping of the eyebrows and eyelids, looseness and fullness under the cheeks and jaw are also visible because the skin loses its elasticity too as it ages.

Causes of ageing

There are two types of skin ageing – intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic skin aging refers to ageing which occurs naturally in the skin – genetics, ethnicity, gravity’s effect on our skin, chronological age. Extrinsic ageing is caused by external factors, which are to a great extend controllable – sun exposure, pollution, diet, stress, alcohol, smoking, etc.

Tips

  • Use skincare products high in antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals and some of them can also stimulate collagen production and reduce discolorations.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF every day. UV rays are one of the leading causes of the visible signs of ageing.
  • Exfoliation will help your skin slough dead skin cells which will immediately reveal smoother, softer, younger-looking skin.
  • Look for skincare products infused with lipids which are known to repair the barrier function of the skin.
  • Ingredients stimulating collagen production are also of great importance so keep them on your radar too.
  • Hydration is key. Hydrate on the inside by drinking enough water and on the outside by using a facial mist and a moisturizer.

The condition of your skin such as dehydration, sensitivity, acne, etc or a combination of them, should also be taken into consideration when selecting your skincare products. Make sure to identify your skin type first though. 

Some skin conditions require consultation by a doctor.

Please note that this content is merely a guideline, not a medical advise.

Read more about other common skin conditions dehydration, hyperpigmentationsensitivity, congested skin or acne.

 

 





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