Part Two of our blog post series on our talk at Potential Personal Training in Lindfield last week. In our last post we talked about the three triggers of ageing and how you can avoid and prevent against them. This week we will talk about the second part of our talk when we spoke about what the signs of ageing are and who are the culprits and how you can prevent against them.
“First and foremost at Winslow Skincare we believe that ageing is not the end! There is so much you can do both at home and in the treatment room to fight the signs of ageing and prevent premature ageing as well. That’s why believe our consultations before the treatment are so important because there is so much you can do that we find it is best to focus on one area, using all the technology and products we have available and really target that area and focus on achieving the result the client wants.”
Anti Ageing: What and Who?
What: what are the signs of ageing?
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Photo ageing
- Reduction in volume
- Dull complexion
- Reduced elasticity
- Uneven pigmentation
Who: who are the culprits?
|Fine lines and wrinkles||Free radicals, genetics, UV Rays, reduction in sedum (skin’s natural oil), expression lines, reduced collagen levels, bad diet (glycation), stress|
|Photo ageing||Free radicals, genetics, UV Rays, reduction in sedum (skin’s natural oil), reduced collagen levels, bad diet (glycation), lack of exfoliation, stress|
|Reduction in volume||Genetics, reduced fibre blast activity, reduced collagen levels, bad diet (glycation)|
|Dull complexion||Slowed metabolism, bad diet (glycation), lack of exfoliation|
|Reduced elasticity and firmness||Free radicals, genetics, reduced collagen levels, bad diet (glycation), stress, reduced fibre blast activity|
|Uneven pigmentation||Genetics, UV Rays, lack of exfoliation|
How: how they work against your skin to cause anti ageing
Scientifically known as ROS, Reactive Oxygen Species; think of when you cut open an apple how it browns almost instantly. This is exactly what is happening to your skin every day when they come in contact with these free radicals in the air.
There are two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB. B stands for Burning, these are the rays that you experience on holiday, on the beach or when you are tanning. They go only to the first few layers of the skin causing minimal ageing but can cause burning and redness. A stands for ageing, these rays are present all year round in rain, sun and snow. They go much deeper into the skin causing premature and photo ageing as well as fine lines and wrinkles. This is why you should always wear broad spectrum SPF that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and we would recommend wearing a minimum of SPF 30 every day.
Reduced sebum production
This occurs as we age. When we are teenagers, our sebaceous glands go in to overdrive due to hormones. Sebum is the skin’s natural oil and helps form the skin’s acid mantel which protects the skin from environmental damage and onslaughts. As we age, our sebaceous glands slow and in turn reduce the amount of sebum being deposited on our skin. This reduces acne on the skin but also means our skin is more prone to dehydration, this can lead to fine lines and wrinkles.
Reduced collagen levels and fibroblast activity
This again occurs as we age. Deep beneath the first layers of your skin you have your fibroblast. These tiny balls each have 4-5 collagen strands branching off them which when we are young are strong and taut. As we age damage to these fibroblasts. Which means that strands get weaker as the fibroblast simply fall asleep. Some fibroblasts even die down completely. This happening over a large scale reduces the collagen levels of the skin
Sugar. We know that it’s bad for us but when consume too much it has an effect on our skin, sugar in the body latches on to the nearest and biggest protein in the body (known as glycation) which happens to be…collagen. The sugar latches on to the collagen and breaks it down causing premature ageing, fine lines and wrinkles.
Stress is very detrimental for the skin. When we were cave men we had our fight or flight mechanism which released adrenaline into the body allowing us to cope with that mammoth or saber tooth tiger that was about kill us! However in modern life, we are faced with daily mammoths and saber tooth tiger’s that are not only detrimental to our health but also our skin. These heightened high stress levels break down the collagen and elastin in our skin and lead to premature ageing and fine lines and wrinkles.
Genetics play a huge part in the ageing process. We can do a lot in the treatment room. However the one thing we cannot do (yet) is modify your good or bad genes. So if your grandmother had a tendency to overhanging eye lids we advise a good eye cream and to take extra care of the area to avoid it deteriorating prematurely. We cannot stop the ageing process however we can delay it as well as soften it via professional treatments and professional grade products with actual ingredients such as powerful peptides.
Not enough exfoliation and slow metabolism
How many times a week do you exfoliate? If you are over 40 we would recommend at least 3 times a week. As we age our metabolism and lymphatic drainage system (our bodies waste disposal system) both slow resulting in slower cell turnover. This means that instead of having completely new skin every 4 weeks we now develop a new skin every 2 months and this process continues to slow as we age. This results in a duller looking skin which is a result of the build up of dead skin cells, you can resolve this by simply exfoliating every other day to help increase lymphatic drainage and cell turnover of the skin