The realities of unavoidable skin ageing
Ever heard of intrinsic ageing? It’s the inevitable, genetically determined process that occurs in your skin naturally due to the body’s inability to repair damage as easily as we get older.
Intrinsic ageing is a continuous process that you might be surprised to hear actually begins in our mid-20s. Noticeable changes include the slowing in production of proteins elastin and collagen causing skin to lose its youthful bounce, as well as desquamation (skin’s natural exfoliation process) slowing, leaving skin dull, textured and dry.
Over time, cells begin to deteriorate causing internal changes to bone and fat that may not become evident on the surface for decades - hollowed cheeks and eye sockets, as well as loss of firmness and sagging to name a few.
That’s right. Regardless of how much skincare you use throughout your lifetime; intrinsic ageing is inevitable. That said, there’s also a second side to ageing.
Preventable skin ageing
The other side of the coin is called extrinsic ageing and refers to external environmental factors that cause visible damage to the skin, magnifying the signs of intrinsic ageing. Studies have shown that a whopping 80% of visible ageing is due to external factors*. What’s more surprising is that it’s largely preventable!
Most extrinsic ageing is caused by sun exposure, though other factors like smoking, pollution and stress can also contribute. The outcome of over exposure to external aggressors can range from dehydration, loss of elasticity, fine lines and pigmentation, to serious health issues like melanoma.
We’re not saying down tools and give up on skincare all together, just that it’s worth considering that some things can’t be changed. Our advice? Respect your skin, and put more focus on supporting, protecting, and nurturing, making it stronger and building resilience. A healthy skin is a happy skin, and a radiant glow can be one of the most youthful visions of all.
How can we support the ageing process with skincare?
We all want to look our best, at every age. Extrinsic premature skin ageing and damage can be influenced and reduced with due care and diligence. Below is our guide on supporting your skin’s natural functions and protecting from external aggressors.