Let’s start with some scary skin secrets:
- Visible ageing of the skin starts at about age 25 as the natural regeneration process begins to slow
- First wrinkles start to appear in your 20s – around the eyes and lips
- In your 30s, skin becomes less resilient, allowing gravity to take its toll
- Elasticity starts to diminish in your 40s, skin loses its ability to snap back and repetitive movements like frowning, squinting and smoking form the first permanent wrinkles
- In your 50s, gravity, combined with the decrease in collagen and elastin causes the skin to sag
- Oil producing glands become less active in your 50s and so your skin becomes drier and more fragile
- Your skin is the largest organ in your body and skin cells are renewed every 15-30 days.
- Production of collagen and elastin slows down a staggering 65% between the ages of 20 and 80
The good news is that taking care of your skin and using good anti ageing skin care really can help lessen the appearance of ageing in the skin.
The key to good skin is pretty simple; when you look down at the tips below, the only one which might surprise you is to avoid mineral oil…
Protect your skin from sun damage
The sun causes 90-95% of the wrinkles and lines on our bodies so it’s important to protect your skin from sun damage by using a good sun screen, covering up or staying out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day (usually 12-3pm) and using a moisturizer or foundation with at least SPF15.
Eat a healthy balanced diet
A good balanced diet is important, in particular, foods high in vitamins C and E, zinc and iron. Fruit and vegetables are generally the best source of anti oxidants, which help to neutralize the effect of free radicals (linked to signs of ageing). Avocados, nuts and oil rich fish all provide essential fatty acids that the body can’t make and these help to improve elasticity.
Remember, many of the best foods for healthy skin also promote good health overall – drinking 2 litres of water a day helps keep you hydrated too.
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
Limit bath time
Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
Avoid strong soaps
Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
Avoid Mineral oil and other petrochemicals
Petrochemicals are derived from petroleum and include mineral oil, toluene, and petroleum oil. Petroleum is an economical mineral oil used for its moisturising properties in cosmetics and yet mineral oil has several hazards associated with it. It has no nutrient value for the skin and may also interfere with the body’s own natural moisturising mechanism, leading to dryness. Oddly enough, this ingredient often creates the conditions it claims to alleviate. Petroleum by-products coat the skin like plastic, clogging the pores and stopping the skin from ‘breathing’. They interfere with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. They also slow skin function and cell development, resulting in premature ageing. Watch out on this one—mineral oil is used in many products – even baby oil is 100% mineral oil.
Choose pure, safe and beneficial skin care
Choose your skin care carefully, avoid chemical additives wherever possible, instead look for botanically based skin care that doesn’t contain animal by-products, mineral oils and parabens. Take a look at our pure, safe and beneficial product range – it is botanically based, vegan certified and clinically proven to work.