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The big question on everyone’s lips - What factors affect our skins aging process?

- Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Did you know that in the beauty industry anyone over the age of 25 is considered to have mature skin? This is the age that professionals say the aging process starts, when collagen and elastin production starts to diminish.

We know that we start to age, due to the lack of collagen and elastin in the skin as we get older, but with anti-aging, in both men and women, being at the top of their beauty agendas; the big questions are what affects the natural aging process and how much can we do to slow down the inevitable?

So what are the main factors affecting our skins aging process?

Intrinsic Effects

Intrinsic affects, sometimes known as chronological aging, are what we describe in the beauty industry, as the internal genetic factors affecting our skins natural aging process. It’s what we are born with and this can be an advantage or can limit the outcome of our anti-aging routine.

Extrinsic Effects

Extrinsic affects, also known as photo-aging, are the external factors that contribute to our skins natural aging process. External factors include UV exposure (sunlight), smoking, alcohol consumption and diet to name but a few. We all know the dangers and damaging effects of smoking and alcohol, but many of you may not know that Ultra-violet light is said to be the most damaging for the skin.

Ultraviolet light is necessary for our bodies to produce strong bones and helps with skin conditions such as psoriasis, through the production of Vitamin D in our bodies. However, there are negative effect from UV light on our skin. These include skin damage from sunburn, which occurs when we overexpose our skin to UV rays. Skin damage can cause pigmentation, giving us an uneven skin tone, which adds to the look of mature skin and at its worst it can cause skin cancer. Additionally, recent studies have shown that many symptoms related to natural aging (e.g. wrinkle, loss of elasticity etc.) may instead be linked to UV exposure – so that tan may look good now, but you could be paying in wrinkles later.

So what can we do to protect ourselves I hear you ask?
Well firstly, the thing you should know is that your face and hands age the fastest. This is because they generally tend to be more exposed to UV rays throughout our lives. Additionally, even on a cloudy day UV rays still penetrate through, so it is a complete myth that you only need to wear SPF in direct sunlight. Wearing SPF daily is the best way to protect yourself and the best protection comes from factor 30 and up.

SPFs (sun protection factors) do exactly what they say on the tin, they protect us from sun exposure. Nowadays you can look at a bottle of sun tan lotion and it will give you a clear indication of how high (or low) the protection you will be receiving is (dermatologist recommend nothing lower that 15SPF, but 30SPF is more favorable) and also if it protects from both UVA and UVB rays.

But what are UVA & UVB rays?

Well the easiest way to remember is that UV A is linked to Aging and UV B is linked to Burning and going Brown, so we need to always be protected from both.

Protecting ourselves from these damaging rays is becoming more of a ‘must do’, with information being readily available from the dermatologists, beauty experts and even the government educating more and more young people on the seriousness of long term exposure without protection, cosmetic brands are now incorporating SPF in to their products; such as face creams, foundations and even primers. Click here to find out our top 10 cosmetic products that include SPF.

So now we know how we can protect and slow the process of aging, is there anything we can do to reverse the signs of premature aging? This question and many more will be answered on our next blog.

Many thanks,
The Beautec Team

P.s We would love to hear your thoughts and if you have questions, so please comment below.


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