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How does the skin age and how can we slow down the process?


What actually happens to the skin as we get older? What causes it to age? This article explains how the skin ages and shares valuable tips on how you can counteract extrinsic ageing. 

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What happens to the skin as we age?

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By the age of 30, our skin begins to show noticeable changes and signs of ageing. Collagen plays an important part in this process. Collagen is one of the most important structural proteins in the human body. It is largely responsible for the firmness, elasticity and structure of the skin, but as we age, collagen production decreases and its structure is altered. This means that fewer and fewer new collagen fibres are formed, and that what is left is less effective at binding water. As a result, the skin loses some of its firmness and elasticity, which leads to wrinkles.

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Free radicals too can play a role in premature skin ageing. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules or atoms that can be harmful in excessive amounts. When they encounter collagen fibres, they can attack them and damage their structure. Free radicals can also inhibit collagen production. They are caused by UV radiation, environmental pollution (air, water, food) and oxidative stress. An increase in these free radicals, combined with the natural, age-related decline in collagen production can alter the texture and look of the skin, e.g. in the form of deep wrinkles, a leathery appearance or pigmentation spots.

Lines can also develop as a result of dry skin. As we age, our sebaceous and sweat glands become less active and the skin produces fewer water-binding, moisturising factors, leaving it less able to retain water and causing it to loses its elasticity, which in turn promotes the development of wrinkles.

Your Anti-Ageing skin care should therefore provide protection against free radicals and replenish your skin's moisture levels.

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Why does skin age?

There are different reasons why our skin changes as we get older. To understand these, we must start by distinguishing between the two forms of ageing: The first, which is known as intrinsic ageing, describes a process which is genetically predetermined from birth and cannot be stopped. The second, which is known as extrinsic ageing, is caused by environmental factors and has far more consequences for us, because unlike our internal organs for example, the skin is our outer protective shell and is therefore particularly exposed to various environmental influences. In addition to poor nutrition, common environmental factors that cause extrinsic ageing include: 

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Too much sun or UV radiation

Sun exposure can contribute to what is known as photoageing). This means that prolonged and/or daily exposure to the sun's UV rays can cause premature ageing through the formation of free radicals, as these can cause the skin to lose its natural elasticity, leading to the formation of wrinkles.

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Lack of sleep

Sleep is not only a time for the body and mind to recharge, but also for the skin to repair itself. Night-time rest allows it to recover from the stresses of the day. Insufficient or restless sleep can cause pale and puffy skin the next morning.

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Smoking

Cigarettes too can speed up the ageing process. Once again, collagen, the protein that supports our connective tissue, is an important factor in this regard. The nicotine in cigarettes destroys the elastic fibres and collagen in the skin. At the same time, tobacco smoke degrades these fibres and slows down collagen production. Smokers are also more prone to wrinkles because their skin contains less water.

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Effective Anti-ageing cosmetics: What makes a good anti-ageing cream?

The natural ageing process of the skin cannot be stopped, but using the right skin care can help delay it.

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A good anti-ageing cream contains moisturising ingredients. These can help replenish your skin's natural moisture stores. Ingredients like  coenzyme Q10organic aloe veraorganic seaweed or bakuchiol are also great for maintaining a beautiful, radiant complexion.

A good anti-ageing cream should supply the skin with ingredients it can no longer produce itself in sufficient quantities (e.g. hyaluronic acid, ceramides, collagen). Hyaluronic acid for example is a substance which is responsible for storing moisture in the skin. The hyaluronic acid content of the skin decreases as we age. At the same time, more and more collagen is broken down in the skin.

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