Your skin through the ages: Understanding your skin and choosing the right products to prevent premature ageing

When it comes to ageing, nothing reflects it more than our skin.
From the silky smoothness of a baby’s complexion to the lines and wrinkles of mature lady, here’s what to expect through the decades, and what you can do to help prolong your youth and prevent premature ageing!

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Understanding your skin and choose the right products to prevent premature ageing

20’s

Once you reach your twenties it’s easy to fall under the false pretence that since your teens are behind you, so are those pesky pimples! Wrong! While your skin may have settled (as have those hormones) it’s still producing oil. Also news flash! Your body actually stops producing collagen once you hit 25! You know collagen, the protein which provides elasticity to the skin helping it to appear youthful, glowing and vibrant! So it’s important to exfoliate daily to continue daily collagen renewal.

What you may need: Opt for natural extracts in light-textured, non-greasy formulations in order to keep pores clean and clear. Also, use a broad spectrum UVA & UVB daily sunscreen – just remember you’re never too young to start wearing sunscreen!

Try; Organic Essentials Line; Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30

30’s

Ageing really begins at 30. Fine lines develop as collagen and elastin start to break down, and our delicate skin under the eyes begins to thin. Skin generally becomes drier, quicker. Broken veins may start to show up as tiny red dots, and towards the end of this decade, age spots and brown pigmentation marks, or ‘sun spots’, may appear. Under-eye puffiness may become a problem, taking longer to subside after you wake.

What you may need: Effective youth-prolonging skincare to strengthen, smooth and rejuvenate. Hydrating Moisturisers formulated with marine collagen, Eye Creams & Gels.

Try; Age Correction Marine Collagen Cream & Intensifier, Age Correction Eye Contour, “C” Evolutive Eye Gel.

40’s

Deeper lines begin to etch around the mouth and eyes, furrows appear on the forehead and circles under the eyes may grow into pouches. Most women’s skin becomes noticeably drier. In the run-up to the menopause, and during this phase, skin may also become more sensitive. What’s more, skin loses its resilience due to a breakdown of elastin and collagen.

What you may need: Your daily regime should embrace products that offer specific benefits to counteract skin problems such as: anti-aging, sensitivity, hyper-pigmentation, Eg. Soothing serums to protect capillaries, lip and eye care, deeply repairing and resurfacing products.

Try; Micro-Retinol Line; Eye Renew Conceal & De-Age Treatment, Lip Renew Plump & De-Age Treatment, Propolis Concentrate

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50’s

By now, skin starts to acquire true ‘character’ in the form of fine wrinkles, and the lines you develop in your 50’s and 60’s may deepen into folds. This is because, post-menopausal, there’s much less oestrogen being produced and without oestrogen, skin becomes thinner and more fragile. It is also less able to retain moisture and the production of collagen and elastin slows down significantly. In your 50’s skin tone is also likely to become more uneven, with an increasing number of ‘sun spots’.

What you may need: Products that minimize the appearance of lines, contain phyto-estrogens and protect the skin from the sun or even fade sunspots.

Try; Stem Cells Phyto-Elite Line, RS2 Line, Lip Renew Plump & De-Age Treatment, Lumafirm Eye Contour Lift & GlowRenewing Glycocides Cream

60’s

Your skin has a hard time retaining moisture and natural oil production slows down so skin is very dry. Cell turnover continues to slow – a process that started in your forties so skin is generally duller than before. Between the lack of oil, the loss of collagen and elastin, and the dryness, dark spots can really start to stand out. Areas of scaly roughness often seen on fair-skinned women that can be a precursor to skin cancer.

What you may need: De-ageing products with wrinkle relaxers such as vegetal botox, exfoliating products with aha’s, products rich in collagen and elastin, sun protection and pigment fading products

Try; Myoxy-Caviar Timeless Repair Line, Renewing Glycocides Cream, Lumablanc Cream

How Eating Sugar Can Affect Your Skin

Recently we’ve felt a little like we can hardly switch on the tv, open our internet browser or listen to the radio without hearing about the adverse effects of sugar. Yes, some of these reports are perhaps getting a little out of hand and indulging in the occasional macaroon isn’t going to end in doom and gloom but the general message is definitely a good one when it comes to your skin.

How does sugar effect the skin?
When sugar travels into the skin, its components cause nearby amino acids to form cross-links. These cross-links jam the repair mechanism and, over time, leave you with premature wrinkles. Not only that but when blood sugar goes up rapidly, sugar can attach itself to collagen in a process called “glycation.” This causes the skin to become stiff and inflexible. This loss of elasticity, also caused my too much sun exposure, is a fast track to visibly aged skin. if you feel you’ve experience a loss of elasticity, try our Firming Marine Elastin Cream. It delivers powerful repairing and tightening benefits along with UV protection to help protect and repair.

It’s not just about aging either, your body attempts to bring blood sugar levels down after spikes caused by excess sugar consumption by excreting a surge of hormones. All these hormones cause your skin sebum glands to go into hyper drive, producing excess oil in the skin. If this is you, get that oil under control with our Oily Skin Line. It will help regulate oil production while you cut down on your sugar intake.

Why can we do?
First of all, make sure you’re using the right products for your skin to counteract any damage that has been done. If you’re concerned about aging, try our Power Repair Range. If you’re experiencing excess oil production, our Oily Skin Care Range will do the trick.

Once that’s under control, start working to cut down the sugar in your diet. Remember it’s not just “incidental sugar” like chocolate, lollies and a teaspoon in our coffee that’s causing a problem. Take a look at the items in your pantry and your fridge and you’ll be shocked to discover just how much sugar you’re consuming. Cereals, snack foods, condiments and even low-fat dairy products are rife with sugar. When you’re doing your groceries, read the labels and aim for less than 6g of sugar per 100g of food/drink.