How our skin changes as we age
Some skin experts divide skin ageing into two categories: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic ageing refers to the effects of your genetic makeup on your ageing process. Extrinsic ageing refers to external environmental factors such as ultraviolet light (UV) from the sun, or lifestyle factors such as the negative effect of smoking. In many cases, extrinsic ageing can be positively impacted by actions you take in your day-to-day life.
Fine lines and wrinkles
Unfortunately, wrinkles are a tell-tale sign of skin ageing. Wrinkles often begin to occur owing to muscle and skin movement. These are known as motor wrinkles and the most obvious of these occur around the mouth and the delicate eye area.
In your 50s and older years, wrinkles become more prominent as your skin begins to sag. Using moisturisers such as Qsilica REVIVE that are thicker and richer than may have been necessary on younger skin can be beneficial. Additionally, applying a specialised skin oil such as Qsilica RESTORE onto damp, clean skin before applying your daily moisturiser will help plump and hydrate skin, helping to minimise the appearance of wrinkles.
Older skin has a tendency to become drier. This can be down to the fact that as skin ages it produces fewer natural moisturising oils. Although this is a common problem, it can be helped dramatically with the use of good external moisturisers that provide beneficial nutrients and hydration as well as natural oils that mimic the skin’s own natural moisturising capacity.
There is also emerging research being conducted on ingestible ingredients including essential fatty acids and plant-derived ceramides. The ingredients of a food supplement such as Qsilica PRO COLLAGEN can act as moisturisers ‘from the inside-out’ to help combat dry, uncomfortable skin.
Another aspect is the loss of moisture from our skin while we sleep. To minimise this and indeed assist the skin to repair and rejuvenate overnight, a well-formulated product such as Qsilica BEAUTY REGEN+ Night Cream (available soon in the UK and Europe) is a good addition to the bedtime routine.
Unfortunately, as skin ages it not only becomes drier but it also thins. Thinning occurs because skin loses some of the fatty layer that lies below the epidermis, meaning there is less cushioning and skin is less durable. Thinner skin is more prone to cuts, breaks and bruises as it is more delicate. Slower skin cell regeneration is also another cause of thinning.
Avoiding unnecessary sun exposure and using a broad spectrum sun screen is a simple way to help skin remain healthy. Ultraviolet light from the sun is highly efficient at breaking down collagen and elastin fibres that are needed by the skin to remain flexible and taught. Using a high quality moisturiser such as Qsilica REVIVE can assist in delaying the signs of thinning skin.
Dietary modifications are also important for maintaining healthy skin. The addition of varied healthy fats as well as a diet high in fruits and vegetables can help by providing the nutrients necessary for collagen and elastin production.
A powerful food supplement such as Qsilica ONE-A-DAY can provide the essential nutrient silica that works to promote collagen and elastin production. It simultaneously provides potent amounts of zinc, selenium and biotin implicated in helping to generate healthy skin, lustrous hair and strong nails.
As you enter your 40s and 50s, there’s a good chance that you’ll experience new patches of pigmentation appearing on your skin. These are usually called age spots, but are also referred to as liver spots or more technically as solar lentigines.
These areas of concentrated pigmentation appear on skin that gets the most exposure to sunlight. Age spots are actually caused by damaging ultraviolet light from the sun. UV accelerates the production of a dark pigment called melanin. Age spots are in fact a defensive reaction from your skin as it attempts to protect deeper layers by darkening.
The best way to tackle age spots is to prevent them from occurring in the first place – by using a high quality SPF barrier every day. Applying sunscreen to the backs of hands before driving may also help prevent the betraying signs of ageing that can occur on this part of the body.
Ageing is inevitable but…
…we don’t have to accept that nothing can be done to counteract skin ageing. Yet there’s no need to apply mass-produced chemical concoctions. There are good products available made of botanically derived ingredients that work with the skin to nourish and protect it in a very natural way.
Yours, Jessica Palmer at Qsilica