I want to reveal you interesting facts I’ve learnt on my last seminar with lots of experts, among them there was a fantastic dermatologist.
She easily explained us how your skin changes as you get older. Now, I’ll do the same for you.
First of all, one skin care truth: your skin damage is caused 20% by your genes and 80% by environmental factors like pollution, stress and sun exposure.
The skin in your ’20
- You have an amazing ability to regenerate and repair tissues,
- obviously don’t have wrinkles and your lifestyle “abuse” doesn’t pop up YET.
- in your mid ’20 antioxidants start to decline, so you should start protecting and supporting your skin care with Vitamin E, C, hyaluronic acid and plant stems cells.
What does this mean? Well, being very young the junctions between the epidermis (the upper, external layer you can touch) and the derma (the inner layer located under the epidermis) are very tight. At this stage in life the epidermis is very wavy, junctions occupy a very large area and collagen (a fibrous protein) in the derma is very organized and tick.
These features are absolutely essential for a good communication and signals exchange! These processes allow the best cell turnover.
What happens in your mid 20 is that antioxidants start to decline and if you are having a rough life, you see wrinkles on your eyes and cell turnover starts to decrease. That’s why this is a great time to start supporting your skin with a great moisturizer and plant stem cells, vitamins A and C.
One thing that you must not underestimate is the sun exposure! ALWAYS remember to spread your sunscreen not only when you are at the beach, but also everyday. Even though you work in an office, you walk 10 minutes or more to reach your workplace, to catch the metro or go grocery shopping: even if you don’t realized it, you are exposed very often at the sun.
One powerful ally is the Swiss apple Uttwiler Spätlauber renowned for its resistance to decay and environmental damage. The secret is the skin of the apple, where naturally occurring botanicals protect the fruit (and your skin) from the oxidative stress and inflammations brought on by exposure to UV rays.
The skin in your ’30
In this new phase your skin starts to show:
- sun damage, tissues and components are more disorganized,
- pigments irregularities and age spots in your hands,
- your skin reduces the ability to repair, collagen and elastin decreases = thinner skin
- fine lines around mouth and lips appear from now on a diligent sun protection and skin support is truly necessary.
From now on your junctions between epidermis and derma start becoming flatter and your stem cells decrease like your cell turnover and the ability to repair themselves. These 2 processes produce major changes in this decade: your skin is exposed to toxins during the day and produces free radicals, your lifestyle really starts to make an impact.
Your skin becomes a more honest representation of your lifestyle, you see the difference between people who take really good care of themselves and who don’t.
This is the turning point, what you can do to enhance stem cells activity and turnover is using a serum with stem cells (day/ night creams are very useful to sustain the layers) and internally consuming antioxidants through both diet and supplementation.
The skin in your 40’ and 50’
At this point in life you have:
- cell turnover, elastin and repair ability slowing down dramatically
- wrinkles deepen and lines are more defined
- sags, elasticity decline, dryness increase (from reduced cells turnover)
As you get older tissues are even more flatter, they’re tight like 2 pieces of papers and they can slide on themselves as the skin is more fragile. You need to keep them tight enhancing the stem cells production with a great cleanser, moisturizer and the night cream is now essential, because the stem cells are not turning over quickly and your skin appears drier.
This is the time when elastin starts to decrease: your skin loses elasticity, it’s like a rubber band that has stretched to much.
These processes are exaggerated by the sun exposure. That’s why you don’t need to focus on the calories but on your nutrition instead, getting a higher level of nutrients and supplementation including as many colours as possible, all the colour spectrum is essential.
The skin in your 60’
One thing you experience at this point in life, it’s the dryness not only from decreased cell turnover but also from the lower oestrogens level in menopause. You have more sun spots, you feel rougher, your jaw and eye skin sags as the fat pads underneath drop: that’s due to a redistribution of fat all over your face when you lose bones, muscle tissues and change your face shape.
Now exercise, healthy nutrition, exfoliation and hydration are essential allies!
Even though you exercise only your arms and legs you give signals to your whole body and your cheek bones- temples- and jaw are stronger because your skin holds up.
How about your routine? Do you use a serum, cleanser, moisturizer, day/night cream? Honestly, I’ve never been very keen on skin care products, but in this last seminar I’ve learnt lots of things!! And being passionate about long-term prevention I think that getting as much knowledge as possible helps you make the right decision for yourself!
In fact, the small decisions you take every day are those that make the greatest results and impact in your life! You have the power to change and improve whatever you want! What you want to get it’s just a decision away from you and I hope these notions help you!
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