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Ageing Skin

Ageing is a natural part of life, but what can be done to prevent premature and promote great skin health, at any age? Find out - as we discuss natural dietary and lifestyle advice as well as some great beauty products here at Therapy Organics

What is ageing skin?

Ageing skin refers to the natural changes that occur in the skin as we age. We can see evidence of aging skin in wrinkles, loss of elasticity, thinning and fragility, uneven skin tone, dryness, and increased vulnerability to sun damage[i].

Whilst ageing skin is a normal part of the ageing process, taking care of the skin through sun protection, a healthy diet and lifestyle, and a great skincare routine can help minimise the signs of ageing for a really great and glowing complexion.

Why do we get ageing skin?

These changes happen gradually due to a combination of intrinsic (internal) and extrinsic (external a.k.a environmental) factors - namely cellular ageing.

Cellular ageing is closely linked to the natural process of skin ageing. Skin cells, like all cells in the body, have a natural ability to divide and carry out their functions. However, as skin cells divide, they gradually age and their functioning declines.

As we age, skin cells also become more vulnerable to damage, which negatively impacts their health and disrupts these essential biological processes[ii].

What are the risks associated with ageing skin?

Spending a lot of time in the sun over a long period can raise your chances of getting skin cancer. There are different types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. So, it's this is a reminder to be cautious and protect your skin from excessive sun exposure to reduce the risk of developing these types of cancer – see our pigmentation article for more info.

The formation of visible lines and folds is largely due to decreased collagen and elastin production - Skin becomes saggy and loses firmness due to reduced collagen and elastin activity[iii].

Ageing skin becomes drier and more prone to moisture loss and dehydration due to decreased natural sebum production and means to retain moisture, as seen in younger skin.

An uneven distribution of melanin leads to the appearance of dark spots or patches. See our article on age spots here.

Ageing skin becomes thinner and more fragile to damage caused by decreased thickness and supportive structures. Which also causes complications such as reduced wound healing as ageing skin exhibits slower healing capacities. Ageing skin also becomes more reactive and sensitive to environmental factors and irritants[iv].

Why is nutritional therapy important for helping to slow ageing skin?

Nutritional therapy plays a crucial role in slowing down the ageing process of the skin. Firstly, an important consideration here is to ensure a balanced and nutrient-dense diet provides essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that all support the overall health and function of the skin.

Main dietary considerations for ageing skin

Nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, and certain minerals help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals - which are harmful molecules that contribute to ageing[v].

Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like fish and nuts help to maintain the skin's elasticity and hydration.

Second to that, great nutrition helps maintain collagen production, which is a protein responsible for the skin's strength and elasticity. So, consuming foods rich in collagen-building nutrients, such as vitamin C, amino acids, and antioxidants help promote collagen synthesis and prevent its breakdown, as seen in the ageing process[vi].

Product recommendations to combat ageing skin

Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream Intensive: The formulation of precious plant extracts such as blackthorn blossom and fruit, together with almond milk and olive oil, strengthens the skin’s resilience and provides an intense moisture boost. It contains active ingredients such as red clover extract to support skin regeneration and acerola berries to provide antioxidants and promote collagen production, helping to improve skin elasticity[vii][viii].

Aqua Oleum Rosehip Seed Oil: One of the best oils for anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation due to its high vitamin A content. Rosehip stimulates skin cell growth & renewal to maintain the elasticity of the tissue[ix].

Green People Scent Free Anti Ageing 24 Hour Cream: with organic avocado, seaweed and baicalin, is a fragrance-free day and night moisturiser with botanical extracts to support natural skin health. Baicalin extract is a cell rejuvenator, proven to actively reduce wrinkles[x][xi].

Caudalie Resveratrol-lift Firming Night Cream: nourishes the skin while you sleep. With powerful moisturising and nourishing ingredients, it can deeply hydrate the skin, plumping it up and reducing signs of ageing and fatigue. Resveratrol is used in anti-ageing and anti-UV damage skincare for its antioxidant properties, which help protect the skin from free radicals and oxidative stress. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory effects and can stimulate collagen production[xii].

Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Duo Face Gel and Serum: The Organic Pharmacy's ultra-light revitalising gel is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and herbal extracts. The radiant oil-serum blend is packed with potent, skin-loving ingredients for a radiant, healthy glow. With rosehip, ginseng, lemon and MSM for protection against environmental stress[xiii].

Eco By Sonya Serum of Plenty: It contains a phenomenal amount of vitamin C (at 15%) to target pigmentation, fine lines and diminish redness[xiv].

de Mamiel Gravity Fix: combines powerful antioxidants such as rosehip, bilberry, and green tea to shield the skin from environmental damage. These active ingredients work together to nourish and rejuvenate[xv].

For tips on how to combat the effects of ageing on the body and some great supplements and herbs with anti-ageing benefits, please see our ageing article.

Lifestyle suggestions for ageing skin

The main lifestyle considerations for maintaining healthy, youthful skin include wearing sunscreen with a high SPF, seeking shade during peak sun hours and wearing protective hats and sunglasses[xvi].

Staying hydrated helps maintain the skin's moisture levels and overall elasticity[xvii].

Additionally, sleep deprivation can lead to increased inflammation and oxidative stress, which can contribute to skin conditions such as premature ageing. So – prioritise your sleep![xviii].

Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can also contribute to healthier skin as these habits can accelerate premature ageing[xix].

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Please note that the information contained within this website does not and should not replace medical advice, and is not intended to treat or diagnose. We always recommend you consult with your doctor. Our Nutritional Therapy team is highly trained and we offer one to one Nutritional Therapy Consultations, which are designed to be complementary to any medical treatment from a functional medicine approach, as well as offering a preventative & optimal health focus.