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What Causes Our Skin to Age?

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We might not like it, but ageing is a fact of life. When it comes to our skin, there’s a whole host of changes that are associated with ageing, including wrinkles, altered pigmentation, and loss of skin tone. 

So, what causes our skin to age? And, more importantly, what can we do about it?

There are a whole host of factors that can cause our skin to age – some of which we have no control over, but others we can influence… 

Sun Exposure 

There’s nothing better than soaking up some rays and getting a nice, healthy glow, right? But the reality is that sun exposure plays a major role in how quickly your skin ages. 

In fact, up to 70% of skin ageing depends on the amount of sunlight our skin has been exposed to throughout our lives, rather than purely on our actual age.

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To help prevent ageing, sun protection is essential. Use sunscreen every day and look out for beauty products with built-in SPF. 

Smoking

We all know smoking is bad for our health, but did you know that it’s also bad for your skin?

Smoking can cause premature fine lines to appear in places where the skin is particularly thin, such as around the eyes and above the upper lip. Although the majority of us will develop these fine lines at some point (it’s part of the natural ageing process), they typically appear 10 to 15 years earlier in smokers compared to non-smokers. 

But why does this happen? Well it’s all about vitamin C. On average, smokers’ vitamin C levels are 60% lower than non-smokers’. This is important because vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen fibres, which are responsible for your skin’s elasticity and healthy, youthful appearance.

So, if you’re worried about fine lines and wrinkles, you might want to think twice before you reach for your next cigarette!

Diet

That’s right, a well-balanced diet is not only key to keeping our bodies looking and feeling healthy, but it also plays a major role in keeping our skin looking radiant and young.

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If your diet doesn’t feature enough fruit and vegetables, you risk your skin ageing prematurely. This is because anti-oxidants found in fruit and vegetables, such as lycopene, lutein, and beta-carotene, help to neutralise the oxidative damage that can be caused by sun exposure. 

What’s more, fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C play a vital role in collagen production. 

So, when you’re planning your meals, do your skin a favour and make sure you incorporate plenty of fruit and vegetables. 

Alcohol

But it’s not just the food you eat that impacts on how quickly your skin ages, alcohol also plays a part.

Alcohol can damage the texture and colour of the skin, particularly around the eye sockets. This can cause the appearance of capillaries and redness on the cheeks as well as the nasal bridge.

Exercise 

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Exercising regularly is not just good for your mind and body, but it can also help you to maintain youthful-looking skin. Studies suggest that moderate exercise most days of the week can help improve circulation and boost the immune system – giving your skin a more youthful appearance. 

To help combat the signs of ageing, Vivderma have crafted a unique range of luxury skincare products that are formulated by expert dermatologists. If you need help detoxing your skin, browse the full range of products online.

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