Sun Awareness Month Ageing Skin Caused By Sun
Does Sun Exposure Cause Pre-Mature Ageing?
Over exposure to sun damages the skin which can cause premature ageing with visible fine lines, wrinkles, loss of flaccidity, discolouration and uneven skin tone. Over exposure to sun can lead to skin cancer, as explained in the article, ‘Sun Awareness Month – Skin Cancer Awareness’.
In this article I will explain what ageing skin is, how to prevent pre-mature ageing from sun exposure and how to treat pre-mature aged skin.
What Happens To Your Skin As You Age?
The natural ageing process is a normal biological reaction that affects each individual during the passing of time. As the years pass by the natural ageing process occurs.
The ageing process is a natural part of life which effects every part of the body from the muscles, bones and organs to include the skin.
The skin is the largest organ of the body with a multitude of important functions; protection, absorption, excretion, secretion, regulation and sensation. The skin acts as our first line of defence against environmental exposure, particularly UV radiation along with toxins, pollutants, bacteria and other harmful micro-organisms.
During the natural ageing process, the skin becomes thinner and less able to retain moisture, resulting in dehydration and dry skin characteristics. The skin will also lose its elasticity; thus, the production of collagen and elastin diminishes. All of these factors contribute to the development of fine lines, wrinkles, lose skin and other signs of ageing.
The passing of time and more sun exposure accelerates the ageing process, with other visible signs such as age spots and other skin discolouration.
How Does The Sun Cause Pre-mature Ageing?
Excessive exposure to the sun is the principal cause of pre-mature ageing. It can accelerate the ageing process and cause damage to the skin. Over exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and other blemishes.
The main cause of the pre-ageing process is a decrease in the body’s production of collagen. Collagen is a protein that binds and supports the skin, giving it its elasticity and youthful appearance. With over exposure to the sun, collagen production decreases more rapidly and the skin becomes thinner and less elastic, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin.
In addition, over exposure can speed up the ageing process by causing cellular dysfunction, increased oxidative radicals and DNA damage, thus altering the structures of the skin’s cells, elastin fibres as well as the collagen structures.
With a weakened skin matrix, along with the moisture loss, also caused by over exposure the UV rays, inevitability the skin’s matrix steadily declines and collapses, promoting loss of skin tone, texture, volume and luminosity.
Environmental exposure, particularly UV ray exposure, poor diet, alcohol, smoking, and certain topical skin care ingredients exacerbate the ageing process of the skin.
Predominantly skin with freckles and a fairer skin tone, 1 to 2 on the Fitzpatrick phototype scale, are at higher risk of sun-damaged skin.
What Are Signs Of An Aged Skin?
Typically, ageing skin symptoms include fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, crepey, jowls, uneven skin tone and discolouration.
How To Prevent Pre-Mature Aged Skin?
The natural ageing process of the skin is inevitable, but it can be slowed down with proper care and lifestyle choices. Support your skin health, maintain a healthy lifestyle to help slow down the ageing process. Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and reducing stress levels are all essential for healthy skin. Avoiding smoking and drinking will also help to keep the skin looking younger for longer. Keep your skin protected with an appropriate level SPF every day.
Top Tips To Achieve A Youthful Skin:
- Adopt a daily skincare routine
- Choosing the right skincare products for your skin type
- Exfoliate the skin gently, daily
- Apply antioxidants, such as Vitamin C to help protect the skin from environmental invaders
- Apply hyaluronic acid to the skin to restore hydration and volume
- Daily moisturising prevents moisture loss
- Apply high level SPF every day indoors or outside
- Re-apply SPF every 2 hours
- Cover Up – Wear a hat, etc
- 10.Undertake regular skincare treatments to restore cellular damage
Protection Advice Against The Sun
Guard your skin from sun exposure at all times.
Understand the types of sun rays and how they can damage the skin.
Adopt ways to protect your skin.
Learn more on these points.
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‘Sun Awareness Month – How to Be Safe In The Sun’.
How To Treat Pre-Mature Ageing Skin?
The aim of an anti-ageing treatment is to slow down the ageing process as well as to repair any structural skin damaged already caused. There are many treatments that can help combat ageing, to include non-surgical, medical and surgical procedures.
The goal of a non-surgical procedure it to remove old, dead skin cells, promote skin hydration and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin fibres. The overall results will reduce wrinkle formation making an individual look vibrant and ultimately younger.
Before initiating a non-surgical treatment, first visit a highly experienced skin aesthetician for a personlised skin assessment. In order to achieve an effective anti-ageing action, the professional will need to consider each individual’s skin type, the type of ageing characteristics, the depth of the wrinkle formation and the most appropriate treatment procedure/s.
A medical or surgical treatment such as anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers must be assessed by a highly experienced doctor or surgeon with a catalogue of successful treatments.
What Are Non-Surgical Anti-Ageing Skin Treatments
There is an array of diverse non-surgical, non-medical skin treatments to suit each individual’s skin type and specific concerns.
In clinic treatments are essential to the success of collagen and elastin reproduction and reformation. The goal of the treatments is to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin to enable the reconstruction of the matrix in the deeper layers of the skin, plumping out fine lines and wrinkles, and improving overall skin tone.
Excellent results can be achieved in repairing the signs of a pre-mature sun damaged skin.
What Are The Best Anti-Ageing Treatments?
We successfully reverse all signs of pre-mature ageing by with our comprehensive range of technological treatments.
We aim to take years off the appearance of skin to promote a more, smooth, nourished, healthy, youthful skin, with a natural look.
Best non-surgical anti-ageing treatments:
Green Peel® Herbal Peeling
This purely plant-based method of skin peeling can be adapted for the face and the body and produces outstanding results in skin rejuvenation and anti-ageing benefits.
Specific varying amounts of the herbal plant mixtures allows the GREEN PEEL® Herbal Peeling Treatment to be adapted to individual skin conditions and the personal treatment goals as well as on the down time incurred.
Chemical Skin Peels
A Chemical Acid Skin Peel is generally used to remove surface dead skin cells and encourage new healthier skin cells to grow; however chemical skin peels are so advanced they provide a positive anti-ageing benefit within the skin.
This skin peel process will almost instantly achieve a rejuvenated, more youthful skin with-out any of the side effects associated with invasive surgery.
Nlite Laser is a well-established non-surgical, non-invasive skin repair procedure without incurring any down time.
The Nlite laser energy is delivered to the skin where it responds to the deeper layers of the skin. The light energy selectively targets dermal structures, without causing damage to the surface of the skin, whereby it can be ‘tricked’ into producing new collagen in response to the perceived injury.
Radio Frequency Rejuvenation
Radio Frequency is the latest generation of non-surgical, non-invasive skin repair procedure without incurring any down time.
Using the Radio Frequency to stimulate the deep dermal structures within the skin, without causing damage to the surface, will result in the body’s natural healing and cell regenerating process to reverse the signs of ageing.
Excellent results in promoting skin rejuvenating with volume whilst firming and toning the face, neck and the body.
M-Pen Micro-needling is an advanced needling device, designed to perforate the skin to increase absorption or pharmaceutical active anti-ageing ingredient and stimulate the production of natural collagen and elastin within the skin to promote skin repair and rejuvenation.
Mesotherapy MCT Gun is an advanced device which provides the intradermal route in aesthetic ingredients.
Use of the intradermal route is an aesthetic procedure that consists of localised micro-injections into the skin to correct multiple anti-ageing concerns, such as, loss of flaccidity, tone, fines lines and wrinkles.
Skin Storm – 6 Elements – HydraFacial
The technology draws on 6 elements of nature; oxygen, thunder, light and water to achieve dramatic results in the improvement of skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of skin tone and loss of skin volume.
An intense skin treatment that is only available due to the Oxy Ice and Phototherapy technology that creates a chilled, calm, de-stressed and healing environment throughout the skin.
Contact Angela for a free chat about your skin concerns.
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Author: Angela Taffinder the founder of Emporium Treatment Clinic. A practising Aesthetician for 35+ years, holistic and wellbeing advocate and yoga instructor.
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