Ageing 101Acne 101
90% of environmental ageing is caused by solar radiation – i.e. sun damage. This is followed closely by pollution, smoking, and highly processed foods, which all cause free radical damage. These malicious molecules reduce collagen production whilst damaging fresh cells. There is a range of skincare solutions that can mitigate free radical damage so that your skin is protected from enviro-ageing.
Collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid are key components that form the basis of youthful, thriving skin. Collagen production can be increased by fibroblasts through active ingredients such as niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Vitamin A, Vitamin C, marjoram extract, and targeted peptides. Elastin is best preserved by avoiding solar damage, whilst hyaluronic acid can be boosted through saccharide isomerate.
Whilst ageing can never be entirely reversed, longevity can be preserved by maintaining a balance in lifestyle, nutrition, and of course - good skincare.
Acne occurs when excess sebum (skin oil) is released in conjunction with an overproduction of skin cells, which causes the pores to be congested with oil, dead cells, and debris. This condition is categorised into four progressive grades. Grade one is non-inflammatory, where only whiteheads and blackheads are present. Grade two demonstrates additional inflammation, papules, and pustules. If grade two advances to grades three and four, your skin will be at risk of infection and deep scarring and will require professional treatment.
Although acne requires patience to manage, combining a good skincare routine with balanced nutrition will work to control breakouts and boost your skin confidence.