Ageing Skin

The ageing of skin is a multi-faceted process which is impacted by dietary choices, lifestyle, the way we handle stress and our

genetics. The cells of our bodies are programmed to have a finite lifespan, as each time a cell divides, some of our genetic

material is lost. On average a cell division of around forty usually is the maximum and after this the cell is considered to be

aged. Of course external factors play a role in this process by contributing to the damage of genetic material. A diet which

enhances free radical production can halt the regenerative process and reduce the uptake of nutrients by the cells themselves

results in an inability of the cells to regenerate from lack of energy. With a little care, you can defy early signs of aging. Experts

share their clock-stopping secrets to staying beautiful in your 30s, 40s, and even 50s

When people first see the signs of ageing — fine lines, smile lines, brown marks, crow’s feet — is when they become

more aware about anti-ageing care. The good news is it’s never too late to address what you see.

Her best anti-ageing tips:

#1: Focus on what you put in your body as much as what you put on your skin.

More and more women are now becoming aware of the impact our daily dietary and lifestyle habits have on the health

of our skin and general symptoms of ageing. Addressing any ageing skin concern with a two part approach will

always have the most impact and faster results, as younger looking skin starts with the nutrients which reach the cells

from inside the body. In fact diet directly affects how you visible age, which is also why the nutricosmetics industry is

growing so rapidly. From collagen supplements to super antioxidant capsules, health and beauty conscious women

are looking for ways to support their ageing concerns

alongside their skincare regimes.

How to do this:

Take a vitamin D supplement at least 1,000 IUs per day if living in the UK

Eat plenty of omega-3 and

omega-6 fatty acids

. Ideally, they should come in the form of natural sources, including

chia seeds, linseeds, avocado, olive oil, and fish such as wild caught salmon. Fish-oil supplements or vegan forms such

as chia seed oil are supplemental sources of these essential fatty acids which help protect the moisture barrier and

cellular structure. This is the protective upper layer of skin which keeps moisture in but tends to thin as you age, causing

dry skin.

Drink water — in all its forms — all day long, but ideally bottle water rather than tap. A liter a day is a good minimum

start, however the more active you are the more you need. Count herbal teas also in your daily total, but go easy on the

alcohol. Red wine does contain beneficial antioxidants such as resveratrol, but it also dilates the blood vessels,

contributing to the inflammatory ruddy-faced skin called rosacea that tends to strike women in midlife.

Cut way back on processed foods and sugars (another reason to watch the alcohol intake), especially baked pastries

as these develop a compound called AGE during the baking process. They promote inflammation,

a biochemical process that damages the optimum production and function of dermal cells and our skin immune cells.

Skin anti-ager #2: Spend time — on a smart morning-night routine.

Skin care doesn’t have to be complicated, although it does require the right basics. By day, that mostly means adding UV and

environmental protection. Night care is equally important. Our skin is an amazing organ in how it is exposed to so many toxins

all day and still regenerate it’s cells, but as we get older we need to support with that.

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