What causes ageing skin?

What causes ageing skin?

We’re never going to have the skin we had at 20 once we hit 40. Like the rest of our body, our skin is subject to change as we age. 

But how it ages depends on a number of things: The genes you inherit, how much of a sun worshipper you are, whether you smoke, what you eat. 

Here we’re going to look at how the sun, smoking and your diet cause your skin to age. 

Sun damage to skin

Whilst being out in the fresh air is of course healthy, exposure to strong sunlight will cause wrinkles and skin ageing over time. 

What happens is the ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun damages the elastin fibres in our skin, causing it to sag and stretch. 

You only have to look at the parts of the body (like your buttocks) that rarely if ever see the sun and compare the skin there with that of your face, hands and chest to see the reality of sun damage. 

Repairing skin

The good news is that you can do something about repairing the damaged elastin fibres by regular use of the DermaDeep RF Pro, which stimulates elastin production below the outer layer of your skin. 

But as ever, prevention is better than cure so do your best to prevent further skin sun damage by using a high factor sunscreen (particularly on your face and neck) and avoiding sunbathing between 11am and 3pm when the rays are strongest.

Smoking damages skin

By giving up cigarettes you'll improve your all-round health, as well as the look of your skin. Apart from the internal damage you’ll be causing your body, smoking causes premature wrinkles by damaging skin cells. It also destroys Vitamin C (read about the effect of doing this below). 

Poor diet

In recent years research has shown that eating ‘good’ fats benefits our skin whilst following a low-fat, low-protein diet can accelerate wrinkles and sagging skin. 

Our body also needs an adequate supply of vitamins. Vitamin C is needed by our skin to produce and maintain collagen levels, which give our skin structure and firmness. Whilst collagen production can be stimulated by the DermaDeep RF Pro, you can help matters along by making sure you get enough vitamin C every day. 

You also need to make sure you drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin.

The Journal of the American College of Nutrition published a study which found that those who consumed more fish, olive oil and legumes were less prone to wrinkles than those who ate more meat, butter, high fat dairy and sugar.

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