You know how it goes. Some days you just look in the mirror and you spot a fine line or two...or three. Or your skin looks uneven and rough. When did that happen?
Well, the good news is, relax – we all have off days. But the reality is you’re probably starting to notice a few little signs of ageing. As a society, we’re obsessed with the endless pursuit of youth, but the reality is that age does start to show on our skin and there’s not a whole lot we can do about it.
Or is there?
There are two different types of ageing. Chronological ageing is due to the passing of time. Our skin becomes looser and thinner because collagen and elastin fibres begin to break down. This typically happens around menopause as our natural levels of oestrogen start to drop. Oestrogen is a very skin friendly hormone and as we begin to produce less we notice our skin getting thinner and looser.
The reality is that chronological ageing is unavoidable. But chronologically aged skin can still be beautiful with a clear complexion and even texture. Have you seen Helen Mirren? She looks amazing.
But the second type of skin ageing – photo-ageing - can be remedied. It’s caused by repeated, unprotected exposure to sunlight (or UV rays if you want to get technical - and specifically UVA if you want to get really technical). But the real point is that studies have shown photoageing to be responsible for up to 90% of the signs of premature ageing. It can give skin a thicker, coarser appearance with sun spots, superficial red veins and pigmentation.
And of course, there are also serious health implications for sun damaged skin. Actinic keratoses or solar keratoses are pre-cancerous changes caused by sun damage. If left untreated, there is a possibility that they can develop into squamous cell carcinoma. Actinic Keratoses are very common in fair skinned New Zealanders and can be treated, so see your GP to discuss treatment options.
So what can you do about those small signs of sun damage? The uneven texture, the sun spots, the fine lines and redness? Well, it can actually be repaired. Try one of our treatment products such as Solar Serum which has been formulated specifically to help with this. Used twice daily it can help to restore and repair sun damaged skin. The key ingredient, Lycocelle® repairs collagen fibres and enhances the skin’s natural immunity to UV light.
At the same time you need to make sure you're not getting any further damage, so use a broad spectrum sun protection every single day. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that the skin can repair itself to a degree so protecting your skin gives it a good chance, and it also prevents further damage.
If you're concerned about premature ageing caused by sun exposure discover the 3-Step Healthy Skin Anti-Ageing Programme™, formulated specifically for the harsh UV conditions of Australia and New Zealand.
If you have signs of sun damage and would like to discuss the best skin care options to support optimal skin health then why not book in for a free online consultation with our dermatology nurse, Susan.