The environment we live in is a crucial factor in maintaining the health of our skin. Factors such as pollution and UV rays, assault the skin throughout the year and can cause reactions in the skin that inhibit the way it builds and repairs itself.
One of the major causes of visible signs of ageing is Extrinsic Ageing. It is the result of environmental factors such as sun exposure, pollution and smoking.
Extrinsic Ageing causes thickening of the cornified layer, freckles and skin pigmentation. It can also be responsible for an excessive loss of collagen, elastin, and glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s). These processes give the skin the appearance of roughness, uneven tone, brown patches, thin skin and deep wrinkles.
The good news is that Extrinsic Ageing can be controlled to an extent.
To minimise the effects of lifestyle and environmentally induced damage to skin cells, it is vital to nourish skin with the best nutrients the planet has to offer. Most importantly, it is crucial to ensure you are getting the best anti-oxidants for your skin.
Environmental damage, which can result from the sun, pollution, toxins, tobacco and stress, to name a few sources, results in free radicals. Free radicals are those “free” or “unpaired” electrons that are flying around—they fly around and cause damage to your cells’ structure and genetic material (DNA). Antioxidants work by “scavenging” those loose electrons so that they cannot cause damage. They are extraordinary healers, which can be found in vitamins, and minerals contained in foods as well as in skin care products.
The best anti-oxidants for your skin not only help repair existing damage but they also reduce inflammation. Inflamed skin prevents the regular skin repairing process, it can eventually lead to skin pigmentation and acne. Long-term inflammation can cause cell damage, which results in wrinkles.