Skin aging differs from person to person and depends on a variety of factors including genetics, lifestyle, diet, and exposure to environmental aggressors.
As we get older, our bodies naturally start to age. This process is known as intrinsic aging which means a continual process by which our biological and cellular functions slow down. With time, the skin’s matrix begins to weaken and collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, naturally deplete.
The so-called extrinsic aging is caused by exposure to environmental factors like pollution, blue light, or UV radiation, but also includes lifestyle choices like smoking, poor diet, excessive consumption of alcohol, or lack of exercise.
Intrinsic aging accounts for only 10% of skin changes.
90% is caused by external factors that accelerate the aging process.
This means that our lifestyle choices have a big impact on how we age. Avoiding sun exposure, using broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, avoiding cigarette smoke, reducing stress, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will all help in combating skin aging.
Our approach to antiaging skincare focuses on preventing the formation of wrinkles by replenishing and maintaining the three primary structural components of the skin: collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. They are what keeps the skin plump, firm, and elastic. They give skin the density and bounce characteristic for a young complexion. They degrade with age and as a result, skin loses moisture, structural support, and elasticity.
So how can we slow down the aging process and maintain healthy, youthful skin for longer? We can do it by:
- Protecting and maintaining an adequate water content and barrier function of the skin.
- Using mild cleansers that will not compromise the skin barrier.
- Delivering moisturisers: humectants e.g. hyaluronic acid, lactic acid or glycerine, and occlusive oils which will add moisture back to the skin.
- Using active ingredients like topical retinoids, copper peptides, and vitamin C to support collagen synthesis.
- Preventing skin inflammation by reducing damage to the skin caused by free radicals triggered by pollution or UV radiation. This can be achieved by incorporating products rich in antioxidants. The antioxidants to look for in your skincare products are vitamin C and E, coenzyme Q10, and ferulic acid.
- Using broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
What is the recommended moisturising strategy?
- Increase the water-holding capacity of the skin by external application of humectants (hydrating substances used in cosmetics to reduce the loss of moisture). There are 125 substances listed as humectants, with the most common ones: glycerine, lactic acid, panthenol, propylene glycol, hyaluronic acid, and urea.
- Hold water in the skin by external application of occlusive agents like water-insoluble lipids e.g. plant oils.
For your PM skincare routine, we recommend our Dream Couple, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid night treatment. The set of the two serums offers a synergy by combining one humectant based serum – containing a high concentration of pure hyaluronic acid with a serum formulated with lipids, rich in plant oils, botanical extracts, vitamin C and E to condition the skin, improve uneven texture, smoothen rough-textured skin, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
For AM routine, we recommend the combination of Wonder Serum, rich in antioxidants like natural vitamin C & E, coenzyme Q10, to prevent skin inflammation and protect you from free radicals https://elanskincare.co.uk/collections/shop-natural-beauty/products/wonder-serum and Dream Hyaluronic Acid Serum https://elanskincare.co.uk/collections/shop-natural-beauty/products/pure-hyaluronic-acid-serum supporting water-holding capacity of the skin. Followed by broad-spectrum sunscreen of your choice.
For face cleansing, we offer emollient-rich cleanser, mild to the skin, and highly moisturising. It will remove dirt, makeup, and bacteria while simultaneously improving skin feel and barrier function. Please subscribe to our newsletter, to be the first to know when it's available.