skin ageing

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How To Treat Ageing Skin

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How To Treat Ageing Skin

skin ageing

5 mins read

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As skin ages, it experiences a slowing of the natural processes which help maintain youthful qualities such as firmness, tautness, and radiance.

Visible signs of skin ageing (fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture, enlarged pores, etc.) appear because of our skin’s natural defense mechanisms, as well as slower cell renewal, turnover, activity, and recovery.

Here’s a breakdown of what happens to your skin while you’re busy living.

Fine lines and wrinkles, rough skin, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, large pores, dullness, age spots, and rough skin texture are all considered signs of skin ageing.

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  • Reverse the appearance of wrinkles
  • Retexturise skin
  • Minimise the appearance of pores
  • Even skin tone

The Signs Of Skin ageing


As early as our 20s, certain lifestyle habits, environmental effects, and constant UV exposure begin compromising skin’s structural integrity. Our cell defenses start to weaken in the face of free radicals, and our natural ability to fight off skin damage declines. Cell renewal and turnover rates begin to naturally start to slowdown, which can diminish skin brightness.


In our 30s, collagen (which keeps skin firm) and elastin (which keeps skin bouncing back) begin to degrade, resulting in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Cell renewal and turnover continue to decline, leading to uneven skin tone and a dull complexion. Some cells can even become inactive or turn into “zombies,” giving rise to damaging inflammatory toxins that accelerate the appearance of skin ageing.


By our 40s, skin appears thinner and our naturally-protective barrier lipids are not as pronounced. Dehydration can be an issue. Depending on hormonal activity, a range of skin conditions may occur, including uneven skin tone or adult acne. More prominent signs of skin ageing can also appear, such as large pores and hyperpigmentation.


After our 50s, our barrier lipid layer lessens, leading to less efficient moisture retention and more potential for sensitivity and dehydration. Chronic stress and inflammation both inside and outside of the body delays skin recovery, leading to lasting marks and longer healing times. By now, skin can show prominent fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, rough skin, uneven skin tone, and large pores.


Exposome impact

With up to 50% of what we see as visible signs of skin ageing coming from our ‘exposome’, it makes sense to include strategies alongside skin care to minimise this lifestyle and environmental impact.


Key causes of premature skin ageing

 sunshine outline icon UV exposure is the top cause of skin ageing. UV ray’s breakdown essential skin proteins such as collagen leading to lines, wrinkles and worse case, skin cancer. UV exposure also causes skin discolouration, seen as dark spots or ‘sun’ spots. Pro tip! Wear a high SPF daily.
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Stress triggers inflammatory processes in the body and skin and can dramatically reduce the skin’s ability to heal. Even low-level inflammation over a period of time impacts the skins regeneration processes, resulting in reduced collagen and lipid production. Pro tip! Incorporate regular practices to manage stress levels such as meditation or exercise.

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Smoking can dramatically age the skin due to the intensive hit of free radical damage. Smoking also starves the skin of Vitamin C which is essential for collagen synthesis. 

clock outline icon Lack of sleep can cause premature ageing of the skin and body due to inhibiting the cellular repair that happens whilst we sleep. Pro tip! Prioritise sleep and keep to a regular time for going to bed and waking. Try a sleep meditation or binaural beats track if you struggle to switch off.
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Pollution particles are microscopic and can penetrate skin via our pores. This triggers the skins inflammatory processes, resulting in ‘inflammageing’. Pro tip! Include antioxidants in your regimen to minimise the oxidative stress associated with this free radical attack.

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Poor diet high in sugar and lacking in vitamins and nutrients impacts skin health. Sugar in the body reacts with proteins in the skin like collagen via glycation. This causes collagen breakdown and leads to lines and wrinkles. Pro tip! Reduce sugar intake and fuel your body and skin with fresh, non-processed foods.

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Hormones impact skin in many ways and for women, a drop in oestrogen through the menopausal years dramatically decreases collagen production leading to wrinkles and dryness. Pro tip! Get educated and seek help with menopausal symptoms and supplement your skin care with skin regenerating Peptides and Retinol.


Top product picks for preserving your skin’s youth in your 20-30’s

Daily Glycolic Cleanser

To brighten skin and restore glow, include a daily use cleanser with Glycolic Acid to rinse away skin dulling debris and keep skin renewal at optimum. BioLumin-C Serum Add a Vitamin C serum into your regimen to brighten, firm and defend. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and skin brightener, offering increased defence from skin ageing environmental factors such as pollution.

Prisma Protect SPF30

With exposure to UV rays at the top of the list for skin damage, apply a broad spectrum SPF30 to defend against both UVA and UVB rays. Added antioxidants and skin hydrators will keep skin protected and luminous.


Top product picks for restoring the nature of younger looking skin in your 40’s+

Dynamic Skin Retinol Serum

Retinol is the skin care gold standard ingredient to help reverse signs of skin ageing. To avoid irritation commonly associated with Retinol, introduce twice a week for 2 weeks, building to alternate nights for another 2 weeks, then use nightly.

Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50

Defending the skin year-round from damaging UV rays is critical for minimising skin ageing. Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 ensures a high level of defence, complete with skin regenerating peptides in a highly moisturising formula.


The Secret To Healthy-Looking Skin At Every Age

To cultivate healthy-looking skin, it’s imperative to evolve your skin care routine according to your lifestyle and environment. Adjustments are often necessary to account for a change in climate, health status, or new skin care goals. Talk to a Dermalogica skin therapist whenever you’re experiencing changes in your skin for tips on how to proceed.

For a personalised skin care regimen and expert advice chat live to one of our qualified Skin Therapists here or book for a complimentary virtual 1-2-1 skin analysis with Face Mapping here.

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