Beauty from within
Your skin: More than meets the eye
You might not realise it but your skin says a lot about who you are. It reflects the life you’ve led, your overall health and even the skincare routines you practise. As your body’s largest organ, it’s also one of the most important to look after.
The outermost layer – the epidermis - acts as a protective barrier from the external environment, guarding against infection, dehydration and the sun’s ageing UV light.
The deep layer – the dermis – makes up around 90% of skin thickness. This is where you find collagen, elastin proteins and moisture-retaining polysaccharides. These are the essential building blocks that give skin its strength, suppleness and hydration. It is here that the first signs of ageing begin, long before they are visible on the surface.
How skin ages
The skin’s appearance changes with age as the natural regenerative system starts to slow down.
Dryness, loss of radiance, fine lines and wrinkles are all visible symptoms of damage happening to the dermal support structure. Dermatologists believe that up to 90% of skin ageing is caused by external factors. Pollution, stress, smoking, alcohol and UV light are all skin aggressors which produce harmful free radicals that attack the skin in a process known as oxidation. Over time the dermal support structure starts to break down and skin loses density and becomes thinner, showing visible signs of ageing.