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Ageing skin doesn't need to be a problem

Slow down the clock with our guide to dealing with ageing skin problems.

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Key steps

Slow the characteristics of mature skin with these tips:

  1. Drink plenty of water and keep a healthy diet
  2. Get enough exercise
  3. Use moisturisers and serums
  4. Avoid unhealthy habits, like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption

Everyone’s skin changes as they grow older - that’s just a fact of life! Luckily, there are a few ways we can minimise the effects and keep our youthful, plump skin for longer. We’re not promising to freeze the clock on your face or erase all your wrinkles, but these little tips and tricks can go a long way to keeping us happy in the skin we’re in.

First, we need to understand a little more about the characteristics of mature skin and how it ages.

If you’re looking for a cheap solution to ageing skin problems, try using Vaseline around your eye area to stop fine lines and wrinkles.

What causes ageing skin problems?

Ever wondered why does skin change with age? It’s actually quite straightforward. The two main causes of ageing skin that contribute to elderly skin problems are:

  • Exposure to the sun – high exposure or lack of protection can lead to damage
  • Natural ageing – the breakdown or loss of proteins needed for healthy skin

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What are common elderly skin problems?

Ageing affects our skin in a number of ways with common problems including:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Sagging and dropping skin
  • Thinning lips
  • Thinning skin
  • Varicose veins
  • Liver spots
  • Under eye circles and bags

You start to see these appear as you age because UV damage and natural ageing will take their toll on two different layers of your skin: the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the outer barrier which protects your skin from bacteria and UV rays while the dermis is a deeper layer that’s rich in proteins such as collagen and helps to give our skin its elasticity. As we age, our body is unable to repair the damage to these layers as effectively as it did in the past and this leads to the formation of the characteristics of ageing skin listed above. It is also what causes skin to thin as we age.

Can you slow the effects of ageing skin?

Yes! While you won’t be able to reverse the clock completely, you can slow the ticking with these tips:

Adjust your diet. Make sure you’re getting all the vitamins, minerals, and fats you need to stay healthy.

  • Hydrate. Drinking plenty of water also contributes to skin health.
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Too much of these may increase the rate at which your skin seems to age.
  • Wear protection. Always apply suncream and cover skin during the hottest parts of the day. You should even apply a face cream with SPF to your face in winter.
  • Moisturise. Staying hydrated doesn’t just mean drinking more water – you can also feed your skin with moisturiser. Just avoid anything with strong chemicals that may dry out your skin.
  • Change your detergent. If you notice drying or irritated skin as you age, then it may be time to change your detergent. As we age, our skin can become more sensitive so you may find a non-biological detergent and gentle fabric conditioner like Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure work better. Read our tips on finding the right detergent for sensitive skin for more guidance with this decision.

Once you’ve started to feed your skin everything it needs to stay healthy, both inside and out, you should have no trouble keeping it healthy, bright, and glowing.

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