What makes your skin age faster? It’s not what you think.
Story highlights – A chronically unhealthy exposure (environment and lifestyle) can add years of premature aging to your skin. Proper skin care helps give back what your exposome takes away.
It happens to us all: we see our faces in the mirror and realise that we’ve aged. Our formerly fine lines have begun to etch deeper grooves, our skin tone has become uneven and our once-taut jaw lines have become slack. When did that happen? Apart from the genes we are born with, the answer may lie in our exposure.
What is an exposome?
Your exposome is your environment and lifestyle and it greatly influences how your skin looks over time. Up to 50% of visible signs of skin aging come from your exposome, not just your genes. Factors that make up your exposome include your behaviour, climate, UV exposure, pollution, sleep quality, diet, stress etc. These factors can be healthy or unhealthy.
For many people, a chronically unhealthy exposome leads to premature signs of skin aging such as wrinkles, loss of elasticity and uneven skin tone. On average, smoking can make skin look 2 years older while excess sun and poor sleep quality can make skin look 6.5 and 2.5 years older, respectively.
Good genes only go so far.
If you were born with ‘good genes’, congratulations! But remember, just because you inherited a predisposition toward fewer wrinkles doesn’t mean you’re safe from an unhealthy exposome. We know this in part, from studying twins with different exposomes. Those who had more exposure to cigarette smoke, sun and/or chronic stress, showed more wrinkles, deep creases, uneven skin tone and age spots, than the twins who had less exposure. These premature signs of skin aging still added beyond 10 years to their perceived age (how old they looked).
How to look younger at any age.
While research on the underlying interactions between our genes and our exposome is still ongoing, there are steps you can take to reawaken and preserve the nature of younger-looking skin. Here are our suggestions:
- Harness the innate power of skin.
Perhaps our most notable and abundant form of defence against free radicals is an antioxidant peptide, found naturally in the body called Glutathione – often regarded as a hallmark of cellular health. You can find a skin-firming, biomimetic (synthetic) form of this, peptide in Phyto-Nature Firming Serum, which has been clinically proven to give your skin 5 years back by reducing the appearance of premature wrinkles.
- Seek out new forms of ancient botanical wisdom.
With science on our side, we’re able to combine new technologies with potent plant extracts, that have been used for centuries to promote youth and longevity. Such advances have allowed ingredients like Amazonian Camu Camu (aka ‘the youth berry’), Moroccan Rockrose Extract and Madagascar Green Coffee Bean to help revitalise skin and decrease the appearance of premature skin aging.
- Wear a Broad Spectrum SPF of 30 or higher.
UV radiation from sun exposure is a top cause of premature skin aging. UVA rays penetrate skin more deeply and accelerate photoaging while UVB rays, penetrate clouds and burn skin. Both play a role in cancer formation. Wearing Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen or SPF30 or above daily – not just during the Summer- can help prevent future skin damage.
- Stop tanning and smoking.
Tanning beds reportedly emit 12 times more UVA light than sunlight. Cigarette smoke assaults skin with free radicals, leaving rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles behind. These are two common behaviours that – if stopped – can help restore skin’s healthy glow.
Need more advice?
Living a healthy lifestyle can right many wrongs in your exposome but if unhealthy factors such as UV exposure, pollution and chronic stress are unavoidable realities for you, see a professional skin therapist for help. Your skin therapist can recommend a personalised daily skin care routine that will help combat your exposome and reduce premature signs of skin aging.
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The dual-phase serum combines highly-active botanicals with biomimetic technology to reawaken and safeguard the nature of younger looking skin. Based on the research into epigeneticswhich suggests that 50% of visible signs of skin ageing come from your exposome, not just your genes, this product helps the nature of your own skin to protect against these external factors as well as providing an instant result.
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