Premature skin ageing caused by damage to collagen occurs from inadequate protection from UV rays. See section on sun protection on how to prevent this damage.
Adrenalin is released when we are stressed, this restricts blood flow to the skin, slowing cell turnover and resulting in a dull complexion. Antioxidant rich foods such as berries and tomatoes will reduce this problem. It is also essential to take out time to relax
When we have an excess of oestrogen (Post Menstrual Syndrome) we get excess oil production. When we have depleted oestrogen (menopause) we get a decrease in oil production. We can prevent this by regular exercise which will increase the blood flow to the skin.
As the largest organ in the body, your skin is directly affected by your diet. Poor diet will lead to acid by products that deposit in the tissues of the body, including the skin. An acidic environment promotes more inflammation. See section on skinutrition for further information.
- Lack of sleep
While we are sleeping the body and skin has time to repair and rejuvenate.
Nicotine narrows the blood vessels and prevents blood from circulating to the upper layer of the skin. This destroys collagen and so smokers’ skin has more lines and wrinkles.
This dehydrates the skin, leaving it dry and irritated. Excess alcohol can cause swollen blood vessels, resulting in tiny red veins to appear on the skin’s surface and make the face lok flushed.
- Pollution and environment
Dirt from this source can coat the skin’s surface, this in turn blocks pores.