Skin ageing can be attributed to many factors, such as diet, lifestyle habits, our choice of skin care products and even genetics. These factors determine a small percentage of our skin’s behaviour, and while you can’t control these intrinsic factors, such as your DNA, there are plenty of changes to your skincare regimen that you can implement to make sure you’re targeting the extrinsic ageing factors.
What is extrinsic and intrinsic ageing?
Before you consider different skincare products, it is important to know how various factors can compromise the complex structure of healthy skin. While intrinsic factors occur naturally, the majority of damage we sustain throughout our lives is due to extrinsic factors.
Extrinsic, or environmental skin ageing occurs due to external factors, a number of which we can take steps to avoid. Perhaps the leading extrinsic ageing factor is UV exposure, believed to be responsible for up to 80 per cent of all signs of visible ageing.
Other factors can include sleep deprivation, smoking, stress and poor diet, as well as air pollution. You can reduce the effects of extrinsic or premature ageing by using products that protect and repair your skin.
Using active ingredients for better-looking skin
Vitamin A can be a potent anti-ageing ingredient, commonly found in the form of Retinol, such as in our Ultra A range. These products contain concentrated amounts of Retinol to prompt your skin’s production of Hyaluronic Acid in combination with Collagen and Elastin to help keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.
Another barrier against extrinsic ageing factors is Vitamin C. You can get plenty from certain foods, but as it is a water-soluble vitamin, you’ll need to supplement it using other sources. Because it’s an antioxidant, it can also help to fight against damaging free radicals.
By using skincare products with high concentrations of Vitamin C you’re supplying your skin with nutrients that help with skin cell regeneration, thereby reducing the signs of photoageing and hyperpigmentation.
Ultraceuticals packs high levels of Vitamin C into the Ultra C Firming Range.