Fighting the signs of aging and have sensitive skin? Some of the more powerful ingredients in anti-aging products available on the market can be aggressive and trigger breakouts or irritation on sensitive skin. Remember to always change your routine gradually, giving your skin time to adapt and embrace more gentle formulas available ingredients that won’t upset your skin’s fragile balance.
3 interesting aging facts for sensitive skin
1. Wrinkles are more than skin deep!
Wrinkles form on the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and the dermis (the second layer) where collagen gives skin its elasticity.
2. Exfoliating is good for you
Getting rid of dead skin cells by gently exfoliating can help generate new, fresh skin cells and thus slow down the signs of aging.
3. Hydration is key
To keep skin hydrated, go further than just drinking water, eat hydrating foods including watermelon, cucumber and celery.
Sensitive skin & the sun
Overexposure to the sun is not only the main cause of skin cancer, but is also linked to premature aging. Using a high protection sunscreen daily protects your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, can help prevent premature wrinkles, lines and marks.
3 things to know about aging and the sun…
1. UVA and UVB
Choose sunscreen with high UVA and UVB protection. UVA rays are linked to ‘Aging’ and are damaging to the skin and can even reach you through glass windows!
2. Blame it on the sunshine
UV exposure is blamed for 80% of visible facial aging signs.
3. Go high
Opt for the highest SPF possible. Ideally a minimum of SPF 30 for everyday wear, and SPF 50 for direct sun exposure.
Sensitive skin and your lifestyle
Although some might argue beauty is only skin deep, nurturing your skin from the inside also helps slow down the signs of aging. Protect your sensitive skin by adopting a healthy lifestyle including enough sleep, regular exercise and a balanced diet.
3 Things to add to your diet to stop your sensitive skin from aging
Increase your levels of vitamin A and vitamin C (the body’s natural antihistamine!). It’s also good on the outside! Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A is found in La Roche-Posay Redermic anti aging treatments. It works on the surface of the skin and the epidermis to visibly reduce wrinkles, stimulating collagen and fight free radical damage.
Antioxidants fight the free radicals in your body that harm your healthy cells. Found in goji berries, blueberries and cranberries, as well as dark chocolate! They are great allies in the fight against ageing.
3. Omega 3 and fatty acids
Just the thing for restoring the skin’s suppleness, you’ll find omega 3 and good fatty acids in olive oil and fish like salmon, or in supplements.
*Source: IPSOS 2007 - Europe 5 -Total women questioned: 17 257