HOW DOES AGEING HAPPEN?
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While you might love to feel the sun on your face, one of the major causes of skin ageing is ￼exposure to UV rays. The damaging rays release their energy into the skin, producing harmful “free radicals” and altering the skin’s cells and fibres through oxidation. With age, the collagen fibres undergo glycation (action of sugars on proteins), making them rigid.
Oxidative stress weakens the cells
Our environment and lifestyle plays an important part in the ageing process. Pollution, alcohol and smoking are all contributing factors, generating ageing free radicals in the skin. Stress also plays a part. Proteins (collagen, elastane), cellular membrane lipids and DNA can be damaged causing disorders that can range from premature ageing to cancer. The good news is there are ways to protect ourselves against external damage.