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How your skin ages!

Ageing is a process we cannot stop from happening, however, it is something that we can control and make it work for us instead, especially when the skin is involved. To understand the ageing process of skin, you need to know what skin is essentially made up of.

 

 

 

The skin is the largest organ in the body, comprising approximately 15% of the body weight. The total skin surface of an adult ranges from 12 to 20 sq. ft. In terms of chemical composition, the skin is about 70% water, 25% protein and 2% lipids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From age 30, supporting tissues in the skin start to weaken and this can cause fine lines and wrinkles to appear. Skin will also begin to lose its firmness. Other external aggressions (UV rays, pollution etc) accelerate this biological phenomenon. A regular whitening essence may not be sufficient enough to deal with the problem.

  Human Skin
Human Skin

The skin consists of three main layers: epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue.

The very top layer is called the stratum corneum, which is the top part of the epidermis. The stratum corneum is what people tend to call the 'dead layer of skin.' Within the epidermis is melanin. Melanin is what gives each one of us our skin pigmentation; this pigmentation helps to protect us from the sun's rays.

Underneath the epidermis is a much larger layer called the dermis. It is within the dermis that blood vessels, sweat glands and collagen fibres reside. These layers make up what we refer to as the skin. The dermis is the layer responsible for the skin's structural integrity, elasticity and resilience. Wrinkles arise and develop in the dermis. Therefore, an anti-wrinkle treatment has a chance to succeed only if it can reach as deep as the dermis.

Underneath the dermis is what is referred to as subcutaneous tissue (otherwise known as fat). This fat is healthy and gives the skin an even shape especially on our faces. The loss of subcutaneous tissue, often occurring with age, leads to facial sag and accentuates wrinkles. A common procedure performed by dermatologists to counteract this process is to inject fat under the wrinkles on the face.

When skin is exposed to the harmful effects of ageing:

  • UV rays cause age spots to form on the surface of the skin
  • Contraction of facial muscles creates deep wrinkles, expression and fine lines
  • Collagen and elastin fibres weaken causing skin to lose its firmness and elasticity
  • Loss of moisture due to damaged skin barrier
   

What causes brown spots…

 

Melanin synthesis is a natural process that gives skin its colour and protection. With age, cellular turnover slows down and other factors such as sun exposure, hormonal disturbances and natural ageing can cause brown spots.

There are a number of ways in which you can treat the signs of premature ageing. UT Labs Ultra-Dermabrasion facial was developed to target skin ageing in its deepest layer, thanks to its innovative technology in aesthetics medicine.

Taking care of your skin early on can help your skin stay healthy well into your golden years. Your home routine will also play a crucial role. So, don’t let age overcome you, be in control of it instead and enjoy youthful skin. It’s an investment that only takes minutes a day!

 

 
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