Sun Damaged Skin
The science of how our skin ages:
Skin ageing is a complex biological process which results from both intrinsic (genetic) and extrinsic factors (environmental factors such as ultra violet damage, pollution, weather, smoking and diet).
Research today has afforded us a better understanding of skin’s physiology and functions as well as the processes of ageing. Treatments can therefore be targeted to sequences in these processes to halt or reverse the effects of ageing.
The majority of ‘ageing skin’ is a direct result of sun damage through the years. 50% of the damage to our skin occurs by the age of 18!
Cells which produce factors like Hyaluronic Acid (our skin’s natural sponge) and Collagen (the building blocks to our skin, keeping it firm and tight) start to switch off and become lazy after the age of 25. Cells aren’t produce as quickly or efficiently as they were before.
This slower turnover means slower repair, thinning of the epidermis, build up of dead cells and less blood supply to the skin layers. Skin therefore becomes fragile. The mottled, uneven skin tone seen in elderly skin is a result of decreased melanocytes (cells producing pigment) as well as not working correctly any more. Our sebaceous glands which normally produce oil, stop working efficiently causing skin to become drier. Skin is held less firmly in place over the years due to loss of underlying fatty tissue, clinically resulting in wrinkles and sagging.
Chronic ultra-violet light exposure is the major environmental factor responsible for extrinsic ageing. UVB wavelength only reaches the epidermis, whereas longer UVA rays travel deeper, producing free radicals (particles that damage our cells and DNA) which leads to photo-ageing.
Treating Aging, Sun Damaged Skin:
ZO Skin Health System
ANTI AGEING PROTOCOL:
Get Skin Ready. Cleanse, exfoliate, tone
Correct. Depending on the degree of damage, your doctor will advise what is most appropriate for you.
Two key ingredients to most Anti- Ageing Protocols are
Vitamin C and Vitamin A (Retinol).
SPF factor 30 at the very least.
The ZO Skin health SPFs incorporate an advanced technology to last 10-12 hours as well as repair your DNA (blue print of life)!
Price of the Anti- Aging programs starts at £500. Products last 3-4 months. Complementary ZO stimulator peel included in the price.
Vitamin C boosts your skin’s collagen production to give you firmer, more plump skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C help mop up free radicals and damage caused by UV radiation. It will also help to address pigmentation.
One of the most researched molecules in the skin world. Vitamin A (Retinol) is our hero product (and Dr Nestor’s favourite!). Vitamin A has been shown to:
- Increase cell turnover
- Decrease oil production
- Address pigmentation
- Stimulate production of Hyaluronic Acid
- Stimulate production of Collagen
- Help exfoliate dead skin cells on the surface.