The science behind your skin at 50: the truth about ageing

The science behind your skin at 50: the truth about ageing

Youthful, beautiful skin is within your grasp – but first you need to understand what your skin needs and why.

Youthful, beautiful skin is within your grasp – but first you need to understand what your skin needs and why.

With seemingly endless anti-ageing remedies to choose from, and an abundance of contradictory lifestyle advice, it can be difficult to know what to do for the best when it comes to maintaining your skin.

But understanding the changing needs of your complexion will help keep your skin in prime condition and ensure it carries on looking as young as you feel. So, what are the key ageing triggers and what can be done about them?

Do some people age better than others?

We all know someone who looks great for their age, but what’s their secret? Are they using a magical night cream, drinking more water or were they just blessed with better genes?

As we age, our skin will inevitably get fine lines – but at what age and to what degree is different for everyone. In 2015, skincare specialists at Olay presented a groundbreaking study of women of every ethnicity, and every decade, from their 20s to 70s.

They found that 10% of women shared a unique gene fingerprint that enabled their skin to behave like that of someone younger and hold back the ageing process. For the rest of womankind, though, having ageless skin was actually within their control.

Olay researchers discovered that having exceptional, youthful skin wasn’t down to luck: while genetics play some role, everyday lifestyle choices such as sun exposure or having a positive attitude have a direct effect on the skin’s appearance.

Why does skin wrinkle and lose firmness?

Collagen and elastin are proteins that underpin the structure of our skin, keeping it strong, firm and flexible. When this support network breaks down, skin becomes weak and that’s when you get sagging and wrinkles. Unfortunately, these proteins’ functionality naturally decreases over time.

But our lifestyle also plays an enormous role in speeding up the depletion of these natural defences. Smoking, eating too much sugar, not getting enough sleep and stress have all been shown to disrupt collagen production.

Living a healthier, more positive life will help keep your skin looking ageless, but as the chances of being entirely stress-free are slim, it’s important to bolster your skin’s repairing mechanisms with targeted ingredients in your skincare.

Lys’Lastine and Olivem are great anti-agers as they increase elasticity and firmness, and work as a protective shield against external environment factors. Try using a moisturiser such as Olay Regenerist 3 Point Treatment Cream, which is boosted by these active ingredients. However, it’s also important that we adapt our skincare routine to the season.

The long-term effects of sun damage

Women who almost always use sunscreen are 78% more likely to be an exceptional skin ager, compared to women who almost never do. Ultraviolet radiation, known as UV rays, can penetrate deep within the skin and damage or even kill cells.

Not only will this reduce the skin’s elasticity and cause it to age prematurely by directly destroying collagen, it can also cause genetic mutations that can lead to skin cancer. Protect your skin daily by ensuring you wear an SPF.Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Firming Moisturiser has a lightweight SPF30 formula, so you won’t even notice you’re wearing it.

Coping with increasingly dry skin

As we age, our body produces fewer of the natural oils that are essential for keeping the skin nourished. Combine that with reduced cell renewal and it’s no wonder our skin feels drier in our 50s.

However, dry skin can also be prone to flaking and cracking, and it’s important to boost those moisture levels to stop it looking sallow and wrinkled. Regularly applying moisturiser is key, but especially if it can help improve the epidermal liquid barrier, which helps to trap moisture in, and keep free radical damage out.

Look for a cream that contains Niacinamide, such as Olay Regenerist 3-Point Treatment Cream, which does just that and will stop the skin looking dull.

Keeping eyes looking fresh and bright

You might be getting plenty of sleep, but those dreaded dark circles are telling a different story. Dark circles can be a result of the under-eye capillaries being visible due to skin becoming increasingly transparent.

Ensuring your skin is well hydrated will prevent thinning, so drink plenty of water and avoid too much alcohol, salt and caffeine, all of which are dehydrating. Also, add some Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet to help boost collagen production and promote stronger cells.

We’d love to hear your tips for keeping your skin looking younger. Please share your comments below.

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Fantastic tips

Trinity 28/09/2017

Great advice that we all often overlook as beong simple and therefore look for a technical reason for the ageing process.

My skin glows

Jean 26/09/2017

My skin was looking tried but after using this cream it seem to glow

Beautiful Skin

invictus 12/09/2017

I have been using Olay cream for years Yes i done Sunbeds when i was younger(who hasn't) But i was savvy enough to start using Olay with sun factor in it in my 30's I adore the olay ultimate eye cream The best i've ever used and that's a lot!

beautiful skin at 60

sowiana 12/09/2017

always cleanse and tone your face morning and evening. before i go to bed i mix rosemary oil with olive oil avoiding your eyes use cotton wool and wipe your face with this mixture leave on. do this twice a week and you will see a big difference in your skin.I am 60 yrs off age and you would not know it.

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