It’s easy to blame aging skin and wrinkles on genetics, but biologically determined factors
are only a small part of the story in regards to skin ageing.
In reality, one study found that UV exposure alone accounts for 80% of visible facial ageing signs. UV exposure is just one of many factors that cause atmospheric skin aging, a term that encompasses all of the visible signs of skin aging stemming from exposure to environmental aggressors. What are the environmental aggressors which cause atmospheric ageing, and how do you fight their effects? Here, the skincare experts at WY explain everything you will need to learn about atmospheric ageing, so that you can keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.
What causes Atmospheric Skin Ageing?
UV rays, infrared radiation and ozone pollution all play big roles in skin damage and the atmospheric aging procedure. These environmental aggressors surround us constantly, so it’s important to comprehend how they work to be able to stop their detrimental effects.
UV radiation is comprised of 2 chief kinds of beams, UVA and UVB, that impact the skin through sun exposure. UVB radiation damages the skin in the kind of sunburn.
Infrared radiation is also caused by sunlight exposure, but its rays are even longer and may penetrate the skin more deeply than UV rays. It targets specific skin tissues and creates enzymes that destroy collagen, the protein responsible for the skin’s smoothness and suppleness.
Ozone pollution is caused by sun interacting with air pollutants. Ozone’s oxidative abilities–how it ‘steals’ electrons from cells–functions on our own bodies by draining the antioxidants from our skin and damaging collagen.
As the body’s primary barrier for protection against the elements, the skin bears the brunt of the harm caused by these environmental variables. Luckily, there are protective measures and remedies you can use to cure your skin, even after years of exposure to atmospheric triggers.
How Do You Avoid It?
Sunscreen alone prevents only 55% of the damage caused by free radicals through sun exposure, but a recent study by SkinCeuticals demonstrated that the daily use of certain antioxidants, in combination with sunscreen, can protect the skin from more damaging effects of atmospheric elements. The study demonstrated that using Vitamin E Ferulic Gel, which contains Vitamins E and C and Ferulic Acid, along with using Phloretin CF Gel, with Phloretin, Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid, significantly increases the skin’s natural ecological protection. Both gels significantly reduced sunburn cell counts, reduced levels of collagen degradation and reduced ozone-induced inflammation.
In WY, we take SkinCeuticals products due to their demonstrated effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of atmospheric ageing. Furthermore, we remain on the leading edge of research on aging atmospheric and skin damage so that we can offer the very best skin care advice possible to our customers. If you want to find out more about the environmental factors that cause visible signs of aging, then book a consultation with one of our specialist aesthetic doctors today. We look forward to designing a skincare routine bespoke to you so as to revive and protect your skin from atmospheric ageing.