Understanding the Skin
The Skin Structure
The skin is the body’s largest organ and acts as a protective barrier from the external environment.
It has a complex structure containing multiple layers, structural proteins and other vital components responsible for its healthy appearance and normal functioning.
There are 3 distinct layers in the skin, a visible and outer protective layer called the epidermis, a structural layer called the dermis and the hypodermis, the skins deepest layer.
The Skin Aging Process
Skin ageing is a natural process. It is affected by internal factors such as genetics and external factors including sun exposure (UV damage), smoking, alcohol, poor diet, environmental pollution and stress.
Ageing skin gradually loses key structural components like collagen, elastin and moisture retaining compounds called hyaluronic acid. The ability to deal with damaging free radicals, produced as a result of the external environment like sun exposure and internal cellular metabolism, also declines. Unless quenched, free radicals can accumulate leading to oxidative stress in the skin.
In this situation, they break down collagen and elastin with the consequent loss of the skin’s support structure. Gradually the skin loses its smoothness, fullness and elasticity. Fine lines and wrinkles start to appear and Skin becomes drier, less radiant and may take longer to heal, as there is slower cellular renewal.
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The Importance of Collagen
Collagen provides structural support for skin and other connective tissues like joints, ligaments and muscles. Collagen is responsible for the skin’s strength and resilience as well as the smooth, plump appearance of young healthy skin.
Produced by special cells called fibroblasts, collagen production occurs continuously throughout our lives. However, with time collagen levels start to decline - there is a drop in production and an increase in degradation. The collagen structure becomes more fragile and brittle leading to a weakening of the skin’s structural support. The skin loses volume and firmness and starts to thin and wrinkle. The reduction in collagen production also results in the loss of hyaluronic acid further impacting on the hydration and suppleness of the skin.
Ageing and the Effect of Collagen in the Skin. Collagen in skin decreases as we age, especially past 40.
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