Getting old is a part of life and so is sadly our smooth, youthful complexion changing to that of wrinkles and dryness.
While some embrace the change, others want to try and keep their youthful appearance for as long as possible.
But why and how does the skin age?
Skin is the largest and fastest growing organ, protecting you and helping to regulate your temperature. One of its main purposes is to protect your internal organs, muscles by keeping everything that shouldn’t be inside, out. While it’s busy protecting you and regulating your temperature it is also shedding between 30,000 – 40,000 old skin cells every day!
The skin naturally ages like the rest of the body, and wrinkles are just a natural aspect of the ageing process. However, there are many factors that contribute to wrinkles and fine lines, beside the natural ageing of your body.
Frequent frowning, smiling and squinting will all contribute to producing fine lines, but sun damage, smoking, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, and eating an unhealthy diet will all also produce those wrinkles too.
As we get older our body starts reducing collagen and elastin production, and it starts early on in life too. Once you hit 20 your body produces around 1% less collagen within the skin each year.
However, it tends to be the external factors that actually “age” the skin more so than intrinsic factors. According to Scientific American, when you place a wrinkle under a microscope, it doesn’t actually reveal any telltale signs that it is a wrinkle.
The factors named above (sun damage, smoking etc) cause more damage than ‘normal intrinsic ageing process’. These external factors make the skin thinner, produces freckles, moles and sunspots, which overall provides you with an uneven skin tone that looks rough in appearance
Typically our skin needs antioxidants to help fight off free radicals which cause our skin to age and lose the ability to retain moisture.
There a few natural anti-ageing remedies that actually do work and are less harsh on your skin compared to other options such as chemical peels.
Vitamin E is your friend
Products with Vitamin E truly are going to be your new best friend. Why? Because Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps towards protecting your face from sun damage and pollution and fights free radicals. It will also help to hydrate your face, leaving it feeling soft, and supple while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
You can find Vitamin E in Jojoba Oil, which has many wonderful properties to help with moisturising your skin and excellent anti-ageing properties too. For more information, take a look at our article on The Benefits of Jojoba Oil.
Rosehip Seed Oil
A fantastic oil that can help reduce fine lines and penetrate deep into the skin’s layers to replenish and soothe irritation. It is also a great oil to help soothe Rosacea.
Naturally packed with antioxidants, especially Vitamin C and A, it will help to stimulate the production of collagen.
Rosehip seed oil also targets free radicals (thanks to being loaded with antioxidants) that are created by sun damage. The antioxidants will help to reduce the effects of this and minimise the appearance of age spots.
Being a dry oil, it will be quickly absorbed by the skin and can be applied directly to the skin with a massaging motion.
Both Vitamin A and E are both found in this exquisite oil that has many uses and not all just for hair!
It boosts cell production when applied topically and has exceptional restoring and healing abilities. But most importantly is that it can and will improve the elasticity of the skin, something that lessens as we age. It has rejuvenating and tightening properties which along with phytosterols found in Argan Oil, will also boost the much-needed collagen production.
You can either apply this oil directly to your skin as it will absorb quickly or add it into your moisturiser at night, to help harness its goodness for the overnight skin cell renewal process.
For more information on wonderful Argan oil, take a look at our article on Argan Oil Skin Benefits.
Dead Sea Salt
Dead Sea Salt is packed full of minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium which when used in conjunction with an oil such as olive oil, as an exfoliator can work wonders and sloughing away dead skin cells that make your face appear dull and lifeless, to reveal fresher, more radiant skin. It can even fight against those fine lines and wrinkles creeping into place.
It also has wonderful benefits when you bath in the salt too, from helping to calm skin irritation and nerves.
Here at K2A, we want you to have your best skin possible, no matter what age you are, hence why we have hand selected only the very best excellent quality, natural ingredients to be present within our products.
Why not take a look at which of the above oils reside in our products to find the right one for you?