MATURE SKIN

WHAT DISTINGUISHES MATURE SKIN?

Cell division constantly creates new cells, all of which are an identical copy of their predecessors. Normally, the split happens once a month. 

 

With age, however, the connective tissue fibers of the skin begin to break down, and the renewal of the cell slows down until at some point it can no longer divide and dies. You can read more about this below.

SOME TYPICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF MATURE SKIN

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SKIN STRUCTURE

Fine lines, loss of integrity and reduced skin structure affect every skin type to varying degrees sooner or later. Some signs of skin aging are wrinkles, thinner skin, sun spots, pigmentations, and less elasticy.

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ELASTIC & COLLAGEN

The appearance of a leaner face happens when there's a loss of fat (collagen) below the skin’s surface and elastic tissue (elastin). The aging process causes collagen levels to deplete naturally over time and can cause loosening of the skin.

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WELL-AGING

Aging is inevitable but how our skin ages is up to us (90% to be exact!). The best way to influence genetic predispositions is with a healthy diet, lifestyle, and mindset while reducing factors that negatively affect collagen production.

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SKINCARE

Changes in your skin as you age are normal (and beautiful), but there are ways to bolster your skin’s healthy suppleness and integrate routines that are supportive of well-aging.

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HOW TO CARE FOR SKIN AS IT AGES

Even though it feels like we’re just becoming an adult at 25, it’s also around that age that the first signs of aging start to become apparent on the surface of the skin.

As we age, the metabolism of our cells slows down, and our collagen production decreases. Collagen is actually a protein found in the extracellular matrix that provides structure to many parts of your body (including skin!), serving as one of the main building blocks for bones, skin, hair, connective tissues, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. As the most abundant protein in the human body (one-third of the body’s protein), collagen is basically the substance that holds us together.

The aging process causes collagen levels to deplete naturally over time. A person’s biological age does not have to be united to the needs of the skin, but around 25 years the skin’s structure can already begin to change.

Changes in your skin as you age are normal (and beautiful), but there are ways to bolster your skin’s healthy suppleness and integrate routines that are supportive of well-aging.

HOW TO IDENTIFY MATURE SKIN

Fine lines, loss of integrity and reduced skin structure affect every skin type sooner or later. Supportive skin care aims to preserve the skin’s elasticity and resilience, for as long as possible. Here are a few signs of mature skin:

  • Fine lines

  • Wrinkles

  • Sun spots & pigmentations

  • Thinner and less elastic skin

What can we do about it?

The fact that the body’s own production for maintaining connective tissue is decreasing does not inevitably mean that one is powerless against skin aging. Ingredients in skincare products that resemble the body's own "building blocks" are in fact processed by the human organism as if it had produced them itself.

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THE WILD LEAVES TIPS & TRICKS

Timelessness is different from agelessness. 90% of how our skin ages is actually within your control and natural skincare (along with diet, lifestyle, and environment) can prevent some of the effects of aging. But the goal is to be timeless and not forever 21. Fine lines, loss of integrity and reduced skin structure affect every skin type sooner or later.

You'll want to customize your skincare routine based on your skin type. Each of us will either have dry, oily, combination, or normal skin: It’s important to balance the skin according to your skin type before and after you have reached the mature skin stage.

Moisture-binding ingredients: Just like dry skin, mature skin also benefits from moisture-binding ingredients that support the skin’s overall structure.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids: For mature skin, we like to recommend intensifying the renewing serum with a few drops of our face oil in the evening. Supportive alpha-linoleic acid-containing oils help the skin to loosen pigmentation knots so that age and pigmentation spots fade.

Physical stimulation: Not only skincare, but also massages, face shaper treatments, and other applications stimulate collagen synthesis.

Daily UV protection: UV rays are a major contributor to photoaging (skin aging), destroying the skin's collagen structures and promoting wrinkles. Our bodies need Vitamin D but it's also be good to be wise about direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

AGING WELL

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We prefer well-aging over anti-aging

Cell division is a natural process our skin goes through to create new cells, each of which is an identical copy of its predecessor. Normally, cell division happens about every 28 days. However, with age, the connective tissue fibers in the skin (particularly the dermis) begin to break down, and cell renewal slows down until eventually it can no longer divide and dies off.

Every skin type becomes mature skin at some point. That’s because fine lines, loss of integrity, and reduced skin structure affect every skin type sooner or later. As we age, our pores naturally produce less oil, leading to dry skin, too. For these reasons, it’s crucial for your skin to retain, produce and receive moisture to stay healthy and fresh. Collagen is what keeps your skin from sagging and gives you that bouncy, fresh appearance. 

What damages collagen?

The dermal layer of the skin’s main job is to provide strength and elasticity (and includes the vascular, lymphatic and neuronal systems). It is primarily made up of complex extracellular matrix proteins, being particularly rich in collagen fibres – which make up ~75% of the dermis dry weight (!).

We have already learned that collagen production declines with age. But there are other factors that can deplete the levels of collagen within the body, too. Avoiding them could help keep the skin healthy for longer.

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Smoking: Many chemicals in tobacco smoke damage both collagen and elastin in the skin. Nicotine also constricts the blood vessels in the skin’s outer layers, compromising skin health by reducing the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the skin.

 

UV light exposure: Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun cause collagen to break down more rapidly, damaging collagen fibers and causing abnormal elastin to build up. UV rays damage the collagen (in the dermis), causing the skin to rebuild itself incorrectly, forming wrinkles.

 

Diet: Diets rich in sugars, processed foods, unhealthy fats, and other irritants increase the chance that a chemical reaction in the body can make collagen dry, brittle, and weak.

 

Stress & Environment: Where we live, whom we let into our lives, our work-life balance, getting enough me-time while also spending time in community, exercising, being outdoors... These factors and more will have an impact on our skin – and overall well-being.

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WILD LEAVES WELL-AGING SUPPORT TEAM

Our skincare and Adaptogen Drinks are a power couple that serves as a great basis for supporting a healthy, well-aging process.