Here at Nutra, we think ageing is a beautiful and natural part of life, but we also know that ageing skin can be a result of what’s happening on the inside and other environmental factors. It’s important to take a holistic view when approaching and tackling ageing skin. So what causes ageing skin anyways? We’re here to give you our top tips on what to avoid and some tips on how to age like a fine wine.
What is ageing skin and what causes it?
Ageing is caused by many different factors and ageing skin can have many different outcomes like wrinkles, dry skin and age spots. Let’s take a closer look at some common causes of ageing skin. While there are many more factors, these are some that we can take action with.
Ageing and loss of collagen - Our skin is made up of over 75% collagen, wrinkles are caused by a decline in collagen production, which begins to decrease in our mid-20s.
Sun and UV damage - Excessive exposure to the sun without proper UV protection is well known to speed up the ageing process. Have you ever noticed how the back of your hands seems to age with spots and wrinkles faster than the rest of your body? The reason; UV damage from the sun.
Lifestyle - Certain lifestyle factors like excessive smoking and alcohol consumption are well-known contributors to accelerated ageing skin.
Nutrition - Lack of nutrition means a lack of vitamins and minerals which contribute to our bodies' optimum function, growth and maintenance. Poor eating and a lack of nutrition are contributors to ageing skin and ageing in general.
What can I do to tackle ageing skin naturally?
Although everybody has a unique journey for what beauty treatments are right for them, here at Nutra, we are definitely advocates for a healthy and holistic approach to ageing. So if you're looking for a natural and holistic approach, then these tips are for you. Taking into account the common causes above, here are some ways you can support your skin health and other ageing skin factors.
Collagen powders & skincare
By adding a collagen supplement and taking it daily you can nourish your skin, hair and nails from within. Collagen can stimulate skin metabolism as it counteracts the loss of collagen from the inside. The specific peptides we use are absorbed by the dermal layer of the skin, stimulating and increasing collagen metabolism to counter-balance the collagen degradation in the deep dermis layer and replacing what is lost through ageing. Our Collagen Beauty range was designed specifically to:
- Reduce skin wrinkles and smooth fine lines
- Increase skin hydration and improve moisture levels
- Increase skin elasticity
- Support gut wellbeing
- Support antioxidant protection
- Support healthy hair & nails
- Promote skin healing
The Collagen Beauty range consists of formulated blends to help you glow from the inside out with the addition of wholefood vitamin C and zinc, which further assist in keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Unsure of which collagen is right for you? Check out this handy little guide.
Skin health and skincare is a multi-layered engine. So it’s important to not only support the skin from within but from the outside too. Using active and natural ingredients directly on the outer layers of the epidermis and dermis is another great way to support your skin from the effects of ageing. Not to toot our own horn, (we’re tooting away) but our Collagen Mask and Restorative Serum are a skin-saving game changer.
Reverse damage and restore skin with this intensely hydrating mask that provides visible results after one use. Niacinamide, collagen peptides, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and deeply penetrating oils work together to revitalise every layer of the skin - revealing an ultra-plump, hydrated & dewy complexion. The collagen peptides protect and stimulate collagen, the vitamin C works to brighten and rejuvenate, vitamins improve tone and texture and ceramides (a fancy name for the lipids that protect skin cells) nourish and heal.
Turn back time and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, pigmentation, fine lines and dullness with this multi-tasking serum that plumps, brightens and stimulates collagen production. It goes on smoother than butter and hydrates into the deeper layers of the epidermis with sodium hyaluronate. As well as amino acids to stimulate collagen production, potent vitamin C extracts to brighten and rejuvenate, ceramides to nourish and heal and aloe vera to moisturise and soothe.
UV protection + after-sun care
UV protection is super important (especially in the harsh Australian sun) for skin protection. This looks like good quality sunscreen and protective sun gear like hats and umbrellas. This said, we know how it can be when things start to heat up, it’s hard not to love the sunshine, the vitamin D, the serotonin, the warmth and the sunkissed glowing gift it leaves, AKA post sunburn bronzing.
We created the ultimate After Sun Mist for hot irritated skin, so you don’t have to worry about the aftermath of your fun in the sun. Soothe your sun-drenched face, calm redness and cool down your skin with this ultra-hydrating mist. Our micro collagen peptides, together with aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and cooling botanicals, are scientifically researched to improve skin barrier function, provide antioxidant protection, promote skin healing and help to repair skin collagen from the damaging effects of the sun.
Creating a holistically healthy lifestyle affects every area of health, like the body, skin, brain and energy. Limiting lifestyle factors that contribute to ageing (like smoking, alcohol and poor diet choices) and instead choosing lifestyle choices that promote skin health is a surefire way to prolong ageing skin.
We wrote an entire blog on beauty and wellness, as well as 10 ways to feel more well, incorporating some of the tips and mindsets you’ll find here is a great way to create a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Keeping your body nourished from within is one of the best ways to stay nourished and healthy on the outside. Our skin needs certain vitamins and minerals to stay youthful and healthy, such as zinc and vitamin C. We know that sometimes getting your daily intake of nutrients in can be tricky, our top recommendation for a daily wholefood multivitamin to support skin and whole body health and nourishment is our gal Super Greens + Reds.
Super Greens + Reds is rich with skin-boosting vitamins and minerals from all natural sources, including vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc. Super Greens + Reds is the all-in-one wellness elixir that gives your body everything it needs to feel your best. Plus, with a synbiotic blend containing prebiotics and probiotics to support digestive health to support the skin-gut connection for glowing skin.
Just remember, age isn’t really what matters, (unless you are a cheese) you are not how many wrinkles you have and ageing is a natural and beautiful part of being human. Looking at your anti-ageing approach through a holistic lens is super important. Try one thing at a time and see how it feels for you. We’ll leave you with a quote from a very wise soul, "anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." - Franz Kafka
~This blog is for informational purposes only, regardless of the advice of holistic health practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. Please obtain medical advice relevant to your particular circumstances from your health professional.