What is premature aging?

Premature aging refers to the unnatural acceleration of the aging process which is induced not only by daylight (90% of premature aging comes from over exposure to the sun) and lifestyle choices such as smoking, stress and diet.  These factors trigger a slowing of the collagen that our skin needs for strength and also in the breakdown of elastin that we need to ensure the skin bounces back from being pulled.  The skin cell turnover process slows and dead skin cells shed off at a slower rate.  Other contributions to the quickening of the aging process are – repetitive facial expressions (frowning of squinting) and gravity, poor skin care regimes and neglect.

Although premature aging is not natural, intrinsic aging is, we cannot stop the process which is the physical change that skin goes through over time and is controlled by genetics. This process starts in our mid-20’s but does not start to really show on our faces till late 30’s or early 40’s.

Whilst intrinsic aging is out of your control, premature aging can be slowed or irradiated with the right lifestyle choices and ensuring the right products are used in the right way from an early age to maintain healthy skin.


Aged skin

The five major causes of premature aging:

The sun: Responsible for many skin issues; the worst being skin cancer. Repeated exposure to ultraviolet light breaks down collagen, attacks elastin and impairs the skins ability to repair itself.  The damage is seen by the formation of deep wrinkles, age spots, spider veins and a ‘leathery look’ to the skins surface. Even spending 15 minutes out doors will have an accumulative effect on the damage your skin endures by the ultra violet light.

Sun protection is therefore the first line of defence.  New sunscreen technology in good skincare products such as Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic daily moisturiser with SPF 15 won’t clog pores or make the skin feel greasy or chalky.

When selecting sun protection, look for sun protection Factors (SPF’s) that are combined with stabilized antioxidant vitamins.  The antioxidant vitamins enhance the protection of free radicals without needing to increase the value of the SPF which can often cause skin irritation due to the increased chemicals required. Make sunscreens part of your everyday skincare regime.  Apply at least a walnut size amount of sunscreen to the face and neck before going out in the daylight.  Many moisturisers now contain SPF.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic daily moisturiser with SPF 15 is a smoothing, skin-nourishing moisturiser, enriched with naturally antioxidant pomegranate, vitamin-rich evening primrose and calming jojoba oils, with the added benefit of sun protection. Benefits include:


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Smoking: As well as developing a yellowish hue and leathery completion, smokers will develop a clogged look to the skin, poor healing and spider veins where the small capillaries are unable to support effective circulation.  The cells are depleted of oxygen and therefore unable to re produce effectively.

Lack of exercise or poor diet: A poor diet leads to lack of nutrition for the cells and possible exposure to chemicals and preservatives.  Fried or burnt food can also cause increased oxidation leading to weaker cell structure.

Counteract this by increasing the antioxidants in foods or take a supplement. Neal’s Yard super antioxidant boost supports the body’s antioxidant levels, which helps to protect against damaging free radicals and maintains optimum health, with a synergistic blend of antioxidants, vitamins and flavonoids, with green tea, turmeric and grape seed.

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Lack of sleep / stress: Stress is inevitable for many people and contributes to the aging process.  Often when we are stressed we furrow our brow, place our hands on our face and pull it in all sorts of ways.  Stress also results in heightened adrenal activity over time can impair health. Skin is the first place where the effects of stress can be seen – dark circles under the eyes and sagging skin.

Frankincence eye and lip

Frankincense eye and lip serum is recommended for all skin types and applied by gently patting around the eye and lip area using ring finger.  You must be careful not to apply to heavily or to the lid as the delicate eye tissue is like blotting paper and will absorb oils very quickly sometimes causing puffiness and irritation. This gentle but effective treatment cream will firm, lift and help reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

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Exposure to the elements: Cold winds and low temperature can dry the skin out, depriving it of the sebum it needs to keep the skin lubricated and protection.  Forced air heating does the same thing, dry air acts like a giant sponge, soaking up moisture from everything it touches.

Beauty Sleep Concentrate


Infused with naturally regenerative narcissus tazetta bulb extract, a smoothing tri-peptide and antioxidant-rich nourishing grape seed oil, for skin that looks and feels beautifully moisturised, replenished and recharged. With a delightful blend of aromatherapy essential oils renowned for their calming, relaxing properties.

This product Supports skin’s night time recovery;

Helps prevent premature skin ageing; Replenishes and refreshes & Increases skin’s moisture levels by up to 98% over 12 hours

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When skin is healthy, premature aging is minimised. Professional skin treatments coupled with the right lifestyle choices are great ways to begin treating the signs of premature aging.

An effective skincare regime will include; exfoliation, hydration and vitamins to help smooth skin, stimulate collagen production and increase the skins natural protective ability.


Exfoliation helps remove dulling skin cells whilst improving the skins ability to absorb beneficial ingredients.

Ingredients to look for:

  • Emollients such as Shea butter and organic silicones will help maintain soft, smooth skin and will act as a lubricant, helping to reduce flaking and moisture loss whilst improving the texture and appearance of the skin.

It has been scientifically proven that topically-applied vitamins do improve the health of the skin.

  • Vitamin A inhibits collagen destruction whilst stimulating collagen production.
  • Vitamin B5 aids in wound healing (NYRO us rosehip oil).
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant that inhibits melanin, and is proven to stimulate collagen production.
  • Hyaluronic acid (also known as a glycosaminoglycan) is often touted for its ability to “reverse” or stop aging as the substance occurs naturally (and quite abundantly) in humans and animals, and is found in young skin, other tissues, and joint fluid. Hyaluronic acid is a component of the body’s connective tissues, and is known to cushion and lubricate.

Oil or Serum before you moisturise?

Facial oils are ideal for dry and normal skin, they are easily absorbed.  Many people prefer to use them at night and can be applied under slightly damp skin as they lock in hydration and are perfect to combine with facial massage.

Serums are suitable for all skin types.  Light and rapidly absorbed, they’re ideal to wear under make up.  Infused with ingredients such as hylauronic acids, peptides and antioxidants they’re designed to work in harmony with moisturisers.