Air pollution, extreme temperatures, artificial light, ultraviolet radiation, noise, cigarette smoke and traffic fumes: all these environmental stressors threaten the health of our skin. Recent studies show that when the skin is continuously exposed to various forms of environmental stress it ages much faster and becomes vulnerable to diseases such as cancer.
The skin is the wrapper that connects us to the environment and protects our body from the inclemencies of the weather. This is hardly surprising, as the skin is the body’s organ that suffers most when our living environment is toxic and inhospitable. Our skin reflects everything, whether it comes from within or without, whether it’s psychological problems, the repercussions of what we eat, the air we breathe or what touches our skin. Living conditions in large cities and industrial areas have created new problems for our skin, designed to be able to adapt to temperature and humidity variations in natural habitats. Read More
The menopause receives bad press. Many women associate it with a loss of attractiveness, because it marks the end of a life stage and is the source of discomfort and changes. Less well known, perhaps, are how it causes changes in the skin that do not affect all women equally, but largely depend on skin type and lifestyle. But – is there a solution?
Menopause marks the end of the reproductive stage and involves significant changes for women. But there are ways to cope. According to the Spanish Association for Menopause Studies (AEEM), menopause occurs at 51.4 years on average, once the body stops producing oestrogen and progesterone; it ends ovarian functioning and, therefore, the menstrual period. Hormonal changes are to blame for hot flushes, insomnia, mood swings and vaginal atrophy, and also ageing of the skin, in other words, dryness, wrinkles and sagging. Read More
It’s not just a matter of genetics. Although it’s true that some skins age better than others, genes control only 25% of wrinkling. The other 75% is down to us. In other words, wrinkles reflect our lifestyle. Sun, pollution, smoking, alcohol, drugs, stress and poor nutrition leave indelible marks on the skin. But what can be done to prevent wrinkling?
There is no way around this fact: life marks the skin. As we get older our skin becomes thinner and loses its elasticity, its ability to deal with external aggressions and its ability to stay hydrated. Genes, the force of gravity, lifestyle, hormones and chronic diseases all play a part. Facial expressions that require repeated muscle contractions begin to leave their mark in the form of furrows between the eyebrows and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Although there are no miracles, one solution to mitigate wrinkles is botox, which inhibits muscle movements and, therefore, the expression of emotions. Read More
Smoking has a very negative effect on the skin. However, not everyone is aware of this, especially young people who have not yet started to experience the effects of ageing on their bodies. An initiative by the British National Health Service (NHS) can show us what our faces will look like in a few years’ time if we continue to smoke.
The British health authorities have decided, and rightly so, that a picture is worth a thousand words. How would a young person feel if they were to suddenly see their own face looking greyish and with wrinkles around their eyes and mouth? The goal of the initiative is to get young people to quit smoking before the thousands of harmful products in cigarettes cause irreversible damage, not only to the skin but also to less visible areas of the body. The NHS has therefore created a free app for smartphones – called Smoking Time Machine – that ‘ages’ a photo of the phone user. Users can see how an image of themselves now will look in 20 years’ time if they continue smoking — and also how they will look if they stop smoking immediately. Try it and see the result, it is to-the-point and hard to ignore!