What causes wrinkles?
The skin’s primary components are collagen and elastin. An interlacing of collagen fibers with a fine net of elastin gives skin its strength, elasticity, smoothness and resilience.
As humans have a life span, so do our cells. Aging causes the skin’s collagen fibres to fragment, or break down. At the same time the elastin molecules become fewer and the skin becomes thinner and more transparent as the subcutaneous layer loses fat. Imagine wearing a size 14 suit on a size 12 frame. The skin loses its ability to spring back into place after a movement or an expression, and we begin to see lines and wrinkles.
The primary cause for premature aging is sun exposure, followed by diet, genes, and environment Unfortunately for most people, up to 90% of sun damage has already been done by the time a person reaches 18.
Healthy skin will show less signs of aging; collagen and elastin fibres are more resilient and skin remains smooth and elastic for longer. So if there are no miracle cures for aging skin, how can we slow the process?
The skin has three fundamental needs that are quite often, surprisingly, forgotten. As our largest organ, skin needs food, it needs to breathe and it needs protection from UV rays, and moisture loss.
Skin receives its nutrients both internally and externally. This means that what you apply topically to your skin is, to a large extent, absorbed, whether it is good or bad. The skin also absorbs the oxygen that is vital to healthy cells. Many of today’s modern skin care products contain harmful petrochemicals and synthetic ingredients that are absorbed by the skin and prevent it from breathing. Imagine eating a plate of chemicals or sleeping with a pillow over your face. This is in effect what millions of people do every day.
Short term results with wrinkles and aging can be achieved with many products that contain ingredients that firm and plump the skin. These ingredients affect the outer layers of the skin, leaving it feeling comfortable and smooth. In the long term, however, the skin essentials are sacrificed, and the results are the same; aging, sagging skin. Healthy skin has the best chance of staying a step ahead of the aging process.
How can rose hip oil slow the signs of aging?
Essential fatty acids play a key role in the maintenance and regeneration of the collagen and elastin fibres that keep skin firm and youthful. The essential fatty acids and vitamins in rose hip oil are readily absorbed by the skin and help to slow the breakdown of these fibres. With its neutral pH balance and anti- inflammatory properties, rose hip oil keeps skin balanced and healthy, helping to protect against cell degeneration caused by bacteria and oxidants.
Recommended Kosmea products:
Age Defying Collection. This collection contains Purifying Cream Cleanser, Eighth Natural Wonder™ Revitalising Facial Serum, Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil and Replenishing Moisture Cream to prevent the signs of premature skin aging.