Reinforcing skin resilience is the key to supporting your skin and ageing well in a way that enhances your natural beauty, even after the age of 50.
Skin resilience: a valuable tool for ageing well
What is skin resilience?
As in other contexts, the term resilience means an ability to withstand and counteract aggressors. We can even talk about resilience when it comes to our skin, as its ability to defend itself from external stressors and effectively respond and repair itself. These processes are highly efficient in young skin, yet weaken with the passing of time and even more so after menopause.
Skin resilience is mainly linked to the skin’s defensive capabilities and thus its ability to form a double barrier: not just against the many external stressors, such as UV rays and pollution, but also against the excessive loss of water.
Secondly, skin resilience lies in the ability to “respond” to damage with dynamic epidermal turnover by increasing the synthesis of fundamental components (collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid) and putting our natural antioxidant resources into play.
With the passing of time, and thus ageing, this ability to protect itself from external stressors and repair damage diminishes, thus skin resilience gradually weakens.
Skin resilience at 50
Around the age of 50, skin resilience diminishes considerably.
This is due to hormonal changes caused by menopause, which present as adecrease in oestrogen production.
This lower hormonal support impacts the skin directly, as oestrogens are important modulators for the physiology of the skin and thus regulate the functions of the various cells found on the epidermis, keratinocytes, as well as those on the dermis, namely fibroblasts, such as the melanocytes that produce melanin and even the sebaceous glands. If cellular functions become less dynamic, epidermal turnover slows down, fibroblasts produce less collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid and pigmentation changes may occur, such as dark spots and melasma. The amount of sebum is also no longer sufficient to guarantee an efficient hydrolipid film.
Skin becomes dry, thin and fragile, less supple and firm and wrinkles become more evident, because they are counteracted to a lesser extent, the signs of ageing quickly become more apparent.
Ageing is a natural and inevitable process that happens slowly and gradually, yet how quickly and the way in which this occurs are only partially due to genetics. We do not all age in the same way because alongside chronological (or intrinsic) ageing, which is linked to genetics, we have extrinsic ageing, which is linked to factors and behaviours that depend on the individual and which today are defined by the term “exposome”. The study of the exposome, i.e. all the stimuli our body is exposed to starting from conception and its reactions, is important in defining new preventative anti-ageing strategies and their consequences on health.
The skin, due to its size and its function as “border and barrier” in direct contact with the surrounding environment, is particularly exposed to various stimuli and may reflect unhealthy habits, which is why the skin exposome is particularly important. It’s not enough to talk about “photo-ageing” that is attributable solely to UV rays, but rather we must consider exogenous and endogenous factors together, which our skin is exposed to and stressed by every day and which lead to the signs of ageing.
Understanding the effects of the skin exposome is useful to try and prevent the damage that accentuates skin ageing.
Environmental factors such as sunlight are a part of the skin exposome, as well as pollution and any tobacco smoke and other important factors, such as diet, stress and lack of sleep.
Photo-ageing caused by UV rays, both the visible and infra-red portions, works by reducing collagen synthesis and degrading elastin, as well as the damage caused by an excess of free radicals that lead to oxidative stress, i.e. causing an imbalance between free radicals and the skin’s antioxidant defences. In addition to supporting our skin with antioxidant ingredients every day, the use of a high or very high factor sunscreen, combined with moderate sun exposure, helps to prevent early skin ageing and the appearance of sun spots, due to uneven pigmentation.
The air pollution in big urban centres generates an excess of free radicals that make the skin look duller and encourage premature ageing, which is also due to oxidative stress.
Smoking is also responsible for oxidative stress, which is harmful for the whole body, the skin included.
Smoking, in addition to having a direct action on the skin by damaging both skin micro-circulation and collagen and elastin, enhances problems caused by UV rays.
Diet is one of the few weapons we have at our disposal to fight oxidative stress and the resulting ageing that it causes.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can provide vitamins, mineral salts and important antioxidants to combat free radicals.
On the other hand, we recommend limiting your consumption of sugar as it is responsible for glycation, a phenomenon that occurs when sugar binds to proteins and denatures them.
Collagen and elastin, which are important for having firm, supple skin, are also proteins and can also suffer from glycation.
In addition to sugar, red meat, fried foods and alcohol should also be limited for optimal skin health.
Stress and lack of sleep
Stress, which is increasingly a part of people’s lives, causes hormonal changes (especially the constant increase in cortisol levels) that are harmful to the body, the skin included.
Furthermore, stress is often associated with less sleep.
However, our skin regenerates and reinforces itself while we sleep, so it is crucial that we get at least six hours a night.
How you can boost skin resilience
The DEFENCE MY AGE line was formulated with the objective of boosting skin resilience, by developing an original combination of active ingredients to support natural skin turnover and improve all four of the parameters that define “good ageing”: hydration, firmness, smoothness and the radiance of the complexion.
This particular synergy between active ingredients reinforces skin resilience by acting on two fronts: compensating for the negative effects of menopause and, at the same time, boosting fibroblasts.
Fibroblasts are cells that are found in the dermis , the vital layer of support for our skin, and are responsible for the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
A decreased synthesis of these molecules makes the skin less compact and toned, as well as less supported, causing a loss of tone and more evident wrinkles.
How to live your 50s to the fullest
In order to live their 50s to the fullest, women today are no longer worried about looking younger, because they have become more free and aware. They know about ageing, but they want to do it in the best, most resilient way and by enhancing the beauty of their mature skin.
Thus, they have not given up on looking good and have instead adopted a healthy lifestyle based on a healthy diet, regular exercise and effective stress management.
They understand the importance of a beauty routine with specially formulated products to boost the resilience of their skin.
The BioNike DEFENCE MY AGE line was created to meet this need and includes:
- a renewing day cream
- a renewing night cream
- an intensive renewal serum
- a renewing eye and lip serum
This pro-resilience cosmetics line aims to help women enhance their natural beauty even at 50 and face this new stage of their life with renewed enthusiasm.