SUN, SKIN & AGEING

our skin naturally ages, but environmental factors such as UV rays can cause skin to age prematurely, and increase risk of skin cancers

ageing - blame it on the sunshine

research has found that the suns rays are responsible for 80% of skin ageing.

just a 2% increase in skin damage from UV, ages a face by 3 years, and the effects of UV exposure increase with age.

lips and eyes are particularly vunerable to the effects of UV ageing, because skin here is particularly thin and delicate.

come rain or shine

we are exposed to UV rays every day, even on cloudy days.

UVA can penetrate through glass, so can silently damage and age your skin whilst you are in a car or inside sitting by a window.

UV exposure

long term exposure to UV, pollution and infra-red rays generates free radicals in the skin, where they cause oxidative stress and the breakdown of collagen.

loss of firmness, elasticity, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, changes in skin texture and wrinkles are the result.

 

the good news

the good news is that premature ageing due to UV rays is largely preventable.

avoiding excessive sun exposure and protecting your skin every day with broad spectrum sunscreen and anti-oxidants, can help keep your skin healthier, post-poning wrinkles and loss of firmness.

lips and ageing

lips are one of the first areas to show signs of ageing, particularly in women.

daily use of broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen, anti-oxidants and emollients can help slow this process down.

daily lip sunscreen also protects against lip cancers, which are seen more in people who spend a lot of time outside.

so why are lips so vunerable and need extra care?

skin is very delicate and thin – just 3-5 cell layers thick compared to up to 16 layers on the face.

lips have no melanin (a natural pigment produced in response to damage in an attempt to prevent more), so they can burn and peel, but will never tan.

 

lips can’t produce natural oils, so can easily become dehydrated and dry – thick layers of dry ‘hard to remove without further damage’ skin are never fun!

UV exposure also triggers cold sores because it suppresses natural immunity within tissue – they cause further damage to delicate skin and often changes in the lip line appearance over time.

reduce damage, slow ageing

UV damage, sunburn, smoking, cold, dry weather, air-conditioning, sore and chapped lips – just a few factors that accelerate lip ageing.

we can’t stop ageing but we can reduce the damage that speeds it up – with daily care, lips will be healthier, happier and we will slow down the loss of lip volume, definition and the onset of wrinkles on and around the lips.

 

 

we all enjoy a sunkissed glow

but despite what some sun care may claim, there is no safe way to tan.

a tan is simply the skin’s response to UV injury – tanning occurs when the sun’s UVA rays penetrate into the skin’s deeper layers, causing the skin to produce melanin to try to protect itself.

it’s actually oxidative stress that creates the tanned skin often and mistakenly associated with good health.

the clock is ticking - and its in your hands

every time you tan you accumulate damage to the skin -and, unfortunately, the skin never forgets this damage – clocking up all the hours of damage over a lifetime.

in fact, over-exposure to sun in your teens and early twenties can produce free radicals for decades.

  • It's been a grey miserable day in the UK ....no winter sun or snowflakes .... only rain and more rain.  So I thought I would add this cute shot of Snowberry Red from the lovely @pinkjulep to cheer myself and you up :-). Snowberry is one of our most popular shades, it looks vibrant in the bullet but gives a lovely sheer pinky red, which can be layered over liner if you want a more intense colour.  Of course as with all our balms it comes with UVA/UVB protection, SPF30,  and is packed with nourishing botanicals, so it’s perfect for wintery days!
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Remember the amount and strength of UVA A=Ageing) rays is not altered by time of year and all skin exposed to the elements, face, lips and around the eyes benefits from protection..UVA passes through glass too! ⠀
Huge thanks to the lovely review from @pinkjulep⠀
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  • A little flash back to December 2007, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro at 7am, after a 7 hour climb through the night...I had never been so delighted to see the sunrise!! It was the most amazing and inspiring week and I guess looking back, started my love affair with the mountains.  Climbing for a dear friend who was so very ill at the time and raising £6000 for her charity, The Brooke Hospital for Animals was one of my proudest moments, but knowing my climb had helped raise her spirits was infinitely more humbling, I would do it again in a heartbeat. ⠀
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People often ask why did you choose Kilimanjaro for Amanda. ...Kilimanjaro was the name of the last horse she was ever able to ride & we had the most fabulous girlie safari holiday in Africa a few years previously...it was the only mountain to climb!!! ⠀
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Experiences & memories hey,  more important than anything else...⠀
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Happy Monday everyone :-)⠀
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  • Lots of lovely balms heading out to customers this week.....something tells me they might be heading towards somebody's Christmas stocking! ⠀
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Huge thanks to Jo, who has been busy packing and posting your orders all week!! ⠀
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Just a little reminder, Royal Mail last postage dates for Christmas 2018 are:⠀
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18th Dec - 2nd Class⠀
20th Dec - 1st Class⠀
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So if you are in need of a few extra stocking fillers, take advantage of our free shipping option on the website this December.⠀
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  • Looking forward to getting these back on on again soon.....the snow is falling in Courchevel and my winter home and mountains are definitely calling!! ⠀
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#countingthedays #mountainsarecalling #snowisfalling  #winterhome #skiboots #beautifulmountains #mountainviews
  • Beauty in small things :-)⠀
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Alpines are such a joy - and are some of the most resilient plants on the planet, withstanding extreme cold and extreme heat, yet so delicate and beautifully small.  They have tremendous strategies to protect themselves against high UV loads and are packed full of anti-oxidants.  It's a great botanical to use to protect our skin, and its why we use Alpine Rose in all our balms. ⠀
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Alpine rose also has another little beauty protection benefit...its anti-viral so significantly reduces the likelihood of one of those pesky cold sores rearing their small, but definitely NOT beautiful head, and will reduce the severity of any outbreak and speed up healing. As winter takes hold, and as we push towards Christmas, we often get a little run down and small amounts of UV can easily trigger the virus, often just when we have fun things planned #mortified #ilovegettingacoldsoresaidnobodyEVER⠀
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  • It may only be Tuesday but it feels like Friday.....and the kind of Friday that follows the busiest most stressful week.....after the day I have had the only thing to do is to turn the computer off, reset both computer (and my mind) and hope that by tomorrow the number of tabs that have to be open have reduced!⠀
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.......This also may have to include a glass of wine! Though of course I will be listening to my skin's advice and will be adding a glass of water or two to that prescription!!⠀
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#toomanytabsopen #beautyentrepreneur #womeninbusiness #myheadhurts #albusandflora ⠀
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