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.

  • As I sit in my studio on day 3 of isolation in France, I just want to take a moment to send my love & support to anyone in the world affected by the devastating outbreak of COVID-19, and I hope other nations impose lockdown soon to help reduce the number of infections and deaths.⁠⠀
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Its quite a surreal experience living in a ski resort, that is now a ghost town. Lockdown is totally the right thing to do to safeguard our loved ones, and actually presents such a wonderful opportunity for reflection, growth, and for doing all those tasks you have been putting off!! I hope that the planet will also get a welcome break from pollution and who knows perhaps out of this truly awful situation some good can come.⁠⠀
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It may be beautiful & peaceful in lockdown, but I am well aware of the hardship people will suffer and the challenges many businesses will encounter over the coming months.⁠⠀
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I want to give a huge shout out to our lovely retail partners - many are small independent stores & clinics, who have lovingly and tirelessly worked hard to create something special - many have had to close or are likely to have to close, which will put them and their staff under tremendous strain.  I would urge you to support them, and where you can shop online for all your beauty & wellness needs.⁠⠀
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thanks to @foxandfeather one of our lovely stockists for the photo⁠ ❤️⠀
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#staysafe #stayhealthy #sendinglove #lockdown #beautybrand #supportsmallbusiness #shoplocal #womeninbusiness #smallbusinessowner
  • Happy International Women’s Day!!⠀
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Somebody once said to me “little girls with dreams become women with vision” ⠀
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Sometimes those dreams can seem out of reach, the road a little bumpy, the path unclear and sometimes we doubt if we are are on the right path at all...sometimes we need a little support, a little confidence to take that step towards our dream. I feel so grateful to all the women (and men, but today I am celebrating the girls!) in my life and those who I have met on this rollercoaster journey of life & business who have inspired me, encouraged me, supported me, laughed with me, who have been there when I felt I couldn’t carry on, who made me a cup of tea, or poured me a glass of wine, and sat through the tears, the doubts, and who never stopped believing in me, when I wondered if I still believed in myself. ⠀
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To all those women and to all of you on here who support me and the brand, thank you so very much, you help more than you will ever know! ⠀
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Dare to dream ladies, dare to dream.....and when things get tough hold that hand out, just like you did as a little girl, because I know for sure there will always be love and support at the other end ❤️⠀
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  • Introducing our @albusandflora Lip Duo Gift Sets!!⁠⠀
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Our gorgeous gift sets contain a limited edition, vegan friendly, leatherette make up bag, protective cotton inner liner bag, paired with two of our nourishing SPF30 Multi-Active Lip Balms. ⠀
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It’s the ultimate way to discover our award-winning, high performance lip care.⁠ ⠀
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Our bags have been designed and hand sewn in the U.K. with love ❤️. The removable cotton inner liner protects the bag lining from make-up spills.... because we all know how grubby the inside of make up bags get!!!! ⠀
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Just remove & wash 😊⠀
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Thanks to @richrobertsphoto for the gorgeous 📷📷📷⠀
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  • As the rhythm of our increasingly hectic urban & digital lives continues to speed up, the great outdoors can be such a welcome place to find peace, balance & a touch of adventure to offset the daily grind!⁠⠀
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Definitely looking forward to a little fresh air and regaining some of that balance. Wishing you all a great weekend....with time to re-charge, re-balance, reset.⁠⠀
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#balance #mountainlove #natureislife #wellness #albusandflora #modernactiveskincare #cleanbeauty #beautyoutdoors #suncare #protectyourskin #SPF30
  • Pink on green 😍⠀
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....almost out of stock of our mountain rose SPF30 tinted botanical balm. ⠀
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Can’t wait for our arctic cranberry & raspberry seed oil to finally arrive, so we can produce more lovely balms! ⠀
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  • Thank you so much @suitcase and @indigo_goss for featuring @albusandflora Naked Flora SPF30 Lip balm in the ‘Health Issue’ ~

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