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.

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Stock up on your favourite shades. Protect your lips daily from UV damage, loss of collagen, premature ageing and wrinkles. Nourish & care for the lips this autumn with our gorgeous botanical oils - raspberry, cranberry, seaberry, avocado, blackcurrant, jojoba, olive, sunflower & grape to name a few 🌿🥑🍇🥑
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NUDE FLORA - a sheer peachy take on nude, compliments all complexions and skins tones. Looks great with fair and darker skin tones alike.⁠⠀
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SHEER FLORA - a very subtle hint of colour (don't be fooled by the colour in the bullet), gives a lovely natural sheen to the lip and accentuates your natural lip colour - also great to use over a lipstick or to refresh faded lipstick colour. All time favourite for everyday, school run & at the gym⁠⠀
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SNOWBERRY RED - a soft pop of pinky-red colour, sheer for the day and can be layered over lip liner or lipstick for a more intense shade. Looks great on all skin tones and hair colours, and offers a really gorgeous sheen.⁠⠀
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  • Autumn skin - is it misbehaving? Looking a little dull? Want to get a little autumn glow back? ⁠⠀
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The days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping.... Autumn has officially arrived. ⁠ While cosy jumpers make a welcome return to our wardrobes, the air is becoming drier, the central heating is going on, and that morning or evening run is just that bit harder on our skin. The dry air & wind sucks precious moisture out and the cold-hot-cold cycle can exacerbate rosacea & sensitivity.  Sadly,  Autumn, is not all pumpkin spiced lattes and its not a skincare walk in the park....as the skin tries to adjust to this indoor/outdoor climatic change, it can get a little un-balanced, a little unhappy and can begin to misbehave! It can become dehydrated much more easily and often we start producing more sebum to try to compensate, a little glow is welcome, an oil slick, breakouts and red dry patches are not!!! ⁠⠀
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There are some simple changes you might like to try that can really help and we will share over the next few #autumnskin posts.  A good place to start is your CLEANSING regime.⁠⠀
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TIP #1: consider changing your micellar, cream or gel cleanser to an oil based one, particularly at night.  I love a cleansing balm that is packed full of botanical oils. It will breakdown SPF, make-up and cut through grime and sebum better than a water based one and the oils will nourish the skin. An oil based cleanser will not make an oily skin oilier, it will balance and hydrate, drier and combination skins also love... The action of massaging the balm in also brings much needed blood flow to the skin (post-exercise glow anyone??) which helps re-oxygenate and detox the skin.  I like an oil based balm that turns to milk when you add water as it is much easier to remove the balm and all the grime with a lovely warm damp flannel.  For an extra nourishing hit to promote that glowy complexion, you can double cleanse, using a little less product.  I often leave that second thin layer of balm on for 10 min while cleaning teeth etc and then remove again with damp flannel. Clean hydrated nourished skin glows! ⁠⠀✨🍁✨
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The sun doesn't set in the Arctic through the summer months and with daylight 24-7, SPF protection of the delicate lips is a non-negotiable essential. ⁠⠀
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UVB rays do reduce in intensity in the Northern Hemisphere through Autumn and Winter, but UVA, which penetrates deeply and can even pass through glass is present all year round come rain or shine! It  increases photo-ageing as well as contributing to the risk of skin cancers - so don't forget to protect your lips with daily UVA & UVB SPF protection through the Autumn and Winter.....⁠⠀
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  • I love this shot from @stacieswift ⁠and it’s so true. It’s so easy to fill our weeks and weekends with work, chores, family and just generally being busy from the moment we wake till the moment we go to sleep. I have to confess this week Practically every waking hour has been scheduled with some activity. ⠀
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But today.... it’s nearly 3.30pm, it’s raining outside and I’m still in PJs with a cuppa and a face mask on.....listening to the rain and pottering around the house with no particular purpose, and I haven’t even looked at my to do list! Sometimes I think we all need to stop, be ok with doing nothing, to daydream, to just sit and be still, to make time to just be. Take a little time today, for nobody else except you.....boy does it feel goooood! ☕️💕✨☕️⠀
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  • Loving the grey tones in this gorgeous shot from @ohgoshem and loving how well used @albusandflora balms are before the new ones arrived!!! ⠀
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I just love how @albusandflora gets to support you all on adventures big and small, and hope some Saturday adventures have been had today 😊💕! ⠀
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  • So....its been quite a long time since I have posted...so here goes with a little update!⁠⠀
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The summer has been incredibly hectic with many exciting changes & developments behind the scenes @albusandflora .... running a brand as a solo beautypreneur and keeping up with social media posts can be a challenge at times (hence the rather big absence this summer from Instagram!) but I thought I would start with a few photos from a recent visit to Hong Kong this summer!⁠⠀
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It was fabulous to meet the team @beyorg to carry out some brand training and equally fabulous to see @albusandflora in their beautiful stores! If you are ever in Hong Kong I would highly recommend a visit and I am thrilled to be part of their collection of beautiful natural beauty brands. 😍✨🌿
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