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.

  • Sorry for the lack of posts recently everyone! It’s been a hectic few months and sometimes we all need a little space (and break from social media) to get our creative juices flowing again! ⠀
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I’m at my happiest analysing the latest research & skincare ingredients but the day to day pressures of building the brand have pulled me away recently from the heart of @albusandflora and what I love...finally I am back to being a skincare geek and it feels sooooo good to be surrounded by research papers and samples! ⠀
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Can’t wait to get back in the lab and start turning creative ideas into real formulations ..⠀
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  • Nude Flora has been such popular shade this month.  A subtle peachy nude that gives the lips a sheer yet neutral look.  Looks great on all skin tones, and particularly pretty on fair complexions & hair colours. ⁣A favourite with those who are not a fan of pink or red shades! ⁣⠀
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  • Lovely girlie ski day over the weekend with @_yoga_in_nature_⠀
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sun, snow, blue skies and a cheeky glass of vino.... perfect!!! ☀️😍⛷🥂 ⠀
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so nice to have time away from the office, for a little R & R! ⠀
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  • Lots of lovely Naked Flora arriving with our stockists in Hong Kong and Spain this week!⠀
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UVA rays are present all year round irrespective of season, and are just as strong and damaging to the skin on cloudy days as sunny days...... but as we move from winter, to spring to summer the strength of UVB rays begins to increase and can cause further damage and result in dry peeling lips. ⠀
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If you are off skiing this half term and Easter, it’s worth knowing that the strength of both UVA and UVB increases by 10% with every 1000m climbed - unprotected skin on the face and lips can burn very easily. So make sure you apply broad spectrum UVA/UVB spf30 protection and apply regularly through the day.

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  • Meet Toby, the cutest skier on the hill, and the son of my lovely friends, totally loving the fact he said "my lipstick mummy" a boy after my own heart! ⠀
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Never too early to teach good sun & skincare, and with lots of lovely snow, brilliant blue sunny skies and half term skiing just round the corner,  protection against UV damage is key.⠀
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Protect the whole family, with our balms which offer full UVA/UVB SPF30, protect against cold sores (which are often activated by high UV loads) and are packed full of natural oils to nourish & hydrate.  Clear for the boys and children and a range of sheer tinted balms for those who like a little shine and colour. ⠀
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....and if anyone is looking for a great ski instructor for family, individual or corporate groups then check out Toby’s dad @slideskicoach ⠀
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  • Sneaky little peak at our bespoke make-up bags, available soon! Each one lovingly hand sewn & unique, with a washable, removable liner that sits perfectly within the bag to protect against those annoying yet inevitable make-up spillages! ⠀
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