Ageing! Is it all in the genes?

We have two contributing factors to how we age:

  • Intrinsic Ageing, which is known as chronological ageing - the inevitable, genetically determined process that naturally occurs to all of us. It is out of our hands and it counts for 50% of how we age.


  • Extrinsic Ageing, which counts for the other 50% and is the part of ageing that goes above and beyond genetics. It involves lifestyle, environment, stress, diet, pollution, and lack of sleep. Good news is, these are all factors that we can control.


What happens to the skin when we age?

1. Loss of volume +
decreased collagen and elastin production

2. Dullness and roughness in texture

3. Sensitivity

4. Irregular pigmentation and uneven skin tone

5. Fine lines and wrinkles

These signs and symptoms are an indication of biological changes to skin structure and function.

Some of these factors are the consequence of Intrinsic Ageing, but in most cases, environment and lifestyle factors (aka Extrinsic Ageing) have accelerated them, resulting in what's called premature skin ageing.


How do we combat Extrinsic Ageing?

The good news is we have some fantastic ways to help fight the signs of Extrinsic Ageing. Prevention is key!

1. Protect your skin from the sun every single day. Whether spending a day at the beach or running errands, sun protection is essential. You should use Sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, SPF 30 (or higher). You should apply sunscreen every day to all skin that is not covered by clothing.

2. Smoking! Smoking greatly speeds up how quickly skin ages. It causes wrinkles and a dull, sallow complexion.

3. Try to eat a well-balanced diet. Findings from research studies also suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate Ageing.

4. Care for your skin. Look carefully at your skincare regime. Have a skin consultation to find out exactly what your skin needs.

5. Exercise. Try to exercise regularly, this improves circulation can give the skin a more-youthful appearance.


So with all the information & education, we have available, the two points we can help with here at Skinmart are Skincare & Suncare.

When it comes to skincare, look for active ingredients like Vitamin A, B, C & Peptides.

When we are looking at suncare, make sure you have a broad spectrum SPF, at least 30+.

My go-to for Ageing comes from the Medik8 Philosophy CSA, which stands for Vitamin C in the morning followed with Sunscreen, then Vitamin A at night.

Here are my personal anti-ageing favourites from Medik8

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Restore radiance and fight visible signs of ageing with C-Tetra, a super-light daily vitamin C serum. Utilising the antioxidant power of vitamin C and E, the hydrating serum brightens and smooths the complexion, while fighting free radicals to reduce visible signs of ageing.

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Physical Sunscreen is a high-performance SPF30 sunscreen that provides powerful broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. Fast-absorbing and rich in natural antioxidants, it is light enough for everyday use and strong enough to defend against all signs of photo-ageing.


Rediscover youthful skin with Crystal Retinal! Formulated with stabilised retinal, a powerful derivative of vitamin A with next-generation anti-ageing results. Unmatched in its age-defying power, retinal delivers results comparable to clinical-grade vitamin A up to 11 times faster than classic forms of retinol.

We are here to help with any skin concerns & product information you need.

Reach out to us on or book a Complimentary Skin Consultation with one of our Skin Therapists here!

About the Author

My name is Rochelle, I have been lucky enough to be in the Beauty Industry for over 30 years helping clients achieve amazing results with their skin.

With 3 children of my own, I understand life is busy, so I'd love to help you find the best regimen that works for you and your lifestyle!

Having owned my own traditional based Beauty Salon and time in the Laser Industry, I've learnt that my passion lies in results-driven skin treatments and products. I feel so fortunate to have the most amazing brands at my fingertips. This allows me to give the best possible treatment and home care advice you need to achieve the skin you desire.

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