Not many people know it, but the skin is the body’s largest organ. It is made up of 3 main layers that form your protective barrier against the outside world:
- Epidermis – visible top layer of skin
- Dermis – the middle layer containing the skin’s supporting structures like elastin, collagen and moisture
- Subcutis – lowest level of skin acting as a shock absorber
There is much more to the skin than meets the eye, as its overall quality, moisture retaining ability and general resilience are determined underneath the visible skin layer in the dermis.
Skin & ageing:
The visible signs of ageing are a result of the changes occurring in the middle dermis skin layer. As we age, the dermis begins to notice a decrease in elastin, collagen and moisture and this damage caused to the skin’s structural elements are seen on the outer epidermal in the form of lines and wrinkles and sagging, dull and dry skin. Though you may think these changes begin much later in life, you may be surprised to find out that depleting collagen production begins around the mid-twenties and accelerates as soon as we hit the age of 30. As collagen fibres bundle together, elastin also begins to lose its “spring”, which causes the dermis to lose density.
Dermatologists strongly believe that around 90% of skin ageing is down to external factors like the environment, UV damage and our overall lifestyle. UV light, stress, smoking, alcohol and pollution all produce free radicals, which are your skin’s worst enemy! Free radicals work by causing oxidative stress to our cells and results in damage and ageing. This is where antioxidants come into play, by neutralising and eliminating free radical damage and maintaining our skin’s health. Therefore, as we age and our skin becomes more vulnerable, our need for additional antioxidants increases.
Whereas most facial creams and lotions work to improve the appearance of the skin’s health on the visible epidermis layer, Imedeen is different and gets to work on the middle dermis layer as this is where your skin needs the most care. Imedeen can therefore provide you with a more effective skin care treatment that will prevent skin ageing and keep you looking younger for longer.