According to the American Academy of Dermatology
• Production of collagen and elastin slows down a dramatic 65% between ages 20 and 80. WHAT !!!
• The sun causes 90%–95% of the wrinkles, lines, as well as brown, red and white discoloration on our bodies. YEP that I knew – cue my love of hats !
Actinic ageing is caused by external factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol use, poor nutrition, and sun exposure, with 90% of premature facial ageing attributed to sun damage. Visible signs of actinic ageing include wrinkling, sagging, discolouration, pigmented spots, thin skin, spidery lines, and lack of colour.
BUT the good news is actinic ageing can be treated with targeted skincare, sun protection and nutrition as a working combination. HOORAY there is hope for my face yet !!