Thinner skin, fine lines, sagging and wrinkles can be the first visible signs of ageing and illness. These changes can also be attributed to environmental factors, genetics, harsh skincare or make up, unbalanced nutrition, smoking, sun exposure and more. Unfortunately, light-skinned and blue-eyed people seem to show more visible signs of ageing earlier that dark-skinned and dark-eyed people.
How does our skin age?
Our skin is very complex and has many layers: The three main ones are the epidermis (top layer), the dermis (middle layer) and the subcutaneous (inner layer). Each layer is comprised of connective tissue with collagen fibers to give support and elastin fibers to provide flexibility and strength.
Our epidermis will start to thin before other layers in our skin. The pigment-containing cells start to decrease, while the few pigment cells left behind increase in size and become larger age spots and tend to appear in areas that have been previously exposed to the sun. Skin starts to look thin, clearer and paler. The skin’s strength and elasticity start to reduce, initially in sun exposed areas, and for people like farmers who spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, their skin may start to look leathery.
Our blood vessels in our dermis become more fragile, resulting in bleeding under the skin with a bruise-like appearance. As we age, our sebaceous glands produce less oil which results in dry, itchy skin. Our sweat glands produce less sweat making it harder for our skin to regulate its own temperature and this, with our fat layers thinning, greatly increases the risk of skin injury and infection.
As we age, it is likely that we will have less sense to touch, pressure, vibration, heat, and cold. Ageing skin repairs itself up to 4 times slower than younger skin. Lowered immunity and medications can further slow healing and increase aging. Good nutrition and adequate fluids are essential for skin health and healing. Dehydration increases the risk of skin injury. A tip for all ageing skins is a moist skin is more comfortable and will heal more quickly.
How can Au Natural help?
There is no question and certainly science backs up the fact that New Zealand Manuka Honey has a positive effect on compromised skin. In fact, it speeds up the healing process, and with daily use over a period of 6 months, skin will present thicker on the epidermis and will regain strength. Our skin can then use its own defences to control ageing and common skin problems. New Zealand Manuka Honey is anti-bacterial in nature, which means that it will use nature to control bad bacteria in your skin and grow good bacteria instead. Overall New Zealand Manuka Honey effectively protects your skin from environmental damage and slows the ageing process down.
Au’s proven formulation will definitely make a difference to your skin. The healing power of New Zealand Active Manuka Honey combined with the regenerating properties of Pure New Zealand Bee Venom will firm, plum and restore your skin to good health. Healthy skin is not the result of quick ‘miracle’ treatments, but the combination of high-quality natural products, balanced nutrition and healthy lifestyle. Click here to find out more about the science of Au Natural and how it can help you achieve healthier skin.