5 important aspects of treating ageing skin

5 important aspects of treating ageing skin

Understanding the many products and ingredients available to treat ageing skin can be very confusing and often intimidating!

I suggest you look for products that address 5 important aspects of treating the skin.
1. Products that Quenches Free Radicals (unstable molecules that break down collagen and elastin)
2. Inhibits MMP’S (Matrix Metalloproteinase,) these degrade our collagen and elastin
3. Ingredients to Stimulate cell renewal and cell turnover, this slows as we age.
4. Stimulates collagen synthesis remember we are losing 1% of collagen from our dermis every year after our 30th birthday!
5. Hydrate and reinforce the barrier lipid layer that protects our tissues and skin that keeps the lower layers nicely

Dermalogica have formulated the AGE smart™ to address all of these aspects.

AGE Smart® contains scientifically advanced ingredients proven to impact the major biochemical reactions that contribute to skin ageing before they start, so your skin is left smoother, firmer and healthier. The advanced ingredients used in the AGE Smart® segment include:

  • Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide: a peptide that acts as a sugar trap, binding sugars in the body to itself to prevent the formation of AGEs.
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5: stimulates collagen synthesis, helps firm skin and overrides the effects of MMPs. Activates Tissue Growth Factor (TGF), a peptide that is required in its active state for collagen production to occur.
  • Glucosamine: controls the formation of AGEs, stimulates formation of Hyaluronic Acid and collagen and helps control agerelated hyperpigmentation.
  • Yeast Extract: helps stimulate wound healing, collagen formation and increases oxygen utilization in skin.
  • Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose): oil that conditions skin, restoring softness and suppleness.
  • Colloidal Oatmeal and Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew): help calm irritated skin.
  • Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf: rich in polyphenols; protects against free radical damage (ROS), fights the formation of AGEs and inhibits MMPs.
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate: stabilised Vitamin C derivative and antioxidant that scavenges free radicals and neutralises Free Radicals generated as a result of UV exposure; stimulates collagen biosynthesis.
  • UGL Complex (Glucosamine HCl, Urea, Yeast Extract and Algae Extract): exfoliates and smoothes skin surface, firms tissue reducing appearance of photoaged skin. Helps establish a better barrier to maintain hydrated tissues (stimulates involucrin that binds ceramides).
  • Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract: fights bags and under eye dark circles while strengthening blood capillaries and increasing blood mircrocirculation. Reinforces structural support tissue to maintain skin firmness. Contains Esculin and Fraxin, two components that decrease permeability of capillaries and provide antioxidant benefits, to prevent breakdown of hemoglobin (dark colour under eye area).
  • Caffeine: helps address redness and puffiness by constricting capillaries.
  • Niacinamide: stimulates collagen synthesis while reinforcing barrier function of epidermis. Helps strengthen blood vessels to avoid leakage of fluid


AGE Smart® is the intelligent investment in your future skin.


Simple put, sensitive skin hurts!

Sensitive, red, irritated skin is a frustrating disruption to everyday life. You’re are not alone: up to 90% of the population perceives their own skin sensitive. But, do you really have sensitive skin? or is your skin sensitised, meaning the itching, redness and sensitivity is a result or environmental assaults? Take a look at the differences between these two conditions that share a similar result.

sensitive skin . . .

  • Those who have very fair skin and are usually of Northern European ancestry have a genetic predisposition towards sensitive skin. this could be caused by the lower amount of pigment and thinner epidermal layer, allowing for easier access of potentially- irritating ingredients.
  • People with sensitive skin have more histamine readily produced in the body. The result is a more hypersensitive skin, waiting to react at any opportunity.

versus sensitised skin . . . 

  • Sensitized skin isn’t caused by a genetic predisposition. It can affect anyone, any age, of any race who is exposed to environmental assaults.

and what they have in common.

  • Symptoms and triggers are the same for these conditions, as both experience itching, burning, dryness, flushing and stinging.

Sensitive and sensitized skins suffer from a weekend lipid barrier that’s unable to shield against assaults that increase moisture loss and skin dehydration. Dehydrated skin cells function poorly and skin’s immunity weakens, creating a higher risk for skin diseases (rocacea, eczema, psoriasis) and infection from irritants that contribute to skin sensitization.

Some of the Dermalogica Products suggested for your SENSITIVE SKIN may include:

  • UltraCalming Cleanser – Gentle gel/cream removes impurities without stripping the skin
  • UltraCalmimg Mist – A soothing, hydrating mist that quickly relieves sensitivity.
  • UltraCalming Relief Masque – Soothing masque for relief of Sensitization, redness and flare-ups.
  • UltraCalming Serum Concentrate – The calming, restoring antidote for stressed, sensitized skin.
  • Barrier Repair – Unique anhydrous (waterless) moistuizer fortifies and shields against assault.

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