Busy lifestyles and the daily stresses of city living can take a toll on how you look and feel. Factors such as smoke, pollution, poor diet and stress promote free radicals within the body which harm cells and can contribute to premature aging and cell damage. Fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, thinning skin, weak and dull hair, and splitting nails are some of the signs of ageing and environmental damage we may experience as our body ages. Collagen and elastin are the main proteins that are responsible for strength and elasticity in the skin. As we age, collagen is exposed to various elements that can damage its structure or slow down its repair and renewal, including:
Environmental stressors such as pollution, UV exposure, cigarette smoke, pesticides, certain prescription drugs, weather changes, poor air qualityLifestyle factors such as stress, poor diet, poor fluid intake, and nutritional deficiencies that further affect collagen and also trigger more damaging molecules to be produced.