What ages your skin... Besides aging?

WHAT AGES YOUR SKIN... BESIDES AGING?

While skin aging is both beautiful and inevitable, we’d prefer for it to happen due to its main, natural reason: aging. But did you know that various factors in your day-to-day life can contribute to accelerating the aging process in your skin, resulting in premature signs of aging? 

Now, what can this mean for your skin? In reality, there’s no definite answer, as premature signs of aging can show up on the skin in various ways, like skin discoloration, sensitivity, loss of elasticity leading to a decrease in plump- and smoothness, texture changes, as well as wrinkles, and fine lines. Luckily, there’re ways to keep your skin smooth, vital and silky-soft – and protected. It’s all about knowing the triggers. In this blogpost, we'll dive into some of the factors that induce aging signs on the skin before its time and how to counteract them. The most important remedy? Prevention. In other words: Keeping the effects from ever settling on your skin. So, without further ado: It’s time to unmask the culprits.

Sun Exposure

Sun exposure will always be our number one suspect when it comes to determining the reason behind premature signs of aging. Actually, UV radiation is one of the known primary causes, as it leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin – which are important components that provide elasticity in the skin, helping to keep it firm, bouncy, and smooth.

But we’re not here to spoil your beach adventures. The sun also has multiple benefits for us, so we’d never want to promote a bad conscience for catching some rays. All we’re saying is that you’re doing your skin a (huge) favor when popping on a sun hat, sunglasses, and, of course, protecting your skin with SPF while absorbing some well-deserved vitamin D (and yes, this tip is equally as important during winter). So, if you haven’t tried woods_ sunscreens, this is your sign! Infused with antioxidants, vitamins, and calming aloe vera – not to mention broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays to make the indulgence full circle. 

… Oh, and we’d always recommend staying out of direct sun between 12 and 3 PM, as the sun is the strongest in this time range. Trust us, it will make a difference.

Environmental pollutants

They really are good for nothing, huh? Truth is, our skin is exposed to harmful pollutants probably every single day. Besides leading to general skin damage and inflammation, pollution can degrade collagen and elastin in the skin, causing premature aging signs like the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. 

Preventing premature signs of aging caused by pollution involves a combination of protective measures and a consistent skincare routine. In short, barrier protection, antioxidant skincare, hydration, and SPF should be top of mind (and your skin). 

Unhealthy lifestyle choices

Look, we aren't perfect ourselves. Who doesn’t love indulging yourself with chocolate, fast food, or a nice drink? We know we do. But our skin… not so much (unfortunately). 

Nutrients, vitamins, omega fatty acids – the list goes on. They’re all beneficial on so many parameters, including for our skin. Try to eat balanced and make sure your body and skin gets all the components it needs and deserves to stay strong, healthy, and resilient. And remember: A balanced diet doesn’t mean exclusion of the things you love – moderation is key. Truly, it’s all about habits, and habits can take time to turn around.

And speaking of habits… as you might know, smoking is a known cause of accelerating the skin’s aging process, as the toxins in tobacco can affect the skin’s blood flow, thereby decreasing moisture and breaking down collagen and elastin, ultimately leading to wrinkles. So, we hope that it comes as no surprise why we couldn’t finish this list without mentioning this culprit. And we know quitting is tough, but if you needed another reason to do so, you got it.

And let’s just throw a *very* important side note in here: Your genetics can play a role in your skin’s appearance and development – also when it comes to aging signs. So, if your skin isn’t acting the way you’d like it to, don’t be too quick to blame yourself. Instead, use your energy on looking into preventative and treating measures that can help you achieve the results you desire (like the ones we’ll go through below). 

Preventive & treating measures

We’ve now gone through some of the primary offenders responsible for premature signs of aging. And though aging is a beautiful thing, and we like to believe every wrinkle has its own story, we’d like to do it with grace. Therefore, we’ve gathered some woods_ favorites that can help counteract and target premature signs of aging. 

Intense Peel Mask

Tightening, rejuvenating, and exfoliating. The benefits of Intense Peel Mask are endless, especially when we’re looking to combat dull skin, even out skin pigmentation, and address premature signs of aging. Besides its collagen-boosting formula, this wonderworker effectively nourishes and balances the skin while triggering the production of new cells to leave a fresher, more vital complexion that both feels and appears renewed.

Vitamin E Serum

Never underestimate the powers of a good serum. The key of our Vitamin E Serum is, you guessed it, vitamin E. With its restorative properties, this powerful vitamin helps strengthen the skin's natural barrier to fend off early signs of aging. Thanks to a blend of enriching ingredients, the formula works to keep the skin smooth, revitalized, and protected against external offendors. Remember, it can't replace your SPF – but they work wonders together!

Vitamin A Treatment Cream

With the abilities to both boost the skin’s regeneration, renewal, and natural collagen production, this product is a true musthave if you dream of a smooth, even-toned, and collagen-rich complexion. Vitamin A Treatment Cream is enriched with the powerful vitamin A, which works its magic on a deep cellular level, blended with Nordic nutrients and ceramides to leave the skin visibly healthier and more balanced. Excuse us, while we’re heading to checkout…

Vitamin Lifting Serum

Last, but definitely not least – rather, we’re finishing strong with this one. With a high concentration of active ingredients and antioxidants, our Vitamin Lifting Serum enhances a dewier, more youthful complexion. The main character of the formula is the powerful peptide argireline, which possesses Botox-like properties with abilities to promote the skin’s natural collagen production and slow down the muscle movement that leads to wrinkle formation. Peptides, amino acids, and sodium PCA further help to visibly reduce fine lines, redefine facial contours, strengthen, and intensely hydrate the skin for plumping and smoothing effects.

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