Mature, ageing skin
Mature, ageing skin is driven by age and environmental factors that cause oxidative damage to the skin. Sun exposure, stress levels and lifestyle choices – along with the innate aging process – present the skin with a dull tone, uneven pigmentation or sun spots, fine lines or wrinkles that accompany dryness and sagging due to natural collagen depletion.
Dry skin conditions depend on how well your body can produce oil and maintain water balance in the body. Age, incorrect product use and certain medications’ side effects can decrease sebaceous gland activity, compromising the skin’s oil production.
Sensitive skin can flare up red, become agitated, sting or burn at the slightest provocation. Hereditary aspects are one aspect of this with higher histamine levels. But weather, allergies, sensitivities, environmental pollution, skin care products, sleep, hormonal change, stress and dehydration (amongst other things that may be personal triggers) are also at play. Any of these factors can cause an increased inflammatory response in the body, typically presenting as rosacea, eczema or hyper-reactive skin.
Waking up with a shiny gloss is a true attribute of oil-prone skin. The oiliness of your skin can depend on stage of life, time of year or the weather. A hormonal imbalance can affect how much oil is produced. Those going through puberty have more oil production than those experiencing menopause, where the skin tends towards dryness.
Hormonal change, enlarged pores or poor bowel movements can all attribute to acne-prone skin. These skin types tend to break out more easily than their cohorts. While age can sometimes determine if it’s hormonal, bacterial or genetic, the severity and consistency can be the same for all acne-prone skin.