Although the term is not that widely known, “inflammageing” describes the inflammatory processes which cause premature ageing. Moreover, recent studies show there is more and more scientific evidence supporting its effect on the health and appearance of our skin. In this post, we reveal everything you need to know about inflammageing of the skin and how to deal with it naturally and effectively.
What is inflammageing and how does it affect our skin?
In the beauty industry, the term “inflammageing” often refers to the connection between chronic inflammation and premature skin ageing. When our skin becomes inflamed, whether due to internal or external factors, an inflammatory response occurs that can speed up the ageing process. Inflammation can trigger the production of free radicals that damage skin cells and reduce their ability to produce collagen and elastin, leading to premature wrinkles and fine lines. Additionally, chronic inflammation can weaken the skin’s protective barrier, resulting in less firm and elastic skin. It can also trigger excessive melanin production, causing blemishes and uneven skin tone.
Skin texture can also be affected, giving our skin a rough, dull appearance. This why it’s important to take care of our skin with products and treatments that use ingredients that soothe, helping to prevent chronic inflammation issues and maintain a healthy, youthful appearance for longer.
Ingredients that prevent and treat inflammageing:
Allantoin: This traditional skincare ingredient continues to be one of the go-to molecules for calming and moisturising the skin. Extracted from comfrey leaves, it repairs and softens even the most stressed skins.
Panthenol: Classic ingredients might not be trendy in today’s modern world, but their proven track record means skin is often safest in their hands. Among the most conventional compounds is panthenol, known to soothe irritated or sensitive skin. Being a powerful moisturiser, it helps minimise the effect mechanical stress has on our skin.
Mallow Flower Extract: As the ancient Greeks used to say, “Sow a mallow plant in your home and you will have a pantry and a first-aid kit all in one”. Despite the change in times, mallow continues to be highly regarded when it comes to remedying very irritated skin. Its ability to soothe, moisturise and calm itchy skin is almost unrivalled.
Spent Grain Wax: Although in vitro and in vivo tests have long proven it to be a valid alternative to traditional antihistamine creams, the skincare benefits of this food industry by-product had been relegated to only being recognised by small designer beauty brands – Until the “upcycling” trend became the next big thing.
How to keep your skin healthy and happy with your skincare faves…
If you are looking for an effective solution to improve the appearance and health of your skin, as well as to reduce the effects of chronic inflammation, Nutritive Repair Emulsion is an excellent option. In addition to harnessing the power of the four active ingredients we previously mentioned, this moisturiser also contains other highly skin-beneficial compounds, making it the ideal choice for keeping your skin healthy and radiant long term.