Summary of the issue

"Senescent” skin

Senescence: a nice word to describe a less pleasant reality that concerns us all: the degradation and aging of our cells (and therefore of the skin). Senescence refers to the natural physiological process behind the sagging of the skin or the appearance of wrinkles. Can we do anything about this process? We’ll tell you everything.

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What is aging skin?

The natural aging of the skin is part of everyone's genetic make-up and is therefore genetically programmed. But skin aging is also largely influenced by external factors, such as the sun's rays. What does this actually mean? What are the visible and invisible signs of this process? Can these external factors be influenced? (Spoiler: yes, they can).

Understanding skin aging

Senescence: changes on the inside that show on the outside

Over time, the "natural" mechanisms at work in the maintenance and health of the skin deteriorate. It produces less sebum, fewer melanocytes (the cells that pigment the skin), cell renewal slows down, collagen and hyaluronic acid – which are involved in supporting the skin – become scarcer. 
The visible consequences of this senescence: firstly, wrinkles and fine lines appear, accompanied by a loss of radiance and elasticity of the skin. Then the wrinkles deepen, the skin is less firm. Finally, it loses volume and density and is less comfortable. In short: like you, your skin has many lives. But while this perfectly natural phenomenon cannot be prevented, it is possible to slow down the aging of the skin by adopting new habits.
How do wrinkles form?

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FRIENDLY (AND EXPERT) ADVICE What are the factors that accelerate skin aging? 

These are external factors, mainly related to our lifestyles. If you overexpose yourself without proper protection, the sun is your skin's worst enemy. It is the main cause of skin cancers and also accelerates the aging of the epidermis. Wrinkles on the décolletage, for example, are mostly caused by the sun. Atmospheric pollutants also play a role by weakening the hydrolipidic film that protects the skin. Tobacco is also particularly harmful, for the body of course, and for the skin. The cause is a cocktail of toxic substances that degrade the fundamental structures of the dermis, such as collagen. 

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To protect against these skin enemies, daily moisturizing is essential.

During the day

Moisturize, smooth, tighten and revive: these are your daily objectives. Choose a daytime care product that combines active ingredients capable of fulfilling these tasks without sacrificing your skin's comfort. Applied after a serum, a cream or emulsion " lifts " the skin without freezing your features. 
A word of advice: don't forget to add sun protection to your routine if you are exposed to the sun. 


At night

While you sleep, your skin is working. To help it regenerate even better, choose a care product in the form of an ultra-comfortable balm with smoothing powers. To be combined with the application of a serum for better efficiency and a fresh and rested complexion in the morning!

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