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Insight into inflammaging

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A relatively new term in skincare, inflammaging refers to ageing that’s caused by chronic, low-grade inflammation.

The experts at Lamelle Research Laboratories point out that one of the main triggers of inflammaging is stress. They continue: “Many other lifestyle factors contribute too, including exposure to pollution, smoking, a poor diet and unprotected sun exposure.

“Inflammation isn’t always bad. In fact, it’s your body’s way of putting up a red flag that says ‘I’m hurt’, allowing for a chain reaction of healing to take place. However, when your body is perpetually under attack from all the aggressors we mentioned before, it results in subtle yet chronic inflammation that ‘simmers’ in your skin, creating a laundry list of unwanted effects. These include a loss of collagen and elastin resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as a nose dive in hyaluronic acid and GlycosAminoGlycans (GAGs), which means drier, thinner skin with a rougher texture.

“There will also be an increase in MMPs (enzymes that essentially destroy your collagen), an uptick in hyperpigmentation and the increased expression of PGE-2, an inflammatory hormone that’s linked to skin cancer and poor wound healing.”

The Lamelle experts recommend that salons use skincare products formulated with actives that target the three root causes of ageing, namely cell stagnation, damaging enzymes and chronic inflammation.

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