What is Skin Metabolism?

Sarah Brown is the founder of Pai Skincare. Entrepreneur, mum and sensitive-skinned soul.

Did you know that your skin has a metabolism…? No, really.

Guggul Oil, one of the breakthrough ingredients in our Age Confidence Oil is one of the most exciting organic discoveries to come out of Pai HQ. Guggul Oil actually increases the skin’s metabolism for a brighter, revitalised complexion.

Whilst carrying out research trials for the product, we found out that loads of people didn’t know there was such a thing as skin metabolism! Here’s some more information on skin metabolism and how to keep it in tip-top condition…

Your skin’s metabolic rate works in a similar way to your digestive metabolism. It measures how fast cells ‘communicate’ with each other, respond and take action.

When your skin’s metabolic rate is ticking over nicely – cells self-exfoliate, UV damage is repaired and collagen production remains consistent.

However, like all biological systems, the metabolism of your skin slows down as you age – which is why we may begin to notice fine lines and wrinkles around the same time as we discover we can no longer scoff three slices of cake and not gain weight!

The skin’s metabolic rate can be slowed down even further by external aggressors such as smoking, sun exposure and sugar – each of which contributes to dullness, dark spots and wrinkles.

Just like your digestive metabolism, your skin’s metabolism can be kick-started at any age through simple habits and lifestyle choices. Age Confidence is all about taking control of your skin health, so follow my top tips for radiant, bright and alert skin!

Eat leafy greens & oily fish

Up your intake of antioxidant and Omega-rich foods such as leafy green vegetables, dark berries and oily fish. Antioxidants help to repair skin cell damage whilst Omegas plump cells and actively increase cell turnover.

Facial Massage

Incorporating simple facial massage techniques into your skincare regime morning and night helps to increase blood flow to skin cells. This rush of oxygenated blood repairs broken cell links, and instantly jump starts sluggish skin metabolism.


Protect from UV & Free Radicals

Did you know sun damage accounts for a huge 90% of premature ageing? Be sensible – don’t fry your skin in strong sunlight; wear protection and stay out of the midday sun.  A little bit of sunlight is good for us – it’s a real case of everything in (safe!) moderation.

Stop Smoking!

If you needed another reason to quit – smoking seriously slows down your skin metabolism hence why smokers tend to be more wrinkle-prone than non-smokers.

Smoking damages the mitochondria of your skin’s cells – essentially the part of the cell that process nutrients and turns them into energy. Once these are damaged the communication between cells decreases, breaking down collagen bonds.

So, are you going to help kick-start your skin’s metabolism?

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