You know those cute couple names? Do you have one? Where you mash up your name with your partner’s name? Or your BFFs?
Mine and my partners – it’s not really a keeper unlike our 16-year relationship 😂 Cheryl and Rich – our friends call us CherRich.
The best one ever is our friends Karl and Mandy – Kandy. Don’t you love it?
And then there’s – inflammaging. Inflammation + aging.
It’s something to be aware of if you’re concerned about skin aging – which psst – we should all be because like I talk you through in my online course AgeLock, looking after your skin age has humungous benefits for your internal body health. It’s absolutely shocking and scientifically beautiful.
So here’s the deal my friend, by the end of this short blog you will know;
- Exactly what inflammaging is
- How inflammaging happens in your skin
- 3 key causes of inflammaging and what you can be doing to help stop it now
Sounds pretty awesome right? So let’s get going…
What the Heck is Inflammaging of Skin?
It’s like in those whodunnit films – we need a villain right? Like ageing sunlight or the fact someone smoked a packet a day for 20 years. But what if there wasn’t a villain? What if you couldn’t reach out across the Cluedo board and point your finger at whodunnit?
This is the concept of inflammaging.
A generalised, naked to your visible eye inflammation level in your skin which raises your skin’s stress levels and therefore depletes your skin health battery.
There isn’t just one villain. There’s a family of them – and sometimes what you’re doing to help stop proactive ageing of your skin can be the exact cause of inflammaging. Come see what I mean.
3 Major Causes of Inflammaging Skin
Plus what to do to help stop inflammaging.
1. Going nutty over anti-ageing skincare
Isn’t it the easiest to do? Over using effective skincare is one of the major causes of skin inflammaging. Because there is a sweet spot – use an anti-aging skincare serum too often, or use the wrong percentage for your special skin type and you could be causing aging not preventing it.
It’s like the fine line between high heels which have you confidently strutting with a Tyra Banks Smize in your eyes to skyscraper stiletto heels that have you walking like a chicken and wincing in pain as blisters bubble up on the bottom of your toes.
A great thing can become an exponentially bad thing when done the wrong way.
Use the right concentration for your skin age and you’ll be getting healthier, happier, more youthful skin that glows like a moonbeam. Use a too potent concentration and you’re causing inflammaging.
Psst – I talk you through how to find the right concentration and then select the right anti-aging serum from my secret anti-aging skincare library inside AgeLock – check it out here.
2. Going to bed after midnight
Notice how I’m not saying getting less sleep, but specifically going to bed after midnight. This can be a major cause of inflammaging skin and the reason for shock headlines like Vox’s – Why being a night owl may lead to earlier death.
It’s all because your body has something called clock cells. Well technically they’re called circadian rhythm cells, but there’s no need to be fancy here 😉
These clock cells regulate pretty much everything your body’s doing right now and for the rest of today, your week and heck your lifetime.
Clock cells regulate hormone release, insulin secretion, growth and repair enzymes, blood sugar levels, inflammation levels. The list is huge.
They’re awesomely important and the reason why jet lag is so tough on your body.
It’s why going to bed after midnight can really mess with your body. It’s putting your body into a state of jet lag because your body’s still wanting to wake up at the same time the next morning. Which is usually when or just after the sun rises.
Your sleep quality during the night’s darkest, quietest (no birdies tweeting) hours – so those just before and after midnight are your body’s prime time opportunity for a powerful refuel.
Studies show people who go to bed later and or get fewer hours of good quality sleep – can show prediabetic blood sugar profiles after just 3 weeks.
Psst – high blood sugar levels which is the sign of diabetes are incredibly stressful for your skin and can directly cause skin aging. It’s why the skin of people with diabetes ages faster.
Crazy extra fact – going to bed later – so what scientists call circadian disruption and sleep restriction can lead to a slowing of your metabolic rate. This 2013 study published in the Journal of Translational Medicine finds an 8% drop in metabolic rate which would mean a gain in 12.5 pounds over a year – not because you’re eating more, but because your ‘burn rate’ is lower.
Bottom line – going to bed after midnight puts your body into a state of jet lag which causes inflammation and inflammaging to your skin. The solution is super simple – sleep hygiene 😃
This my friend is one of the key reasons why when someone comes to me looking for help with a long-term skin condition like acne or rosacea or eczema – I will always, always work with them on the key 3 pillars of healthy, happy skin – skincare, diet and lifestyle. Skincare can’t do it all alone.
3. Dehydrated Skin/Always Dehydrated Skin
Can you hold your hand up to this one? I 1000% can. My skin just naturally tends towards dehydration and if you’re not using the right skincare to help heal and compensate for this then it can be a key cause of inflammaging in your skin.
Here’s the deal, skin that’s dehydrated is like a raincoat with holes in it. Bear with me while I explain 🙂
See your skin’s like a shield, it works just like a raincoat, its top layers are full of oils and waxes which make you waterproof and help protect your delicate skin cells against dust, bacteria, viruses, pollen particles, pollution and more.
Your skin shield is super-dooperly important because when bits like pollution particles get let into your skin they cause inflammation and you guessed it – inflammaging.
But not for you my friend, because you’re here with me reading this now.
So just how do you tell if your skin shield’s depleted?
Answer: you tell by whether your skin’s able to lock in hydration effectively, because when it’s not – that’s when your raincoat aka your skin shield has holes in it. Holes that let out skin hydration and let in the villains. Infalmmaging territory.
Now correcting your skin’s chronic dehydration isn’t as simple as using a hydrating serum – that’s because hydrating serums add more water to your skin but don’t seal up those holes in your skin’s raincoat. The villains can still come in (!) To seal up those holes what you actually need are skin-identical barrier formers like cholesterol, fatty acids and ceramides, I’m talking you through exactly how to do this inside AgeLock.
There you have it my beautiful friend. 3 major causes of inflammaging skin. Now tell me, which one of these three do you think’s the biggest factor for you? Oh, and will you use that big green sharing button below to pass this onto a friend you love? 💛🙏
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist, skin health expert & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim’s to help you get healthier, happier skin you feel comfortable, confident and like the freakin’ awesomesauce you are in. Select the option which best describes your skin health here to see and hear the amazing transformations you could be getting.