Ageing is a natural process, and begins from the moment we are born and continues every second of our lives. However, certain aspects of our lifestyle can work to accelerate the skin ageing process, and there are certain scientific reasons behind this.

Sun Exposure

Excess exposure to sunlight is one of the leading causes of skin ageing, and is the result of the absorption of ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Absorption of UV rays occurs due to melanin granules in the epidermal cells on the surface of the skin. Exposure to UVA and UVB rays stimulates the production of melanin in our skin, causing an increase in pigmentation in the skin, which is characterised by a ‘skin tan’.

Excessive exposure to these rays over time breaks down collagen and elastin in the skin, leading to fine lines and wrinkles as well as sun spots and a more leathery skin texture. This leaves the skin looking older and unhealthy.


Smoking is a lifestyle choice that seriously affects how the skin ages.

Smoking tobacco products reduces the body’s supply of Vitamin A and the absorption of Vitamin C, both of which are essential in slowing the aging process.

On top of this, smoking shrinks the body’s capillaries, which in turn restricts blood flow and prevents oxygen and vitamins from being delivered to the skin, on top of the 4,000 poisonous chemicals being delivered into the body with each cigarette. This works to gradually break down the skin’s collagen, leaving skin looking thin and unhealthy and leaving deep lines that cannot be reversed naturally.

Bad Diet

It’s not just a saying: you are what you eat. By eating a poor diet, you potentially miss out on the essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that nourish and hydrate the skin, which protect it and help to stimulate its repair.

Over time, a bad diet leads to decreased cellular repair, and decreases the production of collagen and elastin. This leaves skin looking dehydrated, wrinkled and generally unhealthy.

Your lifestyle can indeed affect how old you look on the outside, and these visible effects can’t always be reversed naturally. If you want younger, healthier looking skin, the Aesthetic Skin Clinic is here to help. As a leading Botox clinic in Northern Ireland, we offer a variety of anti-ageing procedures. For more information or to book an appointment, contact us today by calling 01481 736 699.