Ageing… it happens to all of us!  And while there are many culprits that contribute towards the breakdown of healthy skin, UV exposure is one of the leading factors contributing to the acceleration of skin ageing.


In order to protect and prevent the skin from the damaging UVA/UVB/HEV-light rays, one needs to consider the daily application of sun protection in combination with an active formulation preventing damage and repairing the skin from the inside out. This ensures that the skin DNA is protected, and healthy cell longevity is prolonged.


Ageing is categorised according to the following causes;

  • Intrinsic Ageing– this is largely linked to genetics. Evidence suggests that the telomeres (protective ends of the DNA Strands) associated with each cell’s DNA will get slightly shorter with each new cell division until they shorten to a critical length leading to cellular senescence, a state of which the cell no longer functions to capacity. We use the term ‘Hay flick limit’ when referring to the number of times a cell can successfully divide (40 to 60 times) until cell division stops. Hormones can further impact the way in which we age at a cellular level.  Another element to intrinsic ageing is the loss of dermal collagen, with resultant moisture loss. Collagen is essential for skin health, providing both structural strength and support. As production slows down, our skin begins to wrinkle and sag
  • Extrinsic Ageing– this is related to environmental and lifestyle factors, the biggest contributor being sun exposure to damaging UVA/UVB/HEV-light rays. Excessive exposure to UV radiation triggers the action of the enzymes Collagenase and Elastase to start actively breaking down Collagen and Elastin which in turn leads to wrinkle formation and skin sagging. Other contributors can include protein-deficient diet, free radical exposure, and smoking cigarettes.


As most of our extrinsic ageing is related to sun exposure, one needs to remember that UVA/UVB/HEV-light radiation in excess are detrimental to the skin as it will cause photo-ageing. Be sure then to choose sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB and HEV-light. DermaFix offers approved high protection sunscreen in 4 formulations as follows:

DermaFix DermaShield SPF 40 is an oil-free, non-greasy formulation, providing physical protection against harmful light radiation.

DermaFix DermaShield SPF 50 and the MD Prescriptives SPF50 provide the benefit of broad-spectrum protection within a water-resistant formulation, protecting your skin against sun damage both in and out of the water.

DermaFix BB Creams SPF 20 is particularly good in providing defence against HEV-light caused by cells phones and computers.

The use of DermaFix Ferulic + C + E, a boosted antioxidant formulation, is recommended for daily use alongside your skin protection for additional protection against harmful free radicals that contribute towards premature skin ageing.


Whilst sun protection best protects against extrinsic skin ageing, we need to adapt product protocols to assist with the protection of DNA in the fight against intrinsic ageing.  MD Vitamin A Propionate and ACC Retinol + with Cylasphere technology,   provides all the benefits of retinol without the risk of retinoid induced irritation often associated with retinol use, and have been shown to reduce the signs of intrinsic ageing with regular use. Incorporate these super skin revitalisers into your evening routine for advanced anti-ageing benefits.


For further information on the above-mentioned DermaFix products or any of the additional DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care products assisting in the prevention of photo-ageing, contact DermaFix directly on 0861 28 23 23.