Update as of 4 November: As a CQC registered medical clinic we remain open and will support patients during the current lockdown. Please note additional restrictions will be in place when visiting the clinic and ask that you adhere to all requests made by our staff. This is to ensure the safety of everyone.
The primary factor of extrinsic ageing is UV radiation. Research shows that approximately 80% of all symptoms of premature skin ageing are caused by UV exposure while all structural components of the skin are damaged by chronic sun exposure.
UV-A rays are primarily responsible for photoaging, but high-energy visible light (HEV) can also cause oxidative stress that damages the skin at a cellular level. As a result of the damage, signs of ageing begin to form such as wrinkles, volume loss, skin sag, and pigmentation.
UV-B rays are absorbed by skin cells and cause direct damage to cellular DNA.