The 'urban ageing' phenomenon explained

The 'urban ageing' phenomenon explained

Concerned about the skin effects of li

The 'urban ageing' phenomenon explained

Concerned about the skin effects of living in an urban environment? We take a look at the concept of ‘urban ageing’ and what it means for your skin’s future.

The 'urban ageing' phenomenon explained
The 'urban ageing' phenomenon explained

What does ‘urban ageing’ look like?

While the harmful effects of certain external factors that are known to affect our skin, such as smoking and UV-related damage, have been discussed for years, people are becoming more and more aware of the consequences their environment can have on their skin.

Several key factors linked to urban living, including stress, fatigue and pollution, have been associated with an increase in premature skin ageing - in fact, up to 80% of premature skin ageing is linked to external factors, such as UV damage.


Studies in China and Mexico showed an increase in sebum production among participants living in polluted areas. Up to 80% of skin ageing is due to environmental factors, with pollution being shown to cause brown spots and other pigmentation issues [1]. Meanwhile, stress - a common lifestyle factor spanning urban environments - has been shown to provoke a variety of negative responses [2] as well as influencing the skin’s response to allergic reactions [3].

Ways to fight urban skin ageing

In terms of key skincare ingredients, antioxidants are the best active agents to help fight against free radicals. Resveratrol is particularly interesting as it stimulates the natural antioxidant defences of the skin.

Resveratrol is found in grapes and has been linked with improving the ability of skin to respond to oxidative stress.[4] Meanwhile, topical application of vitamin C has been linked with an increased ability to repair signs of photo damage.[5] Of course, wearing SPF is particularly important for urban dwellers; UV filters help to fight the impact of photo ageing on the skin. UV rays can penetrate through clouds too, so whatever the weather protect skin with a daily SPF. And with so many day creams including sun protection, there’s no excuse not to opt for a multitasking product that hydrates and protects.[6]. Vichy Slow Âge Fluid Moisturiser, is a powerful probiotic fluid with broad spectrum SPF 25 & UVA protection, which is specifically designed to counteract the effects of environmental damage, as well as hydrate and plump the look of skin. Slow Âge Fluid is suitable for normal to combination skin types and clinically proven to slow down the appearance of ageing signs, making it easy to get in your daily dose of hydration and sun protection in one go.

Finally, it’s important to adapt your skincare routine to take into account the pressures of urban life. City living is often synonymous with pollution, with dirt and grime linked to poor quality air settling on the face, causing blackheads and blemishes. To fight this, experts recommend thoroughly cleansing skin morning and evening. Vichy Pureté Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel is just the ticket. This fresh Cleansing Gel, which is enriched with amilite technology, glycerine and moringa, cleanses all kinds of impurities from the skin including pollution particles, dust and excess sebum, to reveal brighter, radiant looking skin. Following this simple beauty routine will go a long way to combatting urban skin ageing, so you can look forward to brighter, younger looking skin, whatever your environment!

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[2] Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., Preacher, K.J., MacCallum, R.C., Atkinson, C., Malarkey, W.B., Glaser, R., 2003. ‘Chronic stress and age-related increases in the proinflammatory cytokine IL-6.’ Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 100, pp. 9090—9095.

[3] Kiecolt-Glaser et al. ‘How stress and anxiety can alter immediate and late phase skin test responses in allergic rhinitis’ in Psychoneuroendocrinology 34 (2009) pp. 670—680

[4] Ido, Y. et al, ‘Resveratrol prevents oxidative stress-induced senescence and proliferative dysfunction by activating the AMPK-FOXO3 cascade in cultured primary human keratinocytes’ in Public Library of Science 3.10 (2015) [Accessible at:]

[5] Darr, D., Dunston, S. et al, ‘Effectiveness of antioxidants (vitamin C and E) with and without sunscreens as topical photoprotectants’ in Acta dermato-venereologica 76.4 (1996) pp. 264-268 [Accessible at:]

[6] L’Oréal Scientific Report: new knowledge data about pollution and photopollution concept, Aulnay-Sous-Bois, May 2017.