Skin Lab: Six Skin Factors
Elasticity is a scientific means of measuring ‘youth’ – that is how plump or firm is your skin and its surrounding tissue? In youth our skin is firm and supple thanks to high collagen & elastin levels. While collagen plays a structural role, elastin is the ‘bounce’ that begins to lessen as we age. Elastin decline can be slowed by eliminating smoking and sun exposure and increasingly diet is found to play a protective role, particularly foods rich in vitamin A and betacarotene. While research continues into prolonging skin resilience, measuring elasticity gives us a clear picture of your skin’s condition in relation to age. Skin Lab is able to quantify this key factor by measuring the structure and the ‘give’ of your skin, assigning it an elasticity score between 1 and 100, and comparing these scores over time.
Hydration is key to maintaining your skin’s health and appearance – it is the prime factor underpinning resilience and youthfulness and our best defence against harmful toxins. Hydration can be confusing and we often make mistakes in our product choices, opting for harsh or inappropriate creams that can lead to further dehydration. By assigning your skin a hydration score from 0 to 100, we can accurately identify your skin type and help you choose more suitable products, especially as the seasons change. Skin Lab uses a probe to assess moisture accumulation and assigns a score on that basis – giving you a clearer view of the nature of your skin’s dryness, and the knowledge to combat it more effectively.
Collagen is a strengthening protein fibre found throughout the body, in bones, teeth, artery walls, cartilage, ligaments, tendons – and skin. In the skin collagen determine plumpness and structure, effectively keeping gravity at bay. Closely associated with skin thickness, another typical marker of youth, collagen levels begin to decline in our mid-twenties with the loss-rate accelerating as we age. If you’ve ever wondered whether your products are actually having an effect on your collagen structure, Skin Lab can take an ultrasound ‘snapshot’ and give you an accurate answer. We can identify your collagen levels, skin thickness, and give you a dynamic picture of how your measurements change over time.