5 Causes Of Premature Aging Skin And How To Prevent It

We all want to keep our youthful glow. Unfortunately though as we age our body's ability to regenerate begins to fade. Q10 can help to prevent premature aging skin to keep you looking vibrant & young.

What Causes Premature Aging of the Skin?

The skin aging process is individual to each of us and can be influenced by countless different factors. With all the twists and turns life takes, it is sometimes impossible to keep on top of our skincare routine; not to mention uncontrollable environmental factors and stress that can crop up here and there to encourage premature aging.


  • An unhealthy diet
  • Smoking can speed up the aging process as the nicotine in cigarettes causes the blood vessels in your skin to narrow. This prevents the proper blood flow to your skin, and with less blood flow, there is less oxygen which causes the skin to sag and wrinkle prematurely. Cigarette smoke also contains free radicals that can damage skin DNA and cause premature skin aging 
  • Too much sun exposure can also reduce skin elasticity resulting in premature skin aging
  • Stress
  • Excessive alcohol consumption.

These factors can provoke signs of premature aging skin, on your face and elsewhere on your body.
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What are the main signs of premature aging?

People naturally age at different rates and the signs vary person to person. The following are a few of the major signs of skin aging:

  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Dull skin tone
  • Itchy or dry skin
  • Hyperpigmentation or inflammation on the chest
  • Liver/sun spots - flat spots on the skin caused by exposure to the sun over time
  • Thinning skin or a gaunt look, particularly noticeable on the hands

Although these are all natural signs of getting older, these are considered signs of premature aging if noticed before the age of 35.

Small changes can help prevent the appearance of premature aging

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Using our Q10 Energy products will help fight the appearance of wrinkles and visibly smooth your skin. The NIVEA Q10 range makes effective use of coenzyme Q10 which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to rejuvenate the skin. NIVEA’s Q10 Energy range also protects your skin from UVA/UVB damage preventing wrinkle formation.

Many skin experts divide the skin aging process into two main categories: intrinsic and extrinsic aging. Intrinsic aging refers to aging which takes place due to genetics, this aging you have very little control over. If your mum got grey hair when she was in her early thirties, chances are you might! Extrinsic aging refers to external environmental factors. These factors can be influenced by you – so why not think about making a change now to prevent premature aging?

Aging Skin: What is going on beneath the surface?

There are lots of theories around what causes premature aging of the skin. Premature aging can often be a result of a lack of proper care from the inside out and not having a proper skincare routine

Key changes can happen below the surface, including reduced cellular activity, lower epidermal turnover, less collagen production, and accumulation of damage due to free radicals caused by UV exposure. Free radicals are chemically-reactive substances generated by the body, especially when you’re exposed to UV radiation. These reactive molecules can cause cell damage and premature aging.

These changes all happen below the surface, and result in a loss of moisture and elasticity of your skin on the surface increasing the chances of premature skin aging. These changes also cause the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation changes. NIVEA’s Q10 Energy ranges can help manage the visible appearance of premature skin aging, such as reducing the appearance of wrinkles, encouraging skin firming and helping improve surface skin renewal; giving you something to smile about.

What is ‘Q10’ and how does it work?

Q10 is a similar substance to a vitamin, and can be found in every cell of your body.

Your body naturally produces Q10, and your cells use it to produce the energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also acts as an antioxidant, protecting the body from damage. Q10 also plays a key role in the way our bodies convert food into energy and stops free radicals from damaging cells, which causes premature aging of the skin. 

As we age, our body’s own production of Q10 slows down, this is why anti-aging products such as those in the NIVEA Q10 Energy range are so important.

The NIVEA Q10 Energy Fresh Look Eye Cream firms your eye contour reducing crow's feet, leaving you with moisturised and firm skin.

What Can you do to Combat Signs of Premature Aging Skin?

Nobody wants to look older than they are. The good news here is that there are things that we can all try and adopt into our daily routine and skincare routine to keep you healthier and happier, and in effect reduce the appearance of premature aging.
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Combat premature aging signs by:

Q10 Energy skincare range, such as the Q10 Energy Healthy Glow Day Cream in collaboration with the above lifestyle changes will help your skin feel firm, fresh and tight once again. Feel beautiful on the inside and out! View the Q10 Energy Skincare bundle here for all your skincare needs.



The Q10 Energy Healthy Glow Day Cream is enriched with Q10, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. Providing 24 hours of moisture to the skin this product will reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in 2 weeks.
Multitasking as a moisturiser and sun protection the day cream is SPF 15, preventing UVA/UVB rays encouraging premature skin aging. Dermatologically approved to alleviate signs of tiredness and reduce dull skin, leaving you with an energised, bright complexion.
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 For your night time skincare needs the NIVEA Q10 Energy Recharging Night Cream is here to help. Formulated with 3 anti-oxidants you will see more radiant, healthy skin after your 8 hours of beauty sleep; and firmer skin in 2 weeks. 
Proven to improve your skin’s elasticity and lock in moisture this innovative product will be a staple piece of your skincare routine. For a burst of moisture the Q10 Energy Instant Recharge Sheet Mask recharges dull skin in only 10 minutes. 

Why alleviating stress & smiling is so important to fight premature aging

We all get stressed from time to time. It is just a part of life, and we will all deal with it at some point. Knowing how to effectively reduce stress can have great benefits for your skin, helping prevent premature aging skin.

When stressed over a long time period, your body releases more stress hormones, which accelerate premature aging. When you're stressed, you're likely to frown more often. Dealing with stress early on can keep you from internalising it. Channelling your stress into exercise or speaking to someone who will listen will leave you feeling relieved and give you a reason to smile. 

Research has shown that smiling makes you look three years younger. Simply enjoying life every day will make you look and feel younger and healthier; reducing the likelihood of premature aging.