The skin is made up of two layers – the dermis (the lower tough layer) and the epidermis (the top layer that you can see). As we age collagen fibres in the dermis begin to lose their strength which manifests as a loss of skin tone. A weakening of the collagen in the blood vessels can also lead to the appearance of broken veins. Changes in the fibre structure of the skin and a thinning of the dermis and subcutaneous fat mean the skin becomes less plump and supple leading to the formation of wrinkles. The availability of vitamin E, essential fatty acids and CoEnzyme Q10 also decreases with age leading to drier skin more prone to free radical damage. Malfunction of the melanocytes also occurs resulting in pigmentation changes such as liver spots and uneven skin tone. While ageing is a natural unavoidable process it can be accelerated by unhealthy dietary and lifestyle choices and a poor skincare routine.