October is the most popular month for purchasing anti-ageing creams in the UK, apparently because so many women are trying to reverse the effects of spending a summer in the sun.
The Daily Mail reports that according to a study conducted at the University of Toronto, the different layers that make up the skin undergo various changes when they age and are exposed to environmental factors such as the sun.
These alterations do not always appear immediately after exposure to the elements, instead becoming clear over time as the skin layers begin to collapse.
Many factors influence this process, including genes, but exposure to the sun has been found to have a significant ageing affect, plastic surgeon Christopher Inglefield stated.
This is why so many women do not begin to notice the effects of sun exposure until autumn, leading to the increase in the purchase of anti-ageing products.
“We know UVA and UVB rays can burn the surface of the skin and, on a deeper level, speed up the breakdown of the youth-enhancing collagen and elastin that give skin its springy quality,” Mr Inglefield added.