VP Skin(.), what does it mean?
What do the initials VP(.) stand for?
Skin Aging VISIBLE
Oxidation Factor PROTECTED
Sebum Production BALANCED (.)
The "V" for Visible signs of aging.
The letter "V" signifies that the signs of aging have become visible and are occurring more frequently. Indeed, the fine lines at the corners of the mouth and at the corners of the eyes deepen with age, becoming more and more pronounced, meaning they are now visible both in motion and at rest. Additionally, new folds appear on new areas of the face such as the wrinkles between the eyebrows (frown lines) or the horizontal forehead wrinkles, depending on individual expressions. Aside from wrinkles, the complexion is uneven with pigmentation flaws. These various marks that appear on the surface are the result of different changes that occur within all layers of the skin over the years.
A slowdown in the rate of keratinocyte renewal and a decrease in the adhesion of corneocytes are observed starting in the thirties, which impairs the skin's barrier function, making the epidermis more vulnerable to external aggressions, particularly UV rays. Aging is also marked by a decrease of 8 to 10% every 10 years in the cells that produce melanin, a pigment that protects against UV radiation, along with changes in their morphology and distribution, which causes irregular pigmentation on the skin's surface and the appearance of age spots. At the dermis level, the fibroblasts that synthesize collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin see their morphology and activity altered, leading to a decrease in the production of essential proteins for skin firmness and elasticity. These phenomena result in the formation of wrinkles.
The letter "P" stands for Protect against oxidation factors.
The letter "P" signifies that the skin is well protected against the sun's UV rays. Beyond these beneficial effects on mood or vitamin D secretion, excessive sun exposure is the main cause of premature skin aging and the onset of skin cancers. Indeed, UVA rays can cause dermal changes especially in the elastic tissue and UVB rays lead to epidermal damage. Activation of free radicals, alteration of the cell membrane, DNA modification... UV rays act differently within skin cells to generate damage, which can alter the cell's function, cause its death, or trigger DNA mutations that in the long term lead to the formation of cancerous cells. Thus, even though the skin has some defenses against UV rays (melanogenesis, endogenous antioxidant system...), it is important to regularly apply an adequate amount of a sunscreen product that is suitable for one's phototype and sun exposure conditions for reasonable exposure while limiting risks.
The point "." for Balanced Sebum Secretion.
The "." indicates a balance in sebum production. Naturally produced by the sebaceous glands, the sebum is a fatty substance that helps the skin protect itself against external aggressions and fight against dryness by being part of the hydrolipidic film. Comfortable and soft to the touch, this skin type has a matte appearance without a shiny effect or "crocodile skin", and its skin texture is regular and uniform with pores tightened. It is naturally well hydrated, protected, and blemishes are rare. However, despite this skin balance, it also requires specific care to maintain its abilities and strengthen its regulation mechanisms.