“Ageing of the skin is a sad fact of human life but understanding the nature of how skin cells communicate has opened a door to slowing down the inevitable aging process. The essential elements of human life sunshine, oxygen and water are all ironically also involved in the breakdown of our skins. Years of subtle and yet serious vitamin A shortages can also lead to the skin ageing too quickly. Slowing down the aging process, preserving our vital immune functions and preventing skin cancer can all be achieved by regular application of enough topical vitamin A and antioxidants. Balanced protection against excessive ultraviolet radiation and appropriate sun screen lotions is the other essential preventative step in this process.” Dr Ernst Eiselen, MBChB, FRACGP.