What is Skin Ageing?
As our skin ages it loses volume, elasticity and develops lines and wrinkles. Our rate of skin renewal; where dead skin cells are shed becomes slower, meaning skin appears dull.
Collagen and Elastin (the building blocks for our skin) production slows down from our late twenties and eventually begins to break down. Because of this our skin can appear to lose volume, it begins to lose its laxity and lines and wrinkles will form and become deeper with time.
What causes ageing?
There are two types of ageing causes:
Intrinsic ageing is our body’s natural ageing factors. This is made up within our genetics and makes up 10% of the overall cause of ageing. Ageing begins from our twenties. With years of expressions our skin through time due to Collagen and Elastin breakdown begins to show the effects.
Extrinsic ageing is caused by external factors, these are the factors we can control. As natural ageing makes up 10% of our ageing process, we can prevent the other 90% of ageing causes!
- Sun exposure
- Poor skin maintenance
UV rays continue to damage our skin cells even after exposure. Our bodies have pigment producing skin cells called Melanocytes, they produce the pigment melanin. Melanin is responsible for our skin colouring.
When we expose our skin to the sun, melanin is produced. Our bodies can over produce in some areas causing pigmentation from sun damage. As well as pigmentation UV rays break down Collagen and Elastin fibres, causing lines, wrinkles and volume loss.
Pollution causes skin ageing by compromising the skins natural protective barrier and causing free radical damage. This damage results in breaking down of Collagen and Elastin.
Smoking speeds up skin ageing due to inhalation of toxins causing damage to Collagen and Elastin fibres. This results in deep lines and wrinkles.
A diet high in sugar damages skin through Glycation. The sugar will cause a process called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) to further develop, the process where excess sugar binds to Collagen and Elastin fibres. The more sugar you eat, the more damage you can do.
Poor Skin Maintenance
We need to look after our skin to keep it healthy. This means protecting it from harmful external factors and nourishing it in order to repair.
In our 30s and 40s we start to see the effect of advanced glycation end product (AGE’s), this happens when glucose (sugar) molecules attach to collagen and elastin fibres causing a break down of these fibres, resulting in deeper lines forming.
What can I do to improve my skin?
With fine lines and wrinkles now taking place we can go stronger with treatments. Prevention is still important, however we may need some correction products due to damage already occurred.
Obagi Blue Radiance Skin Peel
With 20% salicylic acid, combined with glycolic and lactic acid, this peel removes dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother brighter complexion. Fine lines and wrinkles are reduced. Treatment time 40 minutes.
Using Cynosure ND YAG laser we can stimulate the skin to produce collagen to improve skin quality and appearance. This is a 3 in 1 treatment as we can also treat pigmentation from sun damage and red veins. There is no down time with this treatment. Treatment time 1 hour.
In this age group you may decide to treat deeper lines and wrinkles with an injectable treatment. Anti-wrinkle injections can reduce expression lines around the eyes and forehead. Static lines that have formed around the mouth can be treated with dermal fillers.
Dermaquest C Infusion Cleanser
Antioxidant cleanser with BV OSC (vitamin C) and alpha lipoic acid, reduces free radical damage, brightens skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
Dermaquest C Infusion Serum
With BV OSC (vitamin C), orange stem cells and Ferulic acid, this AM use serum provides protection against free radical damage, brightens and smooths skin. Increases firmness by promoting and protecting collagen and elastin production.
Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator
This 2 in 1 serum retexturises skin whilst adding hydration. With hyaluronic acid and Kombuchka (enzyme) the skins natural resurfacing, desquamation is activated. Used every day for 8 weeks, it is the equivalent of a skin peel.
With vitamin B5, this non irritating moisturiser is suitable for all skin types, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Hydromanil reduces water loss and retains water within the skin.
Dermaquest Mini Pumpkin Mask
With pumpkin pulp (natural enzyme), Lactic and Mandelic acids it exfoliates skin to provide a bright and glowing complexion. Weekly at home treatment.
Obagi Elastiderm Eye Cream
Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, encourages the production of Collagen and Elastin. Blueberry extract provides antioxidant protection against free radical damage.
This oil free SPF provides high protection from UV damage whilst added Fernblock provides added protection against the environment.
Bulgaria Rose Extract & Grapeseed Oil Firming Mask
Nourishes and hydrates skin to improve skin quality, reducing signs of ageing.
Advanced Nutrition Programme
A duo of Skin Vit A+ and Skin Antioxidant encourages skin cell renewal and protects against free radical damage from external factors.
NEWA is the most advanced home-use radiofrequency device available. It’s clinically proven to rebuild collagen and reduce wrinkles safely and effectively. Achieve tighter skin at home by using your NEWA 3 times per week. NEWA uses 3 DEEP technology, the same technology behind clinical treatment Endymed.
By using this you are stimulating and rebuilding collagen to achieve firmer, tighter skin and a reduction in lines and wrinkles.
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