When we are young, we very rarely focus on protecting our skin from ageing. Our skin looks good therefore we don’t worry about a problem that’s not already there. But what do we do when we start to see hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, lines and a loss of elasticity that is the result of many years of not taking care of our skin? These visible signs of aging are preceded by many years of invisible aging and a progressive decline in the skin’s key building blocks, especially collagen.
There are many procedures and products that promise to erase the signs of ageing from the skin. How do we know which ones to choose and which ingredients to look for in our skincare products? Improving the condition of the skin always starts with a great homecare routine. Using a sunscreen is a must as any unprotected sun exposure will exacerbate existing ageing concerns dramatically.
Poor cleansing habits or using harsh cleansers can strip the skin of its natural protection and disrupt the skin’s lipid water balance. We focus on micellar cleansers, since they protect the skin by removing dirt, makeup and pollution gently from the skin, without disrupting the natural lipid barrier. They also provide beneficial ingredients and actives to the skin, to protect it from further damage and double up as a toner, to protect the skin’s acid mantle. A healthy acid mantle is crucial to avoid sensitivity and excess dryness in the skin. Oil cleansers are becoming very popular as they melt makeup away easily without stripping the skin of natural lipids and they are even beneficial for oilier skins. Our Deep Cleansing Oil is rich in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that is often deficient, especially in acne-prone skin. Foaming cleansers often contain ingredients like SLS and betaines, that are harmful and pore clogging.
Using a serum and moisturiser which targets collagen production, hydration, and firmness of the skin is crucial. Make sure to use a medical grade skincare product that utilises transdermal technology to deliver strong active ingredients that penetrate effectively into the skin. Consistency is key as daily use of the correct products is crucial to see long lasting results. Look for ingredients like Niacinamide, N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG), Vitamin C, Retinol and Hyaluronic acid. Our Collastin serum contains vectorized Hydroxyproline, copper peptide and specific collagen boosting peptides that encourage the production of new collagen in the skin.
Medical aesthetic procedures are very effective at speeding up the process of erasing the visible signs of ageing from the skin. We should always approach the skin in a holistic manner. Start by improving the health and barrier function of the skin first, to avoid complications from procedures. If the major concern is deep wrinkles on isolated areas, Botulinum Toxin is your best bet at seeing results quickly and with the correct technique, you can achieve a very natural result. For volume loss and sagging skin, Hyaluronic acid Fillers can provide amazing results that are long lasting. When the goal is overall rejuvenation, collagen induction therapies combined with chemical peels work best. Collagen induction therapies include Microneedling procedures done with or without PRP (using your own plasma). This has minimal downtime and will provide great results in an average of 4 to 6 sessions. For a more aggressive approach, ablative laser procedures like fractional CO2 will improve texture, firmness and wrinkles in one to two sessions. This requires more significant downtime. There are many non-surgical procedures available now to treat loose skin around the eye. Plasma pen can tighten the skin significantly in one to 2 sessions. TCA chemical peels are great to remove excess sun damage and improve texture of the skin but does require 5-7 days downtime in most cases.
To get the best results your medical aesthetic practitioner should be consulted on the best combination therapies for your unique concern. They will advise you on the best homecare products and procedures to treat your skin so that you have a natural and gradual improvement in your skin. Always maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet, don’t look for quick fixes and make sure that you are consulting with a professional that has experience in treating aged skin successfully!