This is one of the hottest topics in the beauty world so let’s be clear from the start, while it is impossible to stop the ageing process, at least by understanding what happens within the skin at different stages of your life you will be able to ensure that your skin is provided with the optimum care and nutrition it needs which then guarantees that your skin doesn’t look old decades before it should!
How do we age?
The skin ages in two key ways:
Intrinsic Ageing (Internal)
Approximately only 20% of skin ageing is genetically predetermined. Eventually, skin gets thinner, dryer and less elastic. This happens because we produce less collagen over time. This drop, in collagen production also causes skin to sag and become unable to bounce back with weight loss.
The reason skin gets dryer and thinner over time is because the epidermis loses its ability to hold or attract water. On top of this, age causes a marked decrease in sebaceous glands (oil producing). Oils and water are the elements of that plump skin. Although the extent of these changes varies from person to person, skin aging usually first becomes apparent in your 30s.
Extrinsic Ageing (External)
Now here’s the shocking statistic … Up to 80% of premature skin ageing is caused by our choices because extrinsic ageing is directly related to exposure to the toxins and environmental elements we put our skin through.
Examples include: lifestyle choices, stress, excessive exfoliation, aggressive products or treatments and inappropriate skin care are also major contributors. Once set in motion, extrinsic ageing inevitably leads to premature ageing.
Because of this, here at the skin health clinic we’re on a mission to make sure that the days of peeling, burning or injecting skin in the quest to look younger are soon behind us. As you’ll soon discover we feel so strongly about this because none of these clinical procedures bring any long-term benefits to the health of the skin, instead after an initial cosmetic quick fix they also accelerate the appearance of ageing.
Aging through the years….What does it look or feel like?
Age 20 to 30
During your 20’s your skin cells are still regenerating at a fast rate and acne problems from teenage years may start subsiding. If you start to nourish the skin now you can prevent the skin from ageing later on. By looking after your skin at this age you can keep your skin looking younger for many years to come.
Age 30 to 40
In your 30’s your skin will start to change. A late night /early morning will show on your face. You may be seeing a few fine lines around the eyes (especially if you have had some sun exposure in you teens and 20′s). You may also have more redness or uneven colour tone. Your skin may not feel as soft or be as even.
Around 40 +
From 40 onwards you may start to think you have aged overnight and are starting to see a big difference in photos of yourself from ten years ago. Your collagen is a lot less abundant thus causing the skin to lose its structural strength. The level of Glycosaminoglycan (GAG’s) decreases, the key role of this polymer is to hold onto moisture in the skin, and so the skin will look less plump and less full. Hormonal changes can also make the skin much thinner and wrinkles formed in previous years will deepen.
Don’t be fooled…
The skin care market offers customers a wide choice of products with often make ‘big’ promises of reversing these affects; however, traditional formulations usually contain skin damaging ingredients, which after their initial cosmetic effect has disappeared do the opposite and speed up signs of ageing by:
- washing or stripping away the skins protective barrier
- removing the skins natural UV barrier
- causing skin sensitivity, allergy and irritation
- turning off the skins natural healing processes
So please don’t fall for the hype and instead realise that the skin ageing process is both natural and inevitable and your real choice is whether to, ‘Love the skin you’re in’ by understanding what it really needs and making sure it gets it regularly … or to carry on believing the hype!
This means at The Skin Health Clinic we aren’t about quick fix fads or plastic faces. We believe that you should still look like yourself, just a little fresher!
Prevention is always better than correction so the sooner you start the better results you will see for the long term.
However, if you’re a late starter there is some good news because we’re now in an age where we have some great technology that allows us to understand what the skin needs at a much deeper level and by restoring the natural cellular balance to your skin we can slow down and even in some cases reverse intrinsic ageing safely and effectively.
The effectiveness of any anti-ageing treatment comes down to the timing and consistency. Our skin therapists can develop a treatment program that’s designed exactly for you.
Your treatment plan may include:
- Bespoke Skin Care- blended specifically for your skins needs
- In-clinic treatments- to improve cellular function, imporove skin texture and skin density
- LED Light treatment -to stimulate collagen and elastin production
- Skin Nutrition- to feed and support the skin cells
- Education -it is important we teach you to understand how you can look after your skin until you come back to us.
So why not take the first step and book a Skin Analysis Consultation today. Contact us on 02838 318 280