The skin is one of the largest and most complex organs of the body and has several important functions, including acting as a barrier for environmental protection, regulating temperature and detecting and fighting infections. It is therefore of critical importance to protect your skin, which is made up of an outer layer (the epidermis) and a layer of soft tissue underneath called the dermis. The main causes of skin damage and ageing are the following;
• Sun damage
• Lack of sleep and stress
• Bad eating habits
Tips to slow down the ageing process
Do you wish your skin looked younger? Ageing can change your skin’s appearance from as early as the age of 30, or later during midlife depending on your habits. There are certain factors that cannot be controlled, however. Examples include falling oestrogen levels that lead to sagging skin, or genetics that will give you a specific bone structure or skin texture. There are also plenty of external factors that will determine how your skin ages, and the correct anti-ageing care can help to limit the damage caused by these external factors, while at the same time slowing down the aging process.
A younger skin starts with the nutrients that reaches it from inside the body. Diet can have a direct effect on how your skin visibly ages.
What should you do?
• Take a Vitamin D supplement.
• Eat plenty of healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Ideally they should come from natural sources such as olive oil, flaxseeds and oily fish like salmon. If you don’t eat enough of these, take an Omega 3 supplement. These important fatty acids protect the moisture barrier of your skin.
•Drink water (in all its forms) all day long, and go easy on alcohol.
•Cut back significantly on processed foods and sugar. They cause inflammation, a biochemical process that damages the normal production of dermal cells.
Not getting enough sleep and feeling stressed all of the time will also leave your skin looking tired and older.
What should you do?
• Don’t drink any stimulants or do anything that will stimulate your brain before bedtime. Always go to bed at more or less the same time, and make sure that you get at least 7 to 8 hours sleep.
• Consider taking up an activity such as yoga, swimming or walking. Regular exercise is a great outlet for stress and will leave your skin looking vibrant.
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Halve the time you spend in the sun. The sun will damage elastin, leading to a loss of collagen, which will in turn lead to a drooping jawline and wrinkles. It will also lead to discoloration of the skin and a rough or leathery texture.
What to do
• Sunblock is important. Use a SPF with a minimum protection of 30 on your face, neck and ears.
• Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.
• Use a moisturiser and make-up basis with a built in sunscreen.
• Exercise outside in the early morning or late afternoon.
Clever morning and night routine. This is important because even though our skin is exposed to so many elements during the day, it will still regenerate at night.
How to do this
• Start every morning with a moisturiser and sunscreen that is appropriate for your skin type. You can also apply a layer of anti-oxidant serum underneath your moisturiser to protect your skin against environmental free radicals.
• Remove all your make up and wash your face before bedtime. Throughout the day, your skin gets attacked by chemicals in the air that will break down collagen, while also causing other forms of damage. If you don’t clean your face, exposure to these pollutants will continue throughout the night.
• Before bedtime, apply a collagen booster serum and then a moisturiser.
• Ask your therapist to assist you with choosing the best products for your skin.
Choose cosmetic procedures that will regenerate the skin and slow the rate of changes that causes deep wrinkles and a dull texture.
What should you do?
• Cell turnover slows down as you age, which could lead to a dull complexion. Try peels and microdermabrasion to stimulate cell turnover. This will leave your skin with a radiant and smooth complexion. Read more
• Stimulate collagen production to plump and tighten the skin. Consider treatments such as the Collagen Pen (micro injuries with needles), radio frequency, or lipomassage for a younger and plumper natural look. Read more
• Deeper wrinkles can be treated with Botox and you can also try fillers in areas where you have lost volume. A good example is our lips that start to lose fullness with ageing and deep vertical lines that form around the mouth. Read more
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