As we get older we start to notice that our once smooth, firm and supple skin struggles to retain its youthful appearance.
Natural defence mechanisms, such as collagen and the elastin, begin to break down when we reach our 30s, and suddenly we see all the small lines and wrinkles that weren’t there before. While collagen gives body tissue shape, firmness and strength, elastin supplies the skin with much needed flexibility. So when we reach an age where they both start breaking down, our skin becomes more vulnerable to external factors such as sunlight and pollution, emotional strain and occasional sleeplessness. Bad habits such as smoking and not using SPF protection can accelerate our skin’s aging process.
Aging skin can be characterised by a loss of firmness, tone and elasticity, creating the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
Skin aging can and will occur naturally or can be brought on prematurely by external factors or the environment around us.
From our late teens, collagen and elastin production starts to slow down, becoming even slower after age 30 – fine lines start to appear which later develop into deeper wrinkles. As collagen is responsible for skin firmness and tone – and elastin responsible for elasticity – the reduction in their production can also create sagging and hollowing. The skin’s natural renewal process also starts to slow down, creating a dull and sallow complexion. Other indicators of natural aging include:
The number one cause of premature aging is sun damage from UV exposure. Just a few minutes a day of exposure can create the acceleration of collagen breakdown, stimulate pigmentation and age spots whilst increasing the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles and rough texture.
Other factors that contribute to premature aging include:
Smoking is attributed to be the second highest cause of external and internal aging and constricts blood vessels reducing blood flow to cells and therefore reducing nutrients and oxygen to the cells whilst stimulating free radical activity.
Whilst natural aging cannot be prevented, its signs may be easily treated with effective anti ageing treatments.
The anti aging process may be significantly assisted and managed by:
Needling safely penetrates deeply into the underlying layers of skin. It promotes the body’s natural wound healing response within, producing and distributing new collagen, elastin and skin hydration to provide a smoother and even surface. Skin Needling can provide long lasting wrinkle correction and reduce the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines, uneven tone and the loss of elasticity. Needling may also treat scars and stretch marks.
Photo rejuvenation is a set of non-invasive anti aging treatments performed with a medical-grade Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Using a specific light designed to stimulate collagen, the light is transformed into heat energy that can treat fine lines, wrinkles and uneven texture without harming the skin’s surface.
*Photo rejuvenation is most suitable for fair to olive complexions; dark to very dark complexions are not suitable for treatment*
Microdermabrasion superficially smooths and refines aged and wrinkled skins. The mechanical exfoliation provides a softened and refreshed complexion whilst the vacuum assists with lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness and to promote a clearer complexion. Microdermabrasion is a suitable option to treat prematurely aged complexions.
Chemical peels are able to provide an appropriate option to treat premature and established aging. Chemical peels can provide a simultaneous action to soften and smooth fine lines and wrinkles whilst stimulating cellular renewal for a revitalised and re-texturised complexion.
LLLT uses a medical grade cold laser and provides a suitable option to treat premature and established aging. By emitting a gentle beam to age affected areas, it works within the skin to naturally promote a regenerating response to promote cellular renewal and collagen/elastin synthesis to re-model and plump sagging tissues.