When it comes to skincare for ageing skin, the list can seem endless. Let’s narrow the field for you, while helping you understand both what and why you may want/need certain skincare products.
What causes ageing skin?
As you age naturally, new cell growth slows down and the healing of damaged cells is less efficient. Cell DNA is changed which means that the new cells being replicated are also damaged. As a consequence, the amount of healthy collagen and elastin fibres in your skin are decreased. The areas in and around your cells hold less water and so your skin looks and feels increasingly dry, saggy and, of course wrinkly. It’s all part of natural and normal ageing.
The rate that cellular ageing occurs is influenced by various factors throughout your life:
- Diet and water intake.
- Genes and hormones.
- UV exposure.
- Health, if you have been ill and any medications you’ve needed to take.
- Lifestyle, including if you smoke and alcohol consumption.
- Skin care routine – lack of or the type of products you have chosen.
- Your management of stress.
- Exercise and sleep routines.
Photo-ageing is sun damage from too much UV radiation in any specific area of the body. It causes the onset of premature ageing, meaning that all the signs of ageing will be apparent in that area of your skin earlier than your genes are programmed for. The common areas are the face, décolletage, backs of hands and any other areas frequently exposed to the sun.
UV light is absorbed by the skin which causes a photochemical reaction, which in turn causes oxidation to occur in the cell – damaging the cell. The UVB affects the epidermis (outer layer) and UVA the dermis (inner layer).
Over time the dermis thins, and with this you have a decreased blood flow to the area; and that’s when you start to notice all the signs of your skin getting older.
What causes pigmentation?
Pigmentation or skin blemishes are caused from either hormonal influences (melasma) or from overexposure to sunlight over a period of time. They can be patchy, multiple or single areas of darkened skin varying in size. They can also increase over years.
Melanin production is the way your skin naturally protects you from free radical production and subsequent damaged-cell DNA. This leads on to thickening of the epidermis which gives you initially uneven skin tone but will eventually develop into thick leathery skin if UV exposure continues.
There is also thinning of the dermis (where everything is alive in your skin) and a reduction in cell turnover. This causes a reduction in collagen and elastin production, which contributes to fine lines and wrinkles.
Damaged DNA may eventually alter the cell sufficiently to become a skin cancer.
Why do wrinkles occur?
Wrinkles form as the skin loses its elasticity from the reduction in collagen production. Irregularities form in the dermis because there is less water being retained in the epidermis and these “lines” over time become wrinkles as the collagen fibres are slowly worn down until they break and permanent lines appear.
During menopause the decrease in oestrogen also causes less water retention, so your skin becomes dehydrated more easily.
Repair and Rejuvenate your Ageing skin
By using the latest science based skin care, significant results can be achieved in reversing many of the signs of ageing.
The secret to helping all your signs of ageing is great antioxidants, growth factors and the most appropriate Vitamin A for your skin type and age. It is essential to use a physical sunblock when trying to change your skin in this way.
Adding in clinic treatments will boost the effectiveness to your home care also. Enjoy a good diet, drink lots of water, stop smoking, limit alcohol and find some work/life balance; these will all help.
Once your skin begins to show the signs of ageing, it’s wise to use an eye cream and a neck cream if you haven’t already started. Always add the remnants of serums and creams into the backs of your hands when you have finished applying them to your face.
Our Favourite Skincare for Ageing Skin
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- Aspect Dr Age Management Kit.
- Osmosis MD Purify, StemFactor, Catalyst AC-11, Calm and Hydrate.
- CosMedix Elite Gentle Clean, Pepoxide, CosMedix Serum 16, Pure C Mixing Crystals and Emulsion.
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High-End CosMedix Skincare Regime for Ageing Skin
- $85.00 – $185.00
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