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What happens to the face as we age?
Welcome to our page on aging skin and how it changes over time. Our skin bears the brunt of many stresses as we age, including sun exposure, poor skincare, poor diet, and various other lifestyle choices like smoking. These factors can contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, leading to a loss of firmness and elasticity.
The natural production of collagen and elastin, the proteins that give skin its youthful and plump appearance, slows down as we age. This makes the skin ‘hang,’ giving rise to fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, loss of facial volume occurs as we age. Changes in facial contours through the loss of fat, bone, and cartilage can give a sunken and drooping appearance to the skin.
The sun is the biggest cause of premature skin ageing
Sun exposure is one of the most significant environmental factors that can damage the skin, causing premature aging. This damage occurs due to the production of free radicals, which can harm healthy skin cells and lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation. To protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and limit your time in direct sunlight, especially during peak hours.
Use good skincare to look after yourself properly
Poor skincare habits can also contribute to aging skin. Neglecting to cleanse, moisturize, and exfoliate your skin regularly can lead to the accumulation of dirt, oil, and dead skin cells, causing clogged pores and a dull complexion. Develop a consistent skincare routine that includes cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliating your skin to maintain a healthy and youthful glow.
A healthy balanced diet is important for your skin health
Diet plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy skin. Consuming a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals can help protect your skin from damage and promote skin health. Avoiding processed foods, refined sugar, and excessive alcohol consumption can also prevent premature ageing.
Smoking damages your skin
Smoking is one of the other most significant contributors to ageing skin. It causes damage to collagen and elastin, resulting in premature wrinkles and fine lines. Additionally, smoking can cause a decrease in blood flow to the skin, leading to a dull, lifeless complexion. Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your skin and overall health.
In conclusion, aging skin is a natural process that can be influenced by various factors such as sun exposure, poor skincare habits, diet, and smoking. However, by taking proactive steps to protect and nourish your skin, you can help maintain a youthful and healthy complexion. So start taking care of your skin today, and see the benefits for yourself! Contact us now if you want to prevent premature ageing and look better at the same time.
How can I prevent ageing of the skin?
Although ageing cannot be fully prevented, there are certain steps that can slow down this process and make the skin look better for longer.
Limiting environmental and lifestyle damage is one of the most effective ways to prevent premature aging. For example, quitting smoking and using ‘broad-spectrum’ sun cream that protects from UVA and UVB rays can help protect your skin from further damage. But to slow down the aging process and maintain healthy skin, adopting a good skincare regime is essential.
Anti-oxidant serums can prevent premature ageing
Anti-aging and anti-oxidant products such as those containing retinol (Vitamin A), L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and AHAs (in moderation) can be useful in slowing down the ageing process. These ingredients can help boost collagen production, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin texture and tone by exfoliating the dead skin cells.
Botox and Dermal Filler can reduce the signs of ageing
In addition to a good skincare regime, minimally invasive procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections with Botox and dermal fillers can complement your anti-aging efforts. Anti-wrinkle injections are an effective way of treating fine lines around the eyes (crow’s feet) as well as lines on the forehead and between the eyebrows. Dermal fillers are also useful in slowing down the sands of time. Proper use of dermal fillers restores fullness in the face and can be used to treat facial asymmetry, thin lips, and sunken cheekbones.
At our clinic, we offer a complimentary consultation with our Senior Consultants in Aesthetic Medicine, Dr. Humble and Dr. Basi. They can design a complete package of anti-aging treatments to suit your skincare needs, regardless of your age. Our consultants will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that can help you achieve a more youthful and vibrant appearance.
In conclusion, taking proactive steps to slow down the aging process is crucial to maintaining healthy and youthful-looking skin. By adopting a good skincare regime and seeking out minimally invasive procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, you can help slow down the aging process and maintain healthy and youthful-looking skin. Contact us today to book your complimentary consultation and start your journey to more youthful-looking skin.