THE AGING FACE

FACIAL CHANGES AS WE AGE

As we age, our faces change. Although abundant in youth, collagen and elastin in our skin and face are gradually depleted as we age, as it starts to get broken down faster than our skin can replace it. These proteins are structural elements that maintain the elasticity of our skin and keep it appearing firm, supple, and youthful-looking. The skin also loses its natural ability to retain moisture, contributing to a dry or wrinkled appearance.

Beyond changes in the skin, our faces also undergo structural changes that involve deeper layers such as our fat, muscle and bone. These layers naturally recede with age, and this results in the loss of deeper support and volume beneath our skin. Together with the abovementioned skin changes, these contribute to gradual signs of ageing such as wrinkles, declining skin texture, skin laxity, and prominence of the lower face.

Explore the power of retinoids, vitamin C, and alpha hydroxy acids for transformative skin care. These potent ingredients work synergistically to rejuvenate skin, enhance collagen production, and gently exfoliate, revealing a brighter, smoother complexion with diminished signs of aging and improved overall skin health.

WHY IS MY SKIN AGING SO FAST?

Premature skin aging is largely due to light exposure, particularly from the sun. Ultraviolet (UV) rays and sunlight significantly speed up the aging process of your skin beyond its natural progression, resulting in photoaging. This highlights the crucial role of consistent UV protection for skin health. Factors contributing as follows:
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Sun Exposure

UV radiation from the sun directly damages DNA in cells, causing inflammation, increased pigmentation, and directly damages collagen fibers while also impairing the skin’s ability to repair itself over time
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Smoking/Pollution

Environmental toxins, such as those in cigarette smoke, heavy metals, and pollution occurring naturally in the air cause repeated oxidative stress and the release of free radicals that damage cells and break down collagen in the skin
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Lifestyle

Poor diet, sleep, and a stressful lifestyle all contribute to chronic inflammation and are associated with increased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, which breaks down collagen in the skin
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Dehydration

Lack of water intake can result in dry skin that appears more wrinkled and tired-looking. Excessive alcohol intake can also dry out our skin, as well as directly cause increased inflammation and redness.

HOW CAN I REDUCE MY SKIN AGING?

Combat skin aging effectively by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables can prevent premature aging, while regular exercise enhances circulation and immune function, promoting a youthful skin glow. Embrace these holistic practices for noticeable improvements in your skin's health and appearance.

FACIAL SAGGING

Over time, our skin becomes thinner and loses its elasticity. This is further exacerbated by loss of fat, muscle, and bone that provide deeper support. Progressively, we start to see changes such as drooping, lower face heaviness, or the appearance of skin hanging off our face.

Traditional facelift treatments are surgical procedures to remove excess skin. While results are immediate and significant, these can be associated with high costs and long recovery times. Furthermore, the results may be excessively pronounced for those who prefer more subtle improvements to their appearance.

WHAT IS BEST FOR SKIN ANTI-AGING?

Retinol stands as a leading anti-aging ingredient, favored for its efficacy and milder impact on the skin compared to tretinoin. Demonstrating significant benefits on both extrinsic and intrinsic aging, retinol positively influences collagen metabolism, contributing to rejuvenated, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin.

NON-SURGICAL TREATMENTS FOR FACIAL SAGGING

WRINKLES

Fine lines and wrinkles are creases in the skin that are a natural consequence of ageing. They can arise through repeated
facial movements over time, but also form while skin loses its elasticity and the underlying support structures recede as we get older.

EXAMPLES OF COMMON WRINKLES AND FOLDS

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Frown Lines

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Forehead Lines

Nasolabial lines | Crow's Feet are wrinkles that form around the outside of the eyes over time

Crows Feet

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Nasolabial Folds

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Chin Wrinkles

TREATMENT OF WRINKLES

ENLARGED PORES

Pores are openings in our skin that contain hair follicles and oil glands. These are present almost everywhere we have skin, with our palms and soles being notable exceptions, and serve an important purpose in normal skin function. However, pores usually however tend to be more prominent over the face, such as on the nose.

CAUSES OF ENLARGED PORES

The size of our pores is closely related to oil production. Sebum is naturally produced to protect the skin and help retain moisture within. However, when there is excessive sebum production, pores may appear enlarged. In such cases pores may also tend to be more easily clogged, leading to comedone formation and acne. While largely genetic, sebum production is also closely linked to factors such as gender, hormone levels, and lifestyle.

TREATMENTS FOR ENLARGED PORES

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Appropriate Skincare

Proper cleansing twice a day is essential to remove excess oil, dirt, and makeup on the skin. Gentle exfoliation, such as through the use of products containing AHA/BHA, can also help to remove dead skin cells and debris from the surface, reducing the likelihood of future clogging.

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