What happens to my skin as I get older?
Unfortunately as we age our body starts to change and as a result we see some things that we don't like!
The photo opposite is courtesy of the Ageing Booth App, and shows a predicted image of what my skin will look like by 2052. OMG scary!
As you can see it shows more wrinkles and loss of skin firmness and the general look of everything heading south!
So we all know that as we get older we our skin gets lax and we get wrinkles, but do you know why? And is there anything you can do to help stop it?
What is going on behind the scenes?
Well as we age, lots of things happen over time. Firstly the bones in our face start to lose density, this changes how they sit and will change the dimensions of your face. The image below shows how bone structure can change with age.
The bones start to drop around the eye and the cheek / jaw area. This causes hooded eyes, and jowls to form
We also start to lose fat from our face. The pockets of fat that we had when we were younger break down and clump up heading south and add to the jowls and create hollow eyes, cheeks and cheekbones
In addition to this, as we age we produce less collagen and elastin, and those strong collagen bonds we had when we were younger start to break down. Combine this with the breakdown of elastin fibres and a lack of hyaluronic acid and we see an increase in skin laxity and the appearance of wrinkles!
So can I do anything to slow it down?
Unless you are going to go under the knife (more than once), you can not overcome the ageing process. But there are lots of things you can do to slow down the process and keep your skin as firm and supple as possible.
Let's start with the things you can do at home to help.........
Cut down on sugar and refined carbs. When you eat these types of food, your body converts the sugar in a process called glycation which breaks down the collagen fibres
Increase your Vitamin C intake and introduce a Vitamin C serum to your skincare routine
Vitamin C is crucial to the formation of collagen
Give yourself a facial massage.
Massaging helps to promote collagen as well as clearing the lymph nodes to give you plumper fresher looking skin
Exfoliate your face once to twice a week.
This removes the dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your skin, and promotes the natural process of skin cell and collagen renewal
You have all seen the smokers lines above the top lip associated with smokers. Well when you smoke, it creates enzymes called Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs). These can damage the collagen bonds in your skin.
Add retinol into your skin care routine.
Preferably used at night-time, a good retinol cream or serum could become your best friend.
Not only have retinols been proven to boost collagen production, they also work to eradicate other substances from the skin which are working to break down collagen
Slap on your SPF
Sun exposure is one of the biggest culprits for collagen loss!
UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and break down those strong collagen bonds.
So get your SPF on everyday!
What treatments can help me?
There are lots of beauty and aesthetic treatments that can help to promote collagen, or to disguise its ageing effects.
Lets start with some easy ones
A basic facial - with exfoliation and massage, a basic facial will help stimulate collagen production in your skin whilst you drift away
High frequency facial - High Frequency generates an electrical current that has a gentle and safe, oscillating oxygenating power. The high rate of oscillation produces heat and tones the skin. The high frequency treatments stimulate cell renewal and increase circulation to stimulate collagen production
Non invasive Carboxy Therapy - By infusing carbon dioxide into the skin, an acidic environment develops. This signals our organism to secure oxygen to the tissue in the treated region and accumulate natural growth factors (vascular endothelial growth factors). Within several days after the treatment there is an increased natural distribution of oxygen in the places of application, a completely new microcirculation is created, lymphoid drainage is increased and in this way skin regeneration is achieved in a natural way.
Microneedling - Originally called Collagen Induction Therapy, this is the one for you if you want to stimulate collagen production. According to a 2008 study, skin treated with four microneedling sessions spaced one month apart, produced up to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after completing treatment
PRP - Often called a vampire facial, this treatment uses microneedling to infuse your own plasma and platelets into your skin. Since the chemical compounds found in your own plasma stimulate collagen production you are getting twice the benefit.
Chemical peels - these are resurfacing treatments which will stimulate superficial collagen production, much like exfoliating.
Skin Boosters -Consisting of non cross linked Hyaluronic acid, these boosters are injected into your skin. The hyaluronic acid will trigger elastin and collagen production
Dermal Fillers - Consisting of cross linked Hyaluronic Acid, the fillers do not degrade as quickly as skin boosters. They can be used to fill areas where you have lost fat. Often used to fill marionette line, nasolabial lines, cheeks and jawline as well as lips.
Botox - This is a toxin which is injected into the muscles to stop them from creating wrinkles. They are extremely effective on the forehead and around the eyes where it is not advised to inject dermal fillers
If you would like any advice on any of the treatments mentioned above please get in touch