As we age, our skin changes - over-exposure to the sun, plus damage caused by other external factors (such as pollutants and diet) can make these changes more noticeable, but there are also a number of natural changes to the physiology of the skin that occur as we get older. It’s important to be aware of these changes and adapt our skincare routines accordingly, to ensure that we meet our skin’s needs effectively from year to year, and decade to decade.
So what changes? For starters, as you enter your thirties, the production of elastin and collagen – the main structural proteins in tissue that give it shape and allow it to ‘bounce back’ after it has been stretched or contracted – begins to reduce. The rate of new skin cells being produced also slows and skin can appear drier and duller than it has done previously. At this point, uneven skin tone and fine lines and wrinkles may become more noticeable than before.
As you enter your forties, your skin continues to change, and you may notice the following:
- Hyperpigmentation becoming more noticeable as a result of hormonal changes as well as sun exposure, leading to a greater number of discoloured or brown patches on the skin
- Collagen and Elastin production continuing to slow down
- Lymphatic drainage – the process that flushes toxins from the body – decreasing in speed, leading to ‘puffiness’, most noticeably on the face
- The skin producing less of the oily sebum secretion as we get older. This strips away the protective, waxy outer coating of the skin and can make it more vulnerable to environmental and external factors, like weather and pollution
If you really want to effectively tackle the visible symptoms of ageing, a multi-faceted approach to skincare is needed. For example, if you want to ensure that the buildup of old skin cells is regularly ‘cleared away’ from your skin, treatments that work to chemically or manually exfoliate the skin – like microdermabrasion or a chemical peel – can help to restore your natural ‘glow’.
If you'd like to promote an increase in the production of elastin and collagen in your skin, treatments such as PRP Therapy (aka ‘The Vampire Facial’ – Dermal Needling and also Profhilo help to improve the overall condition and texture of your skin.
If it's dry skin or hyperpigmentation that you want to tackle, high quality cosmetic products – like iS Clinical’s White Lightening Complex, designed to tackle the causes of hyperpigmentation, or Lycogel’s breathable balm – could be all that you need to make a positive difference to the look, and feel, of your skin.
At Appearance Based Medicine, we understand that your skin is unique, so we insist on carrying out consultations with every patient the first time we meet with them, or if there has been a break of 12 months or more between appointments. These consultations allow us to look closely at the unique requirements of your skin and develop an individually tailored skincare plan with you. If you'd like us to help you with your individual skincare needs, book a consultation today.