As we age, our skin changes; over-exposure to the sun, plus damage caused by other external factors (such as our diet and pollutants) can make these changes more noticeable, but there are also a number of natural changes to the physiology of the skin that take place as we get older. It’s important to be aware of these changes, and adapt our skincare routines accordingly to ensure that we are meeting our skin’s needs effectively from year to year, and decade to decade.
So what changes? To start with, as you enter your thirties, the production of collagen and elastin – the main structural proteins in tissue that give it shape and allow it to ‘bounce back’ after it has been stretched or contracted – starts to reduce. The rate of new skin cells being produced also begins to slow, and skin can appear drier and duller than it has done previously. It is at this point that fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin tone may become more noticeable than they had before.
As you enter your forties, your skin continues to change, and you may notice the following:
- Lymphatic drainage – the process that flushes toxins from the body – decreases in speed, leading to ‘puffiness’ in certain areas, most noticeably on the face.
- Hyperpigmentation can become 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
- The Skin produces less sebum – an oily secretion – as we get older. This strips away the waxy, protective outer coating of the skin and can make it more vulnerable to external and environmental factors, like pollution and weather.
- Collagen and Elastin production continues to slow down.
If you want to effectively tackle the visible symptoms of ageing, a multi-faceted approach to skincare is required. For example, if you want to ensure that the build-up of old skin cells is regularly ‘cleared away’ from your skin, treatments that work to manually or chemically exfoliate the skin – like microdermabrasion (https://www.ab-med.co.uk/treatments/skin-rejuvenation-treatments/microdermabrasion/ ) or a chemical peel (https://www.ab-med.co.uk/treatments/skin-rejuvenation-treatments/skin-peels/ ) – can help to restore your natural ‘glow’. If you want to promote an increase in the production of collagen and elastin in certain areas of skin, treatments such as PRP Therapy (aka ‘The Vampire Facial’ – https://www.ab-med.co.uk/treatments/skin-rejuvenation-treatments/prp-therapy/ ), Dermal Needling (https://www.ab-med.co.uk/treatments/skin-rejuvenation-treatments/dermapen/ ) and also Profhilo (https://www.ab-med.co.uk/treatments/profhilo/ ) can help to improve the overall texture and condition of your skin. If dry skin or hyperpigmentation are issues that you want to tackle, high quality cosmetic products – like iS Clinical’s White Lightening Complex, designed to tackle the causes of hyperpigmentation (https://www.ab-med.co.uk/store/is-clinical-skincare/white-lightening-complex/ ), or Lycogel’s breathable balm (https://www.ab-med.co.uk/store/lycogel/breathable-balm-60ml/ ) – 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. It is for this reason that 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 between appointments. These consultations allow us to look closely at the unique requirements of a patient’s skin, and come up with an individually tailored skincare plan. If you would like us to help you with your individual skincare needs, book a consultation today – call us on 01628 303020 or 0800 8766322.