Whatever your age, you want to look your best. Although everyone ages differently, determined by our genetics and various lifestyle factors, here’s our guide to what’s happening beneath the surface and what aesthetic treatments are available to give you the best skin of your life.
In your 20s
During your 20s, you should finally be free of any acne issues that troubled you through puberty and your skin look plump, hydrated and glowing. While the ageing process might seem irrelevant when you are in your 20s, this decade should be all about preventing future damage. The most important step you can take is to wear a high coverage SPF on your face every day to protect against excessive sun exposure.
It is also in your mid to late 20s, that your body’s collagen levels start to decrease by about 1% a year. You won’t see the effect of this natural decline, but it’s never too early to adopt a skincare routine that promotes cell renewal. Retinol is a vitamin A-based skincare ingredient that promotes cell turnover and helps to exfoliate any dead skin cells.
In your 30s
It’s in your 30s that the depletion of collagen and slowing down of cell regeneration starts to show. Add in the general stresses of daily life, from smoking, alcohol consumption, work-related stress to family pressures, and you may begin to see fine lines develop, a slight loss in skin elasticity, darker circles under the eyes, and a duller complexion with more enlarged pores.
In your 30s you may want to supercharge your skincare routine with more advanced aesthetic treatments. The 3D Hydro Facial is a seven-step super facial that involves a deep cleanse, exfoliation, skin tightening with RF technology, cryo-facial, hydration and oxygenation.
The Perfect Peel is a medium to deep strength skin peel that uses a combination of acids to inflict controlled ‘damage’ to the surface of the skin or epidermis and to just beneath it. The body’s natural healing response kicks in to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin fibres and speed up cell renewal. The Perfect Peel is the first skin peel to contain super antioxidant Glutathione which neutralises free radical damage including sun damage.
The peel is formulated to be safely used on all skin types. As well as reversing the early signs of ageing, such as pore size, fine lines and wrinkles as well as overall tone and texture, it can also target skin concerns such as acne, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and rosacea.
In your 40s
Dynamic wrinkles caused by the constant contraction and relaxation of your facial muscles become more marked and present as crow’s feet and frown lines. Gravity and loss of volume also starts to play a role and patients often start to lose their rounded, plump cheeks and see deeper folds appear between the nose and mouth and loss of definition along the jawline.
Medical grade skincare and advanced skin rejuvenation treatments should continue to be the foundation stones of your approach to anti-ageing. However, your 40s is often the decade where you begin to explore injectables.
Anti-wrinkle injections work by temporarily freezing the nerves that signal our facial muscles, softening and smoothing forehead furrows or crow’s feet. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, restore volume and smooth out folds, to give your face a more youthful and lifted look.
In your 50s and 60s
Hormonal changes due to the menopause can wreak havoc on the skin. Our levels of oestrogen rapidly drop, and our skin becomes thinner and dryer. Ageing changes such as wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and poor skin tone are accelerated.
Many years of sun exposure causes an over-proliferation of melanin, the pigment-producing cells in the dermis and, as our skin thins, dark spots and areas of discolouration start to appear more noticeable.
One exciting development in aesthetic in recent years is the emergence of injectable moisturisers. Profhilo’s high concentration of hyaluronic acid means that it literally injects hydration back into the skin while at the same time causing a remodelling effect. Sagging, dry and crepey skin becomes visibly plumper and more lifted.
Hyperpigmentation can be improved with regular advanced aesthetic treatments such as 3D Dermaforce Radiofrequency Microneedling which also involves little risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
For expert and individually tailored advice on which aesthetic approach is best for you, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation.