We cannot slow our rate of ageing, but we can put brakes on the signs with a good skin care strategy.
Looking after our skin is something that needs to be done throughout our lifetime, but as we age the needs of the skin tends to change Australian Skin Face and Body’s dermal clinician, Fiona Priddle, talks about some of the most common problems as well as treatment options for men and women to consider in their mature years.
How does the skin change in those over the age of 55?
This is the age when all those years of sun-baking with baby oil start to show on our face. As we age, the function starts to slow down. We are not producing as much collagen as we did when we were younger, which will thin out the dermis layer. The turnover of the cells in the epidermis slow down, leaving us with a thicker dead skin cell layer on the surface and pigmentation looks a lot darker. Our muscles in the face reduce in size and slowly our bone reabsorbs, changing the structure and reducing the volume and thickness of the face. Those fine lines around the eyes and the mouth start to turn into deeper wrinkles. This is when everything starts to head south.
How should the skin care routine change?
At this era, someone in their 50’s often has skin that is quite weathered and damaged. Because of the damage and weathered skin, it is crucial to include more active ingredients in skin care to repair and strengthen the skin. The market is flooded with so many products promising younger looking skin, which can be confusing as to what your skin needs.
Having a cosmeceutical skin care line with potent topical vitamins will deliver these active ingredients through to the deeper layers of the epidermis to the dermis, which is going to make the changes in the way the skin functions and increase cell turnover and stimulate our fibroblasts – the production of collagen.
There are key ingredients that are a must have in your home skin care routing to maintain a youthful appearance. Vitamin B, also known as niacinamide is excellent for reducing inflammation, hydration, neutralising your oil production and pigmentation.
Vitamin A is amazing for increasing skin cell turnover and stimulation the production of collagen, thickening the dermis layer and reducing wrinkles.
Vitamin C helps to strengthen our collagen fibres that are being formed so that are not broken down easily.
Sunscreen is a must in your skin care if you are not protecting your skin then this can undo any hard work in repairing your skin.
What are things people should be looking out for more in senior years?
The areas that show ageing the most and are a big concern for our clients in the 50’s are lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth area. We all want to look into the mirror and have our skin reflect the way you feel on the inside.
What are some treatments people should consider for the future of their skin?
At Australian Skin Face Body, we have a large range of treatments that our dermal clinician can tailor.
Combination of skin care routine, using sun screen and regular treatments, can help address all skin concerns. The clinician can select from laser treatments we offer including micro needling, peeling treatments or microdermabrasion with a gentle LED to finish off the treatment, peel and rejuvenation.
Because of the texture and tone of your skin, resurfacing treatments will deliver the best results. All of these treatments can be combined with anti-wrinkle injections to increase the results. Different wavelengths of laser can be used to treat pigmentation and redness in the skin.
What is the best way of minimising the appearance of wrinkles?
Prevention is always the key to minimising the look of wrinkles, so diligent application of sunscreen every day and reapplication in summer months is very important.
Application of too much make-up can accentuate wrinkles, so minimal make-up application can help, use of active skin care to keep skin refined, and resurfacing treatments can reverse the signs of lines and wrinkles while wrinkle injections can also be a quick fix.
Many clients use a combination of all of these.
What about rosacea?
Rosacea is a very common condition in men and women.
We see a lot of patients who are concerned about redness n their cheeks and want to minimise flushing in the cheeks.
A laser treatment that is attracted to the blood vessels under the skin targets any vascularity in the skin to reduce the visible redness has seen great results. Four to six treatments are recommended, four weeks apart.
As appeared in the Geelong Advertiser, Senior Living Publication, September 2017