What is Ageing Skin?
Skin ageing results from biological changes in the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis.
In the epidermis, barrier function is reduced causing an increase in transepidermal water loss (TEWL). TEWL is the diffusion of water from the blood circulation through the dermis and epidermis finally to evaporate at the surface.
Skin cell turnover slows causing dryness and there are pigment production changes, aggravated by sun exposure, leading to uneven skin tone.
Potential causes of Ageing skin and photoageing
Ageing of the skin can be divided into two categories: Intrinsic and Extrinsic.
Intrinsic ageing, known as natural or chronological ageing, normally begins in our mid-20s and is determined by genetics.
Extrinsic ageing accounts for up to 90% of skin ageing and is largely controllable. The most common causes are:
• Sun exposure - the major cause, often referred to as photoageing.
• Pollution and environmental stressors
• Lifestyle choices, such as smoking and alcohol consumption
The good news is that you can reverse some of this damage and prevent future negative effects on the skin.
Signs of ageing and photoageing on your skin
While the visible ageing process varies from person to person, some common skin changes include:
Fine lines and wrinkles
Loss of elasticity or a slower “snapback” when skin is pulled
Lack of firmness
Loss of fat and fullness
What is happening in the skin?
In the dermis, collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid levels decrease leading to reduced firmness, elasticity and hydration. This results in fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and decreased skin tone. Hypodermis ageing is marked by the loss of fat in the face, which leads to decreased fullness, sagging skin and wrinkles.
Free radical damage pollutants: ultraviolet radiation produce free radicals which cause our skin to weaken and become dull.
Slow cellular turnover: Re leading to dull, thinned skin.
Targeted actions for skin health and ageing skin treatment.
Antioxidant protection which supports cellular protection for cells.
Stimulate collagen production.
Increase cell turnover.
Protect against UVB & UVA damage.
Your journey to glowing and healthy skin will begin with a thorough skin consultation discussing your skin concerns and your current skincare regimen. Your skin will be assessed and based on your skin type and skin concerns a bespoke treatment plan will be designed. This can include a combination of in clinic chemical peels, microneedling and home care treatments.
You can purchase products during your consultation or online and they will be delivered to your home.