When treating our wonderful clients at Sheer Elegance, ageing is one of the main concerns that we constantly see pop up during our consultations – I mean, who wouldn’t want to stay looking younger for longer?
When treating an ageing skin it is best to start at the beginning with the ageing process and then look at how we can begin to turn back time. Let’s start off with the collagen-making production process so you can get a grasp of what happens underneath our outermost layer of skin.
Collagen, elastin & hyaluronic acid are the 3 proteins found in our dermis and these proteins are responsible for skin bounce, lift and density. These proteins are created from tiny cells called Fibroblasts. Fibroblasts have the ability to reproduce exact copies of themselves to produce more and more healthy baby collagen and elastin which will eventually turn into firm, dense proteins therefore resulting in a plump, lifted skin. Around the time you hit 18-20 years of age these Fibroblast cells will stop reproducing themselves and then begin a cell death drop rate of around 2% each consecutive year, so you can now begin to imagine why once we hit our thirties we begin to start noticing those fine lines developing and unfortunately it seems all downhill from here (literally). On top of this “natural” reduction of collagen and elastin we have other external factors which can accelerate the ageing process such as UV damage, free radical attack, smoking, diet – the list is endless.
I’d like to quickly touch on why UV protection is so important when it comes to ageing, too.
When talking about sun exposure we always hear about two types of ultra-violet rays – UVA and UVB. We all know how strong the Australian sun is but what we are finding what many clients don’t know is that when the sun rises in the morning our UVA rays – those responsible for premature ageing – are just as strong and continue the same intensity all the way until the sun goes down. Unlike our UVB rays, our UVA rays do not become more or less intense as the day goes on. This means that UVA rays can be damaging your skin as early as 6am in the morning! Who thought they needn’t wear sunscreen for that morning run?
UVA rays are our “invisible killer”. They are able to penetrate dermal layers of the skin and are responsible for the release of special enzymes called Collagenase and Elastase. These enzymes accelerate premature breakdown of our important collagen and elastin fibres therefore becoming huge contributors to loss of bounce and elasticity in our skin. This is why sun protection at all hours of the day is an absolute must when treating an ageing skin – And don’t even get me started on the effects the sun has on pigmentation! Check out our blog on pigmentation HERE for more information on the melanin production process and what you can do to prevent and rid your skin of those troublesome sun spots.
Now, we all know that ageing is inevitable however there are certain steps we can take to prolong the ageing process. Firstly I will touch on a few things you can be doing at home to help keep your skin looking more youthful:
- You are what you eat – Drink plenty of water, eat a diet rich in omegas & full of greens to keep your skin plump & hydrated. We recommend using DMK’s EFA Tablets to get your skin back to health, plump & bouncy again. Take one in the morning and one at night. If your skin is quite severely aged we may recommend 2 in the morning and 2 at night until your skin is looking healthier. Eating cooked salmon once a week just doesn’t cut it! These Essential Fatty Acid supplements will help to restore your skin cells to good health and aid in creating a more hydrated, plump, healthy skin.
- Three vitamins essential for optimum skin health – A, C & E. Using a skincare regime full of these 3 vitamins will feed your skin from the outside in helping to turn back time. Vitamin A to improve the health of our skin cells, vitamin C to strengthen the skin and collagen and vitamin E to support the skin. Skins deficient in these three vitamins can impact the Fibroblasts ability to keep the skin looking youthful.
- Protect your skin with an SPF30-50! After reading this article you should now understand the importance of sun protection. Keep an eye out for physical protectors in your SPF (zinc & titanium) to make sure UV light is being reflected at the surface of your skin and is in no way penetrable. Chemical SPFs absorb UV rays in between skin layers which can lead to free radical attack thus resulting in cell death. Physical protectors are a must!
Lastly, I am going to finish off with some treatments available at our salon that are great for collagen and elastin production. Treatments such as IPL Skin Rejuvenation, Skin Peels, Dermabrasion and our Collagen Unit have the ability to stimulate our skin cells to get more active thus resulting in energised Fibroblasts, however, there are two anti-ageing stand out treatments at Sheer Elegance that are specifically designed to treat an ageing skin – Sublime Contour & Lift and Skin Needling.
SUBLIME CONTOUR & LIFT – The use of a gently pulsed infrared light alongside optimal energy will initiate deep dermal heating resulting in an immediate plump and lifted appearance of the lower face and/or neck. Following this procedure increased baby collagen will begin to form as your fibroblasts become more energized which over time (up to 6 months post treatment) will turn into strong, healthy collagen.
SKIN NEEDLING – This treatment is the ONLY treatment that can actually create redivision of your Fibroblast cells which, as mentioned earlier in this article, normally stops once you reach the age of 20. By redividing Fibroblasts this means more and more new Fibroblasts are available (WOOHOO!) to create new, healthy collagen and elastin fibres resulting in up to an incredible 400% increase of collagen over the course of treatments. Results from a course of these treatments can continue to be seen up to 2 years later as the production of forming new fibroblasts and then baby collagen to new, healthy, strong collagen can take this long.
So as you can see there is much to learn about the ageing process. Our skincare recommendations are not just to treat an ageing skin, they are also a preventative. The more you look after your skin now the greater it will look in the future.
I hope this article has helped you understand the ageing process a little bit better and don’t forget if you’d like any more information to ask one of our therapists next time you visit Sheer Elegance.