Anti Ageing is a funny term because getting older is inevitable, with every cell in our body programmed to eventually die, the rate at which we age is far more in our control than what you may think.
Premature ageing refers to an accelerated ageing process, where our cells have aged faster than chronologically programmed due to external factors i.e. our skin has aged prematurely.
By understanding what causes the skin to age, you are able to provide a ‘better-ageing’ environment for your skin.
When it comes to premature ageing, most people think of lines & wrinkles, however there are many factors that affect our youthful appearance such as loss of firmness, loss of elasticity, uneven skin tone, lack of radiance, loss of volume and a lack of hydration.
Whilst some anti-ageing creams promise to treat lines & wrinkles, this is generally a temporary effect of increased hydration in the skin. For a truly “anti ageing” treatment you must take a holistic approach and address all of factors that causing you to age prematurely.
There are many factors that cause us to age prematurely, however to understand what exactly, we must first understand there are two different types of ageing, Intrinsic and Extrinsic Ageing.
Intrinsic Ageing – is the natural ageing process, the rate at which is determined by our genetic coding or DNA and of which we have no control over. Intrinsic Ageing starts in our mid 20’s and is determined by which the rate of new collagen production and cellular turnover begins to slow down.
Our skin is in a constant state of renewal, with collagen being broken down and rebuilt all the time. As we age the old collagen is broken down faster than the new collagen is being produced. Fortunately the results are not visible in the skin until decades later.
Extrinsic Ageing – refers to external factors that contribute to and accelerate the ageing process. In other words environmental and lifestyle choices that are literally robbing us of our youth!
The initial step is an in-depth skin health consultation to identify all of the contributing extrinsic ageing factors that are causing your skin to age prematurely.
Only by implementing a complete “anti ageing” programme to address the extrinsic ageing factors are you truly fighting the ageing process.
A typical treatment with Andy would involve a course of CosMedix Benefit Peels (the amount needed would vary depending on the severity of your concerns). Using a combination of 20% L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and 10% Encapsulated Retinol AGP Complex (Vitamin A) to target lines & wrinkles, uneven skin tone, loss of firmness and increase skin hydration.
An advanced home care regime is also recommended to follow in-between treatments, which would be discussed as part of your aftercare. CosMedix Blueberry Jessner is also particularly good for treating environmental and photo-damaged skin and can be use in conjunction with other peel treatments.
For more advanced results a higher strength treatment such as CosMedix Timeless Peel or Deep Sea Peel may also be recommended. Both work at a much deeper level for an increased cellular turnover and enhanced results.
Micro needling is also a very effective anti ageing treatment because it restores normal cell function and increases collagen production. Micro needling can be used instead of or alongside metabolic peels as part of an overall treatment process.
Bespoke treatment packages are available at significantly discounted cost.
Andy is based in Harborne, Birmingham. If you are interested in facial skin rejuvenation treatments for book an appointment now.