No matter how old you become, you still feel like a young version of yourself. This is the view most psychologists have. When we age and look at ourselves in the mirror, there is a sense of shock and disbelief. “I am supposed to be 25. Where did those wrinkles come from?” How does one reconcile the self-image with reality? The rise of anti-ageing technology and therapies allow us to recapture our youthful look. Ageing cannot be stopped entirely but there are means to help reduce its ravages.
More than skin deep
Where do the signs of ageing show up? The skin is divided into three layers-the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous layer-and no layer is spared the effects of time. As we age, the skin cells become less regulated. Our epidermal barrier weakens, our melanocytes behave badly, and our skin stops looking supple, bright and clear. We get freckles or age spots, pigmentation, and the skin gets dry and sensitive, and dull. This all occurs in the epidermis and dermis. Then as our fibroblasts also become less effective, collagen and elastin, the building blocks of youthful skin, are produced less, and what is still there becomes damaged. There are pores and fine lines and the skin texture deteriorates. The skin starts to sag and the facial fat reduces. Now when you are trying to look younger, you have to reverse the signs of ageing on all three layers.
The art of reverse ageing
To improve the intrinsic youthfulness of the skin and keep the epidermis and dermis looking bright and clear, good genes therapy is a must. Now what is this? A combination of micro dermabrasion, micro needling, vacuum assisted vitamin infusion and LED, the therapy stimulates the same collagen we had as a baby. It also helps the skin cells regulate themselves so they stop behaving badly. A course of the therapy can help your skin regain its natural youth and suppleness while also improving pigmentation, pores, lines and glow. So, consider this the basic foundation of your anti ageing routine.
Now it’s time to go a little deeper. Those deep lines, larger pores and deeper discolourations need stronger results. So, look for therapies such as focus toning, CL4D, or simple PHOTOHD photo facials. These will target errant pigmentation while also boosting collagen secretion making your skin significantly clearer, without lines and pores. For those with severe lines that occur when you use muscles such as the frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet, you can consider botox done every three to six months.
Finally, let’s get down to the deepest layer. Sagging affects us all and those horrid lines near our mouths, deep under eye circles, thinning lips, the loss of our jawline and the appearance of neck lines reveal our age to all those around us. Look for therapies that target collagen in the deepest layers such as ulthera and thermitight. Done once a year, the treatment will help your skin look tighter and you younger by at least five to ten years. You can also consider hyaluronic acid-based fillers to lift and fill hollows and lines. When done correctly, it can look beautifully natural and fresh and lasts over a year.
The final point-don’t forget your neck, chest and hand. Often the first signs of age show up here and often they are the most neglected areas. Start now by wearing sunblock on these areas and start applying retinol at night to them now