It’s never too early to start taking care of your skin and it’s never too late. If I had to recommend one skincare ingredient above all others to add to your regime, it’s Vitamin A. Your skin will thank you for it.
Vitamin A is key to maintaining healthy skin. A quick and easy way to work out if you’re deficient is to simply look at yourself in the mirror. If your skin is pale, or has sun damage, then it’s likely you’re low in Vitamin A. When Vitamin A levels drop, your skin becomes more prone to acne, pigmentation, wrinkles and aging. Your risk of developing and skin cancer can also increase.
Vitamin A makes your skin smoother and more even toned. It’s all you need for radiant looking skin. And if you start using Vitamin A early enough, it can help prevent the development of skin cancer.
There are other steps you can take to reduce the appearance of ageing. What you eat and drink is important. So is your lifestyle and level of sun exposure. Smoking can also have a big impact on your skin.
By embracing a care regime early, and adapting it with each decade, you can control the way your skin ages. Here’s my decade-by-decade guide to caring for your skin:
There are two things in life that teenagers cannot escape. And no, it’s not Mum and Dad. It’s puberty and hormonal changes. When these two combine, the result can be dreaded breakouts. Growing from tween to teen is the ideal time to start implementing a skincare routine. With new skin issues like breakouts, hormonal acne and the introduction of makeup, helping your teenager establish a morning and evening skincare routine will provide them with a good foundation for future skin health.
Guidelines: Start with a cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen. We have you covered with an organic, cost-effective range that’s perfect for young skin. If breakouts, acne or blemishes have already started, we have a range of products, treatments, supplements and dietary advice that can help. Book an appointment for a one-on-one consultation.
Suggested treatments: Use mild chemical exfoliation containing ingredients such as enzymes and lactic acid. Steam detoxification, and extractions where necessary, can also help when done in conjunction with LED Light Therapy to stimulate blood flow, calm and repair.
The decade for feeling invincible – and for thinking that ageing is what happens to ‘other people’. Truth is that this is the decade where the ageing process starts. What you do in these years will determine how well your skin will combat the signs of ageing, sun damage and pigmentation. Any damage that’s done now will be visible in the next ten years. Make skincare a priority. Invest in good advice to select the best skincare for your skin type and formulate good skin habits you can continue for a lifetime.
Guidelines: To complement your cleansing and moisturizing routine, add in a serum filled with antioxidants to help protect skin from free radical damage and ageing. Serums can also help protect your collagen. Most sun damage is done from birth through to age 30 so make vitamin C, E, Resveratrol and sunscreen your new best friends to minimise the risk. Laying a good skincare foundation in your 20s means any future treatments won’t have to work so hard in future. Eat a diet high in vegetables, fruit and protein with a focus on Omega-3 essential fatty acids which you’ll find in wild caught salmon and mackerel.
Treatment suggestions: Three to four yearly skin assessments to evaluate any skin changes and make the necessary adjustments to your skincare regime. Formulate an ongoing treatment plan which includes facials every two months to ensure a strong, functioning barrier. Treatment methods include advanced LED treatments and performance facials. We also recommend yearly medical micro-needling treatments in winter to boost collagen from the age of 25.
Our 30s are a turning point for skin health. This is the decade to start take your skin seriously because this is when the visible signs of ageing start. A reduction in collagen leads to less skin volume. Childbirth can have implications for your skin too. It’s important to adapt your skincare routine to combat these new concerns so look for products that increase the rate of cellular turnover, support collagen production and prevent pigmentation.
Guidelines: Collagen support requires the following ingredients: vitamin A, C, peptides and hyaluronic acid. Products with these ingredients will also increase cellular turnover, new cell production, increase hydration and protect, and reduce, uneven skin tone. We have top performing products that can help with this. It’s important to regularly change, or add a different vitamin or antioxidant to, your skin routine to ensure your skin is constantly improving and not plateauing. Monthly in-clinic treatments are essential together with a weekly ‘at home’ mask to keep your skin robust and healthy.
Treatment suggestions: Keep your body and skin in balance with a nutrient rich diet and skin treatments high in antioxidants. Medical micro-needling treatments should be part of this decade but conveniently spaced between pregnancies and breast feeding. Micro-needling should also be avoided if you’re feeling highly stressed.
This is a significant decade where the external effects of our environment, such as sun exposure and pollution, are noticed and continue throughout our lifetime. This is called extrinsic ageing. During this decade, your lymphatic system starts to slow down and skin can start to look puffy and dull so help is needed to remove toxins.
Guidelines: Keep using the products you used in our 30’s but increase the strength and adopt a more targeted approach. Retinol is the most important ingredient to be applying to your skin followed by antioxidants such as co-enzyme (Q10), stem cells and supplements. Rejuvenate your skin with increased visits to the clinic for a specifically designed treatment plan. Pay special attention to your eyes, neck and decolletage. Invest in a great eye cream, or serum, containing Argireline and acetyl hexapeptide. Increase the SPF in your sunscreen from 30 to 50 and make sure its TGA approved – and without chemicals. Take care of your health by focusing on diet, reducing stress, ensuring sufficient sleep and investing in activities that make you happy.
Treatment suggestions: As collagen production slows, performance-based treatments should be ramped up to increase, and support, fibroblast cell function. Take bioactive marine collagen powder daily, a multivitamin for the skin and balance your nutrient levels with supplements under the guidance of a health practitioner where necessary. Regular medical micro-needling treatments should be part of this decade. Treat and prevent pigmentation with laser and active skincare containing bearberry, licorice extracts, arbutin and kojic acid. Your future self will thank you later.
This is the decade where the past can really catch up with you – if you let it. Menopause, sun damage, past lifestyle choices, such as alcohol and smoking, can all be reflected in your skin through pigmentation, raised dark spots and deep wrinkles. Limiting sun exposure, adding niacinamide B3 and applying sunscreen regularly can help minimise the risk of developing skin cancer. A lack of elastin, and waning estrogen, can also cause everything to sag where it didn’t before. The eyelids turn heavy and hooded as the skin loses its youthful body. This is the time to spoil and nourish your skin everywhere – not just your face – with seabuckthorn fruit pulp, rosehip oil and pantothenic acid (B5).
Guidelines: Continue with specialist skincare. Maintain a regime of ‘at home’ masks twice a week and in-clinic treatments once a week, or every fortnight, depending on affordability. At this stage, it is more important than ever to maintain a positive attitude as this is a key contributing factor to a living a healthier and happier life.
Treatment suggestions: Continue with performance-based treatments including two or three medical micro-needling treatments ever year to clear uneven skin tone. Complement this with LED light therapy treatments once every two months. Balancing supplements is as important as ever to ensure balance and harmony.
Stylish 60s and beyond
Menopause is in the past and, while our skin is much more fragile, we can still look and feel our best at any age. Maintaining nourished, hydrated and healthy skin is crucial. Moisturise twice daily because mature skin needs more of everything.
Guidelines: It’s the maintenance era of thick moisturisers and serums that contain cocoa butter, squalene and low concentrations of retinol. These ingredients support the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid which are your skin’s anti-aging crusaders.
Treatment suggestions: We recommend relaxing facial massages, crystal lymph drainage and LED light therapy treatments to keep your skin supple, nourished and hydrated.
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