The theme of ageing is fast becoming a concern for both men and woman, as is the idea of ageing gracefully. Men are now as concerned with ageing as we are living longer, meaning men generally have to work for longer than women. Using the correct skin care, assisting to combat signs of ageing, should now be of primary concern when making reference to our skin ageing timeline.
The Ageing Timeline – Ageing through the years
- Mid-20’s: Early onset of lines and wrinkles may start to be noticed.
- 30 -40’s: The nasolabial folds become more prominent especially if it is an inherited tendency
- 40’s to 50’s: Forehead wrinkles appear and crows -feet are etched at the outer edge of the eyes (canthus).
- 50’s to 60’s: The eye area begins to slope downwards and the nose is beginning to change. Wrinkles are starting to develop around the mouth and neck. The cheeks start to sink in leaving a concerning loss of roundness and youthful volume occurring due to fat loss in the face.
- 60 +: The eyes seem smaller because of the folded skin around them.
Bone loss is a concern as this is the important structure in holding all the facial features in place. Most would have attempted a face lift, Botox or fillers and threads and various treatments available, in an attempt to prolong the inevitable fate of the ageing face. The importance of vital skin care becomes more evident now than ever.
Whilst biological ageing is inevitable, using the correct skin care products helps to encourage the health of the skin, and may even help prolong the fate of the visual ageing process. DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care offers the following skin care tips to help attenuate the signs of ageing:
Cleanse your skin thoroughly!
A vitally important step in any skin care routine, cleansing the skin properly helps to ensure that all debris and make-up is removed from the skin. This in turn means that any product applied after cleansing will work more effectively as the absorption of active ingredients is facilitated. DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care cleansers are formulated to effectively clean the skin without stripping the skin of vital moisture.
Another cleansing step often overlooked, but playing an equally important role, is that of toning. Toning works to effectively remove the residue left by the cleansing routine. In general, a cleanser will not have the same cleansing effect as that of a toner, which has specifically been formulated for this vital function. A comparison would be like trying to remove nail polish with a cleanser! DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care offers 3 toners in the range, targeting various concerns including acne, ageing and hyperpigmentation.
Up the Antioxidants!
With daily exposure to sun and pollution comes the exposure to free-radicals, or unstable electrons that cause cellular damage within the skin. This free-radical damage to critical cell plasma membrane components results in cellular dehydration, and in turn causes ageing. Antioxidants act as free-radical scavengers and are an effective way of counteracting free-radical damage.
DermaFix Ferulic + C + E applied daily before your day-time moisturiser provides an antioxidant boost, giving an additional 72 hours of free radical protection to the skin.
Feed your skin!
Skin hydration and nourishment is another vital step in maintaining skin health. Choose from a variety of DermaFix moisturisers including DermaFix PowerDerm, a corrective moisturiser making use of Apple Stem Cell technology assisting to protect and encourage cellular rejuvenation for a healthy skin. Another viable option is that of DermaFix DeCeLeRate with Smart Peptides Matrixyl®3000 and Matrixl® Synthé 6® for a youthful appearance.
Use in combination with DermaFix Ceramide Complex with DMAE for additional skin nourishment and firming benefits.
Don’t skimp on the Sunscreen!
Sun exposure not only causes a suntan, but regular and prolonged sun exposure becomes one of the biggest ageing factors as UVA has been proven to breakdown collagen and elastin within the skin. More often than not, the use of sunscreen is only considered when we are planning a day at the beach or lounging around outside. Therein lies the biggest mistake, as even just stepping outside exposes one to the harmful effects of radiation.
Driving a motor vehicle during the day will too leave you exposed, especially on the side of the face, neck and the hands. Cyclists and runners show the ageing by the cross-linking clearly visible especially on their necks. Protect against the harmful effects of UV with DermaFix DermaShield SPF 40 / SPF 50 high protection sunscreens. Daily application is advised, with reapplication necessary when spending prolonged time outdoors.
Night-time is not just for sleeping!
Including a nightly anti-ageing protocol is so important in the prevention of ageing skin. MD Prescriptives Vitamin A Propionate assists to vitalise the skin when used regularly. Additional anti-ageing benefit may be seen with the inclusion of DermaFix Collagen Conformer, formulated with Soy Protein for perceivable lifting together with Acetyl Tetrapeptide 9 and 11.
To fine tune your anti-ageing skin care recommendation or get a better understanding of our ageing timeline, a thorough skin analysis is advised at any DermaFix Skin Care Clinic. For more information on these and other products within the DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care range, visit www.dermafix.co.za or contact us directly on 0861 28 23 23.