How do I achieve or maintain smooth, radiant skin?
Prevention and maintenance.
Look at the effects of sun exposure and smoking on the skin in these photos.
PREVENTION – sun, smoking and sugar all harm your skin.
Photo 1 – Identical twins – smoker non-smoker. (click photo to enlarge)
Photo 2 – One side of the face has had long term sun exposure. (click photo to enlarge)
Sun exposure, diet, hormones and smoking can add years to your actual age. The outer layers are most vulnerable to environmental factors and reflect structural and volume changes in the deeper layers. Most commonly the texture of the skin is affected by dryness, wrinkles and a build-up of excess dead skin cells as our natural exfoliation processes slow down.
Where there’s smoke there’s lines!
There is no doubt that smoking is bad for your skin. It accelerates ageing and combined with the damaging effects of sun exposure can make you look older than you are.
The more cigarettes you smoke, the more likely wrinkles will occur. In fact, the signs of early wrinkling are visible under a microscope in smokers as young as 20.
When you give up smoking you don’t have to keep your lines – We can help!
Sunscreen, shade, broad-brimmed hat and wrap around sun glasses.
Sun exposure harms the skin through the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. There are two types of most concern: UVB causes redness on the surface of the skin (think B = burning; UVA penetrates deeper into the skin’s renewing layers causing DNA damage and destroying the natural substances that give the skin volume (think A=ageing).
Sun damage is believed to be responsible for 80% of the skin damage attributed to the ageing process (called photo-ageing), as well as causing certain skin disorders. Sun damage has a significant effect on skin volume production and is responsible for skin thickening, mottled pigmentation and wrinkling.
Protect your face with a good quality sunscreen and reapply every 4 hours or as often as stated on your product. Remember if you apply it at 7am it is not active at 12 noon when you need it!
We see significant differences in the ageing of the two sides of the face due to the sun coming through the car window.
The condition of your skin reflects your general health and like the rest of your body, your skin needs good nutrition to look and feel its best. It is important to have a balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals and low in high GI carbohydrates (i.e. lollies, soft drinks, bread etc).
A diet low in carbohydrate has been shown to reduce acne and ageing.
Common Ingredients include:
- Retinoids – that consist of vitamin A. They have been proven to increase collagen and even out pigmentation.
- Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) -or fruit acids such as glycolic and lactic acids may improve the condition of the skin and help you maintain a healthy, glowing complexion.
- Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E help prevent damage to the skin by neutralising free radicals and the damaging chemicals produced by the sun, smoking, pollution and other environmental factors. They also promote the formation and repair of collagen, which makes your skin more supple and elastic, and reduces wrinkles.
Good quality cosmeceuticals and treatments such as fillers with natural sugar compounds, radio-frequency treatments, microdermabrasion and IPL can all help improve the quality of the skin.