Skin ageing is a complex biological process that begins in your early 20’s. It is primarily determined by a combination of extrinsic factors like UV radiation, diet and smoking and intrinsic factors like genetics and hormonal changes. The most significant extrinsic factor is typically UV damage from the sun. Ageing skin is mostly characterised by a loss of collagen, reduced elasticity, fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and irregular pigmentation.
There are approximately 8-10 active compounds that have good clinical evidence for reducing skin ageing. By far the most critical are SPF30+ sunscreen, topical Vitamin C and Retinoids.
Retinoids are a derivative of Vitamin A and work to increase skin cell turnover which provides many anti-ageing benefits including reducing the appearance of sun damage and some hormonal pigmentation, stimulating collagen production leading to a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, helping restore epidermal barrier and skin thickness and helping regulate oil levels in acne prone skin.
Anti-ageing skincare is most effective using a combination of both cosmeceutical and prescription strength formulations, for which clinical studies show increasing effectiveness. Understanding which compounds to prioritise for maximum clinical efficacy and how to use them in a daily skincare regime is critical to achieving the best results.
Assure offers 30 minute anti-ageing consultations with our dermal therapists, either by video call (if appropriate) or in-person appointment, for $50 redeemable against the cost of any non-surgical skin treatment or skincare product purchase.
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