Anti-ageing skincare and products aim to help you achieve a healthy, smooth, blemish-free, translucent and resilient skin as you go through the skin ageing that is part of the change of life.
It is possible to age healthily, using the personalised, gentle, science-based approach we offer in Woking, that can reduce or minimise the effects of ageing.
Society and product marketing have made us all want to look more youthful, and anti-ageing skincare is big business.
Unfortunately, the outcome of some of the skincare treatments and products do not always seem to live up to the marketing promises. A science-based approach to your skincare can help you overcome this hurdle. It is possible to age healthily, and have your skin continue to improve as you can see from Dr Susan's own picture here.
There are two kinds of skin ageing:
· intrinsic ageing and
· extrinsic ageing.
Intrinsic ageing is caused within your body and is governed by things like your hormones and genes. You cannot prevent this. This is a natural part of growing older.
Extrinsic ageing is caused by your lifestyle and your environment – for example, sun damage and pollution. And this really becomes visible during the change of life. You can get a good idea of how much your skin is affected using a good skin analysis. A personalised treatment incorporating anti-ageing skincare can minimise or reduce the impact of these visible signs of skin ageing. Bespoke science-based skincare at our beauty salon in Woking can be very effective.
Some 80% of the cause of extrinsic ageing is caused by long term sun damage to your skin. A two-pronged approach to your skincare treatment can be useful in helping you to understand what is happening to your skin, enabling you to properly address you skincare problems – the one aiming to reduce the impact of previous sun damage, and the other aiming to minimise current and future sun damage.
Your skin starts ageing from birth and continues throughout your life.
In your youth, it can be quite hard to see the signs of skin ageing, but these become increasingly visible as you get older, and particularly at menopause and the change of life. You're not alone and you don't have to continue struggling. Anti-ageing skincare can help.
The general spectrum has white blonde, blue eyed ladies being likely to show signs of skin ageing much earlier, while at the other end of the spectrum, black women tend to show signs of ageing much later.
Many women notice very fine lines around their eyes in their mid-20s, which is an early sign of skin ageing.
By your late 30s and early 40s, you may notice what appears to be larger pores that are not easy to cover with makeup. It's time to start anti-ageing skincare.
As you enter perimenopause, the fine lines at the outer corners of your eyes deepen, and more of them appear. Your skin feels drier. Some women notice some signs of hyperpigmentation – dark areas and dark spots appearing on their skin.
After menopause and the change of life, these lines deepen and there is more hyperpigmentation. Your skin feels increasingly dry.
In your 70s and older, your skin becomes fragile and easily bruised. It really feels very dry. Age spots can develop and become prominent.
There are small changes that happen in your body as you age, that causes skin ageing. Some of these are progressive. Some are cumulative.
In your youth, your skin cells are ‘born’, ‘work’ and ‘die’ quite quickly. There is a rapid turnover, and your skin naturally sloughs away the dead skin cells. You don't usually need anti-ageing skincare.
With skin ageing, this turnover of skin cells slows down, as the processes for creating new cells deep in the skin, moving them to where they are needed, and naturally sloughing off the dead cells become less effective.
Wounds, however small, take longer to heal as you go through the change of life.
For example, if you over-exfoliated your skin it could take a longer time to heal in your 50s than when you were in your 20s.
With your skin ageing, the amount of collagen your skin produces, and how well it is dispersed both reduce.
This means that as the change of life approaches, there is a gradual loss of skin elasticity and suppleness, and a slow increase in skin sagging.
Also, as the bond between the layers that form the skin weakens, wrinkles form.
You’ll have heard of hyaluronic acid. One of the heroes of anti-ageing skincare.
Your skin relies on a good supply of hyaluronic acid in the epidermis to keep it plump and hydrated but as a result of skin ageing, the amount of hyaluronic acid decreases in your epidermis.
Not only do you have less hyaluronic acid in your epidermis, but a key chemical the skin uses to bind water to its cells starts to function less well. Together, these cause your skin to feel dry.
Skin ageing: appearance before starting treatments at A Touch of Spa Beauty Salon.
MAKEUP: NONE WORN.
Visible improvements to the skin after 18 months of anti-ageing skincare treatments at A Touch of Spa Beauty Salon.
MAKEUP: NONE WORN
Continued improvements to the skin a decade after starting anti-ageing skincare treatments at A Touch of Spa Beauty Salon to combat skin ageing and the change of life.
MAKEUP: Only false eyelashes and lipstick.
The science-based skincare treatments at A Touch of Spa Beauty Salon aim to support the skin in carrying out its functions. These anti-ageing skincare treatments can aim to help the skin to regenerate, to improve its elasticity and smoothness, and clients agree.
The treatments at A Touch of Spa Beauty Salon in Woking are rooted in the scientific knowledge needed to make our non-invasive, gentle treatments work and deliver incredible results that just keep on improving your skin over time, regardless of the change of life and skin ageing. They are not invasive.
In the pictures above you can see the difference from the beginning, then after 18 months, and finally, the continued improvements a decade from starting A Touch of Spa's treatments.
It's the kind of improvement to your skin that make your eyes open wide in surprise and puts a huge smile on your face and a spring in your step.
Selling skincare products is a billion-pound industry to which people of all ages contribute, and particularly those going through the change of life decades.
Skincare products can advertise dramatic anti-ageing skincare results, but there may be relatively little scientific data to support these claims.
Some skincare products can contain the right ingredients to hydrate your skin and improve its overall appearance, and some vitamins and peptides can help to improve the appearance of your skin, helping to combat the signs of skin ageing.
Recently, there is a great deal of interest in plant-based products – ‘natural’ products, if you like. Antioxidants can help with sun damage, and some plant extracts might be useful in promoting wound healing. Medical grade manuka honey is well known for its healing ability in those suffering from skin cancer.
When Dr Susan uses products in her treatments in Woking, or recommends products for you, your skin’s needs are her primary focus. Then she looks at the ingredients your skin needs to improve. She looks beyond the marketing and marries the product ingredients to what science says your skin needs. It’s that marriage that reveals the right products for you.
A Touch of Spa Beauty Salon does not do invasive treatments.
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