We all know what ageing is, we get to experience that every day… What many people do not know is how to reverse the clock…
Let’s take a look at the skin. The skin as we know it is an organ, the skin also has three main layers.
- The epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, provides a waterproof and protection barrier and creates our skin tone.
- The dermis, beneath the epidermis, contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands.
- The hypodermis, the deeper subcutaneous tissue that is made of fat and connective tissue.
Healthy skin completely renews itself every 30 days, this is known as the cell turn over rate. Cellular turnover describes how quickly skin produces new cells, or how quickly new skin cells migrate from the deepest layers to the top layers of skin.
Slowed cellular turnover is triggered by a decrease in collagen synthesis and elastin, these are the building blocks of healthy skin. Aging skin leads to a loss of skin vibrancy, lift, elasticity, and firmness.
It’s not just the natural aging process, also known as intrinsic factors, that slows cellular turnover. Extrinsic factors such as your lifestyle choices like smoking, or spending too much time in the sun, a stressful lifestyle, poor diet and nutrient deficiencies can cause cellular turnover to slow a lot earlier than our genetics would determine.
The epidermis is the paper-thin outer layer of the skin. The outer layer of the epidermis consists of dead cells that are always flaking or washing off. This process is known as desquamation. As we age, this cycle of cell production and replacement slows down. When we are babies, cellular turnover can happen in as little as every 3-5 days. That is why a baby’s skin looks plump, radiant, and wrinkle-free. As we age, cellular turnover slows, extending this process by up to 28-45 days by the time we are 30 years old, 45-60 days by the time we are 40, and 60-90+ days as we continue to age.
How do you turn back the clock on your ageing?
Well, as you can see the cell turnover rate is vital for new cell production, as we age this process slows down drastically, the skin produces fewer cells and it takes the skin longer to repair damaged cells. This is not the only factor that deteriorates, along with this is your collagen and elastin, you also lose hyaluronic acid, which helps plump out the skin as it draws water to the area. We would need to intervene in the cellular turnover process and assist the cells to perform the way they did when you were younger, allowing us to slow the aging process down.
When we talk about treatments, we also include the use of homecare products as this allows us to obtain quicker results but also maintains the results one has achieved. There are many options today to help this process. When the cosmetics industry developed to cosmeceuticals, there was enough evidence to prove that increasing your cell turnover rate while assisting your desquamation process, reverses the clock on your age. This was before the discovery of aesthetic lasers and devices we use today.
So, before we list some of the types of treatments, remember that products like retinol and fruit acids exfoliate the skins surface therefore helping the desquamation rate, which helps you turn back the clock slowly on a daily, or sometimes bi-weekly routine!
Treatments that help anti-age the skin are all there to resurface, hydrate and nourish the skin to stimulate your cell turnover rate, which stimulates your collagen, elastin, and other important structures in the skin.
There are many more procedures available today, these are just a few of the amazing treatments that will assist in turning back the clock on your ageing!
It’s not just the natural aging process, known as intrinsic factors, but also the extrinsic factors such as your lifestyle choices like smoking, or spending too much time in the sun, a stressful lifestyle, poor diet and nutrient deficiencies that can cause cellular turnover to slow a lot earlier than our genetics would determine. So be sure to live a healthy, nutritious, active lifestyle along with the help of daily use of cosmeceutical products and a monthly to a quarterly routine of the required medical aesthetic treatments.
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Written by Skin & Laser Specialist, Angie Chaplin
For as long as Angie can remember she has always been passionate about the Skin Care and Aesthetic industry. While completing her International Degree, she worked at various clinics to build as much experience and additional knowledge as possible. Once Angie had completed her International Degree in Somatology in 2011, she specialized in Aesthetic and Laser treatments. She has been privileged to work closely with Doctors and Dermatologists throughout her career, and has had the blessing of providing training for other Aesthetic Somatologists as well as Medical Practitioners within the industry.
Angie has also worked with a large variety of lasers and machines, and believes that a combination of different treatments and products are always the key to quickly achieve optimal results