If you have entered your middle age years, it’s good to be reminded of the sage advice to “grow old gracefully” – but that doesn’t mean we need to neglect to look after our skin. With the change of season (in age and weather) and impending cooler months, it’s important to think about good skin care.
As we mature our body’s biggest organ undergoes several alterations that can significantly change its texture, structure, volume and appearance. It’s all to do with sebaceous glands (responsible for producing oil) that start to slow down and get smaller after reaching our mid-40's.
Encouragingly, there are many options available to support good skin maintenance and reduce the signs of ageing. Among the simplest and most effective are undertaking a regular skin care routine and, for those wanting more immediate results, considering non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
During Autumn and Winter, our skin needs to be moisturised more often due to being exposed to colder temperatures, stronger winds, and constant air-conditioned heating in the home, office and vehicle. These factors can severely reduce the skin’s natural oils and leave it feeling dry and stressed.
Introducing a regular personal skincare routine, making sure to use products with high-quality ingredients, can make a noticeable difference. A basic home routine would include cleansing, exfoliating, increased moisturising and rejuvenating which collectively can go a long way to alleviate and manage problem areas.
Although there’s less sunshine, it’s also a good idea to keep protecting your skin against harmful UV rays that are prevalent all year round. Similar to warmer months, choosing a safe sunscreen and wearing protective hats and clothing will also help to keep your skin protected.
The demand to correct the most notable and unwanted facial changes through non-surgical cosmetic options continues to grow with the most popular procedures being injectables, which include dermal fillers and muscle relaxants, and laser treatments.
A recent study by CHOICE, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group, reports there is “no one treatment that deals with all skin issues and works for all people” which is why cosmetic doctors and technicians may suggest having more than one treatment.
Typically muscle relaxers, such as Botox and Dysport, target wrinkles or fine lines on the forehead and around the eyes. Dermal fillers are designed to enhance fuller lips and pad out hollow cheeks and eyes. Rather than just smoothing or tightening skin, they can change the facial profile to a more youthful one. Most laser treatments are used to promote facial rejuvenation and can produce quicker results with less downtime. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) uses bursts of intense light energy to heat the epidermis and dermis, stimulating collagen production and improving skin tone and texture as well as discolouration.
CHOICE concluded its review by advising consumers to do what reputable industry professionals have always supported. When contemplating any non-surgical procedure make sure you undertake some thorough research, know exactly what’s involved, and choose wisely based on experience, qualifications and expertise.