Depending on your genetics and lifestyle, signs of aging can start as soon as we reach our late twenties to early thirties. Skin changes include wrinkles, age spots and dryness. The production of collagen and elastin starts to slow down as we approach the late 20s. As a result, it will gradually lose its plump and smooth appearance. Facial skin can start to sag, pores start to enlarge, and the skin also starts to get less resilient. This means the skin can take a longer time to recover from injuries resulting in persistent acne marks or a tendency to develop post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Two of the major causes of aging included genetics and UV light exposure. While you cannot change your genetic makeup, sun damage can be avoided. Unfortunately, if you have already subjected your skin to plenty of UV exposure in the first two decades of life, all that cumulative sun damage will begin to show up on your face as early as in your mid-twenties!
For preventive skin care, daily broad-spectrum sunscreen should be implemented as soon as possible while anti-ageing regimes (think serums, lotions and creams) can be incorporated as early as in your twenties. Protecting and nourishing your skin with antioxidants can help maintain your precious youthful glow and decrease signs of aging including fine lines, pigmentation and blotchiness.
With growing affluence and awareness, preventive treatment is no longer just a thing for women in their forties and fifties. For people in their 20s and 30s with strong forehead lines or crow’s feet, many are opting for preventive botox- low dose targeted injections into selective areas of the face. Preventive botox aims to soften deep lines formed by overly active muscles of expression before those lines become permanently etched onto the face. This avoids paralyzing the muscles totally and, hence circumventing the frozen look.
Beyond the use of regular sunscreen, collagen stimulating procedures can help to tip the scales back in our favour. For non-invasive face lifting, look for Ultherapy. This energy-based device jumpstarts the collagen regenerative process by utilising the use of high intensity focused ultrasound to lift and tighten the skin without any downtime.
To target volume loss, wrinkles and folds, a collagen stimulating filler such as Radiesse can help to restore volume in the skin and improve skin quality over the long term. Once injected, Radiesse directly provides volume and lift needed to diminish the signs of aging because of the calcium-based microspheres and gel that comprise the product. Both the gel and the microspheres are completely broken down by the body over time and are replaced by your own’s body natural collagen thanks to its unique formulation with stimulates the production of collagen. Overtime the skin elasticity improves giving rise to a long-lasting youthful appearance.
As the saying goes, fifty is the new forty. Forty is the thirty and thirty is the new twenty. Why look your age if you can do something about it?