Let’s get one thing straight: ageing is inevitable, it happens to everyone and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. However, with the right skincare products and routine, lifestyle habits and tools, you can easily promote healthy, natural ageing that will keep you looking like a million bucks for years to come. After all, preventative skin care measures are paramount in combating hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles that can often make themselves known as soon as the age of 30.
So, if you’re on a mission to age with grace, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we share our top 10 ageing skincare tips and tricks for flawless, glowing skin no matter your age. Read on to find out more.
1. Use A Gentle Face Wash/Cleanser
Any good anti-aging skincare routine begins with a quality, gentle face wash that is free from harsh chemicals, parabens and harmful additives. Daily cleansing with a gentle face wash is important for removing skincare products and cosmetics that you’ve applied during the day, as well as accumulated pollutants, bacteria and natural skin oils. A gentle cleanser will also help to preserve your skin barrier and prevent it from age-related dehydration and damage that may worsen fine lines and wrinkles. Our top pick for anti-ageing cleansers is the Lira Clinical Pro Exfoliating Cleanser.
2. Never Skip The Sunscreen
Sunscreen is one of those non-negotiables for anyone who is looking to maintain and preserve healthy skin, regardless of age. More importantly, sunscreen helps to protect from skin cancer and sun damage that can have devastating effects on your health. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, over half of skin cancer related deaths are people over the age of 65, making it that much more important to prioritise the use of broad-spectrum, SPF 30 (or higher) sunscreen every time you step out of the house. Furthermore, regular sunscreen use protects against photoaging: the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
3. Moisturise Daily
Did you know that dry skin tends to appear older than hydrated skin? When the skin becomes dry or dehydrated, it can accentuate the appearance of lines and wrinkles, making you look older. As such, it is vital that you take the time to moisturise daily to fight the signs of ageing. By using a moisturiser twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, you will keep dry skin at bay. Our top pick for mature skin is BIO Lift Crème with PSC, formulated with Epigenetic Technology, Swiss Apple, Sea Fennel, Alpine Rose and Edelweiss Plant Stem Cells.
4. Fight Age Spots With Laser Photo Rejuvenation
Age spots, also known as Liver spots, are flat tan, brown or black spots that are common in older adults and/or people who’ve spent lots of time in the sun. It commonly presents on areas most exposed to the sun such as the face, shoulders, neck, décolletage and backs of the hands and affects all skin colours and all skin types and conditions. At Victorian Dermal Clinics Melbourne, we specialise in Laser Photo Rejuvenation using the Candela Gentlemax Pro. This treatment is an extremely effective method for removing unwanted pigmentation and reducing the signs of ageing.
5. Start Using Retinoids
Over time, ageing skin starts to lose collagen, the protein responsible for keeping it looking smooth and lifted. This can result in skin that looks creased, dull or lacking in volume. Thankfully, experts agree that the best line of defence is to use a retinoid, the prescription-strength version of vitamin A. Retinoids reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen. They also stimulate the production of new blood vessels in the skin, which improves skin colour.
Additional benefits include fading age spots and softening rough patches of skin.
6. Protect Your Skin From Trauma
One of the reasons wrinkles happen is due to damage to your skin, and since older skin is more fragile, trauma can have larger effects. Studies have shown that pressing your face against a pillow as you sleep can cause permanent ‘sleep wrinkles’, while tugging down at your skin when applying skincare products can accelerate droopy skin. As such, you are always encouraged to reduce the amount of trauma your skin experiences by applying your skin care products upwards. This will help you work against gravity and improve elasticity to prevent premature ageing.
Find out more about how you can prevent sleep wrinkles here.
7. Watch What You Eat
It comes as no surprise that diet has a direct effect on the signs of ageing. Afterall, the saying ‘“you are what you eat” does indeed ring true when it comes to health and wellbeing. To counteract the signs of ageing, it is important to eat foods that nourish the skin over the years. We recommend limiting alcohol intake which can dehydrate your skin, and to exercise moderation when indulging in high-sugar foods and white carbohydrates that can age you faster by breaking down glucose.
Instead, opt to fill your plate with a variety of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and lean proteins such as fish, leat means, legumes and beans to help build strong collagen. We also recommend foods high in vitamin C (Citrus, Peppers, Strawberries, Broccoli) to keep skin looking youthful.
8. Don’t Skimp On Sleep
Are you guilty of never getting adequate sleep? Getting a quality 7-8 hours in per night can be difficult, especially when you lead a busy life. However, skimping on sleep may be accelerating your ageing and causing your skin to look older by the day. While you are asleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, and the organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots. Because of this, a healthy amount of sleep is essential to promoting skin renewal and anti-ageing.
9. Rebuild Collagen With Skin Needling
Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy is a non-invasive procedure that creates microscopic channels into the skin. This stimulates the wound healing response, triggering the production of new collagen and elastin fibres to correct and re-build the skin’s structure. For neck laxity that is often experienced during ageing, skin needling can encourage renewal of collagen fibres within the skin, improve the skin’s elasticity and improve the tone in the skin tissue around the neck and jaw region.
If you want to learn more, read the skin needling FAQ. Alternatively, contact us today and one of our skin care professionals will be in touch.
10. Stay Active
Last but not least, findings from a few studies suggest that moderate exercise can improve circulation and boost the immune system. This, in turn, may give the skin a more-youthful appearance. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of exercise, something as simple as dancing or taking a 30 minute stroll around the neighbourhood a couple of times a week can contribute greatly to the overall appearance of your skin.
It’s Never Too Late To Benefit
Even if you already have signs of premature skin ageing, you can still benefit from making a variety of changes to your skincare routine, lifestyle and daily habits. At Victorian Dermal Clinics Melbourne, we specialise in a variety of different treatments and solutions that help to reduce the visible signs of ageing, no matter your age.
To find out more or to book a consultation with one of our experienced clinicians, simply head to our contact page today.