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THE AGEING OF SKIN
The Skin is the largest organ of our body and is the first to show the signs of aging. Skin aging is a complex process characterised by gradual loss of certain functional capacities. It involves the interaction of both intrinsic and extrinsic factors and can appear sooner or later and to a greater or lesser extent according to the individual.
Signs of Ageing Skin:
The basal cell layer of the epidermis slows its rate of cell production and thins the epidermis. The dermis may become thinner. Together, these changes mean skin is more likely to crepe and wrinkle.
Older skin produces less elastin and collagen, which means it is more likely to sag and droop. Older skin is particularly vulnerable to the effects of gravity. For example, jowls along the jaw and bags under the eyes are simply skin that has yielded to gravity.
Reduced elastin and collagen and the thinning of skin, mean those ‘high traffic’ areas of the face (like the eyes and mouth) are especially prone to lines and wrinkles.
The remaining pigment cells (melanocytes) tend to increase in number and cluster in certain areas, forming what’s known as age or liver spots. Areas that have been exposed to the sun, such as the backs of the hands, are particularly prone to age spots.
Older skin has fewer sweat glands and oil glands. This can make the skin more prone to conditions related to dryness, such as roughness and itching. Broken blood vessels – blood vessels in older, thinner skin are more likely to break and bruise. They may also become permanently widened. This is commonly known as broken vessels.
REDUCING THE SIGNS OF AGEING SKIN
Ways to reduce the signs of ageing include:
Limit sun exposure and use sunscreen – sun exposure accelerates ageing of the skin. If you want proof, compare the skin on your hands with that on your buttocks. Avoid sunbathing and wear a hat, loose-fitting clothes, sunglasses and SPF30+ broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors.
Don’t smoke – cigarette smoking promotes skin wrinkling and is thought to accelerate the damage caused by sun exposure. The action of puckering up for each drag on a cigarette increases the likelihood of wrinkles around the mouth.
Moisturise regularly – dry skin is more likely to show fine lines and wrinkles. Moisturise regularly if you have dry skin.
Care for skin gently – age-related dryness will be further exacerbated by skin irritants such as perfumed soaps, heavily chlorinated swimming pools and long hot showers. Use soaps, body washes or shampoos that are ‘neutral’ and pH-balanced (neither too acidic nor too alkaline).
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Graceful Ageing Skin Wellness Program
The iClinic Graceful Aging Program is a professional cosmeceutical rejuvenating treatment that boosts the skin’s capacity to recover, eliminating the signs of fatigue and providing a prolonged firming effect while improving dermal microcirculation.
The program includes:
Medical consultation by doctor
Specially tailored peels to treat coarse, dull skin due to aging or sun damage
Laser treatments to rejuvenate the skin for a better tone
Clinical skincare products to complement the program
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