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Fighting the signs of Ageing

One of the biggest skin concerns for my clients (and myself) is skin ageing.  Growing older is something we can't change, but we can certainly try everything we can to look younger!  There are more than 500 million ageing consumers in the world today (BCC Research: Anti-ageing products and services: The Global Market 30 April 2015), which is contributing to the rising demand for products and ingredients that help treat the many signs of skin ageing.  

We all know the signs of ageing when we stare back at our reflections in the mirror! Wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation and loss of elasticity.  These signs can become visible as early as our 20s....scary as that seems, it's not all doom and gloom.  With age comes wisdom and thankfully a wealth of skincare products that we can apply to our skins to slow down the signs of ageing!!  In this blog I wanted to highlight some of the key ingredients used in anti-ageing products and how they work.  That is quite tricky without me donning the lab coat and going back to my Biology degree days.  So without over complicating things and turning this blog into a thesis, I have added links to videos that can explain in more detail.

What is happening to our skin and what causes ageing?
In recent years, scientists have come to understand the actual biochemical triggers that manifest skin ageing, such as wrinkles, altered pigmentation, and loss of skin tone. These triggers are known as: 

   •    Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), also known as free radicals.
   •    Matrix Metalloproteinases (or MMPs).
   •    Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs).

Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) are dangerous oxygen molecules generated by UV rays and pollution. ROS attack and react with stable skin cell molecules, causing cross-linking of collagen and elastin (the cause of wrinkles) while lessening skin’s ability to repair itself. 

Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) are enzymes activated by UV exposure or inflammation. MMPs contribute to the breakdown of collagen while inhibiting new collagen formation.

The same glucose (sugar) that provides energy for our cells can also react with proteins, including the skin’s collagen. This reaction results in the formation of Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs), which can contribute to loss of elasticity, wrinkles, inflammation, inhibited skin cell growth and accelerated ageing.

Because we understand these triggers, skin care professionals are now better equipped to effectively treat, and control the signs of skin ageing.

How to achieve healthy skin at every age...which products would I recommend for you?


I don’t mean to scare you, you lovely dewy-skinned beauties, but your 20s are an extremely important decade when it comes to determining what your skin will look like down the track. While your collagen production levels are working their hardest, it’s important to feed the skin with antioxidant-rich, hydrating products to keep your skin soft and supple, as well as ramp up your sun protection to prevent sun damage.

daily routine
  • PreCleanse helps lift make-up and debris, followed by either Special Cleansing Gel or Dermal Clay Cleanser/Clearing Skin Wash if you are oily and acne-prone.
  • Start incorporating a gentle, daily exfoliant, such as Daily Microfoliant into your routine to clear follicles and keep skin fresh.
  • Start to shield and protect the delicate eye tissue with  Total Eye Care with SPF 15.
  • Apply a sunscreen every day to keep sun damage at a minimum and prevent hyperpigmentation (age spots). Solar Defense Booster SPF50 blends in with your moisturiser or foundation for a convenient SPF boost!

By the time you hit 30, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth will be more visible. Your skin may appear thinner and finer, and collagen production and cell turnover is likely to have slowed down. The result? A complexion that can appear a little less than luminous, dehydrated and dry. Signs of past sun damage may start to show (age spots or brown spots). Step up exfoliation to resurface as skin renewal slows, and start to feed skin with age-fighting ingredients to maintain a healthy glow.

daily routine
  • Banish dull, dehydrated skin with Daily Resurfacer, a hydrating, skin brightening exfoliant that helps combat fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
  • Treat uneven skin tone (age spots/hyperpigmentation) with C-12 Concentrate.
  • Start using  Multivitamin Power Firm around the eyes to firm, smooth and shield against further damage.
  • Add a more powerful moisturiser with age-fighting benefits to your regimen. Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 encourages skin firmness and shields against photoageing induced by UV damage.

SKIN CARE IN YOUR 40s...
If you spent your teens and twenties sunbathing, it’s likely you’ll be paying for it now in the form of blotchiness, age spots and lack of elasticity and moisture.  Hormonal changes can trigger dryness and sensitisation or rosacea. Wrinkles, age spots and uneven skin tone become more prominent in more zones of the face as cell turnover and collagen production slow. It's time to call on intense ingredients including peptides, antioxidant vitamins and Retinol to stimulate collagen production, repair damage, firm and shield – and maintain radiance!

daily routine
  • Switch to a dual-action exfoliating cleanser, such as  Skin Resurfacing Cleanser, to increase penetration of active ingredients and smooth skin.
  • Use a vitamin-packed treatment beneath your moisturiser for added skin recovery and defense. Multivitamin Power Serum is my favourite! It feels beautiful on my skin!
  • Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 is my favourite daytime moisturiser as it is packed full of active ingredients that encourage firmness, elasticity and hydration while defending against primary skin triggers of skin ageing.
  • Treat multiple eye area concerns, primarily wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles and hyperpigmentation, and dehydration with Age Reversal Eye Complex containing the power of Retinol.  This is a night time only treatment.
  • Super Rich Repair is my night time moisturiser of choice as it is beautifully rich and creamy and stimulates collagen synthesis and hyaluronic acid production to leave your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
  • Overnight Repair Serum a beautiful blend of Argan Oil, hosehip Seed Oil and peptides that revitalise lacklustre skin and smooth away fine lines.  This is applied after you have moisturised.  It glides across the skin and smells divine.
  • *NEW* Overnight Retinol Repair is simply amazing!  This customisable microencapsulated Vitamin A serum as been found to actually reverse the signs of ageing!!  The combination of Vitamin A, Peptides and Vitamin C and Copper Amino Acid Complex which stimulates the synthesis of specific key proteins that are involved in maintaining the integrity of the dermis (deeper layer of the skin).

Cell turnover is slow at this age, and dryness is high. This means it’s time to ramp up your skin routine and target the issues you can change. It's time to strengthen, energize and replenish! Menopause may start up in your 50s, triggering a 30% reduction in collagen and a dramatic increase in dryness and dehydration. Deep wrinkles, age spots and sensitivity are prominent. It's time to strengthen, energize and replenish!

daily routine
  • Exfoliate and energise with  Multivitamin Thermafoliant a warming polisher that releases vitamins and peptides into the skin.
  • Follow with super-nourishing vitamin therapy from Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque often times referred to an ambulance in a tube!
  • Reduce any skin sensitivity, heat and flare-ups with UltraCalming Serum Concentrate.
  • Replenish lipids and renew skin at night with  Overnight Repair Serum.
  • *NEW* Overnight Retinol Repair is simply amazing!  This customisable microencapsulated Vitamin A serum as been found to actually reverse the signs of ageing!!  The combination of Vitamin A, Peptides and Vitamin C and Copper Amino Acid Complex which stimulates the synthesis of specific key proteins that are involved in maintaining the integrity of the dermis (deeper layer of the skin).
  • Make Super Rich Repair your moisturiser with its blend of ingredients that stimulate collagen synthesis and hyaluronic acid production to leave your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.  

What ingredients can help in the fight against skin ageing?
Here is a short list of key ingredients that you will find in the most powerful anti-ageing products...


  • Lactic Acid - a mild exfoliant that smoothes, retexturises the skin.  
  • Vitamin C - stimulates collagen production, provides antioxidant protection and inhibits the enzymes that breakdown collagen.
  • Peptides - stimulate collagen production, helps firm skin.
  • Hyaluronic acid - increases hydration elasticity in the skin
  • Retinoids - Vitamin A derivatives that help repair and restore damaged ski. Vitamin A, more accurately called Retinol, has been shown to reverse the signs of natural or chronological ageing (intrinsic) and environmentally induced (extrinsic) photoageing with visible improvement of wrinkles, texture and fragility.  Read more about  the wonderful effects of Retinol on the skin.
  • Vitamin E - A rich antioxidant vitamin that improves skin smoothness ad softness
  • Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide - physical sunscreens that protect against UVA and UVB radiation.

Dermalogica uses these and a host of other beneficial ingredients that have a combined effect of making your skin look and feel amazing!  As a skin therapist, a Dermalogica Skin Expert and a woman in her forties concerned about ageing, finding the right products that actually work is so important to me. I have had great results using Dermalogica AGE Smart products and my clients love it too.

I hope I have been able to provide you with some useful information about skin ageing.  If you would like to book in for a FREE Face Mapping Skin Analysis, I can look at your skin in detail and prescribe the best products for you.

SPECIAL OFFER NOVEMBER...Book in for an Anti- Ageing Microzone Facial (30 mins) for just £20.

This treatment involves Face Mapping Skin Analysis followed by double cleanse using PreCleanse and Skin Resurfacing Cleanser.  The skin is then exfoliated with Multivitamin Thermafoliant to slough off dead skin cells and reveal bright, smooth skin.  A relaxing facial, shoulder and neck massage, is then followed by a nourishing Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque.  The treatment is finished off with either daytime moisturiser, Dynamic Skin Recovery and Multivitamin Power Firm or by night time moisturiser, Super Rich Repair and Multivitamin Power Firm.

Book in now and experience a relaxing treatment that will make your skin look and feel 10 years younger!

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1 Comment to Fighting the signs of Ageing :

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Emma on 02 November 2015 16:51
Thanks Yasmin - particularly interesting to read the the tips for the different age groups. I will try to remember what you said about the 40s for when I reach that point!!!
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