Ageing. Ugh. Who really wants to contemplate the pitfalls of getting older… While the subject is not necessarily high on the order of conversation, anti-ageing certainly is as we search for preventions of the seemingly inevitable.
For me, it all starts with my face following the appearance of a few fines as I edge further into my mid to late 20s. Thankfully though I’ve got some of Melbourne’s best experts in skincare and all things face related at Clinica-Lase guiding me on anti-ageing matters.
I recently caught up with Clinica-Lase founder and managing director Crystal, who has over 12 years of industry expertise, to get the low down on facial signs of ageing, what skincare and treatments are best for anti-ageing, plus her thoughts on Botox and fillers.
What are the first signs of ageing in our mid 20s?
In our mid 20s we are likely to start seeing early signs of ageing such as fine lines, sun damage and dryness of the skin.
What type of role does diet and other external factors play in showing signs of ageing?
Diet and lifestyle play a significant yet often overlooked part in the ageing process. All cells in the human body require a mix of nutrients to enable them to function, rejuvenate and reproduce effectively. Depriving the cells of some or all of those nutrients will lead to cell malfunction, damage and destruction.
This is why diet is of paramount importance to general health. Nutrients required for healthy skin cell function include vitamin C, vitamin A, omega 6 fatty acids and potassium. There is much ongoing research on this and in general it is advised to eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to help fend off the ageing process.
Three common bad habitats that accelerate ageing?
Sun baking, smoking and poor diet.
How important is skincare in the anti-ageing process? Should we be looking at anti-ageing creams in our 20s?
Skincare is paramount in slowing down the ageing process. However all skincare products are not created equally, cosmeceuticals will generally provide the best results as they contain advanced ingredients that penetrate deeper into the skin and can create genuine cellular change.
From a clinical perspective, what are some of the best treatments you would recommend to slow down ageing?
Treatments that encourage cell turnover, stimulate collagen remodelling and improve hydration levels are what you should be aiming for. We would recommend skin needling, laser genesis and chemical peels to do just that.
Would it be too early to consider the likes of Botox or fillers?
Prevention is always better that cure and we are finding that a much younger age bracket are now getting Botox and fillers. Our philosophy is about prevention and freshening up your natural look as opposed to altering your natural features.
Lastly, what’s your number one tip to prevent and number one tip to treat ageing?
Number one tip to prevent ageing – Limit UV exposure.
Number one tip to treat ageing – Combine cosmeceutical products with skin cell regenerating treatments.
My favourite anti-ageing products from Clinica-Lase:
Cosmedix Simply Brilliant
Société Firm & Brighten
PCA Perfecting Neck & Décollete
Aspect Exfoliating Clay Mask
Aspect Envirostat sPF50
Colorescience Cosmetics (read my review here)