What Age Should You Start Looking After Your Skin?

It is a myth that you only need to look after your skin as you get older. In fact, if you establish a skincare routine early on, it can be a proactive way to prevent damage, rather than waiting to rectify it later in life. However, it is also never too late to start caring for your skin, and there are a variety of ways that you can improve any areas of concern such as wrinkles, pigmentation and other signs of ageing.

You can also look after your skin not only through treatments but through lifestyle. By keeping the following tips in mind, you will keep your skin in the best possible shape and full of the vibrancy of youth:

1. Avoid excess sun exposure:

UVA light damages the collagen structure in our skin and is the number one cause of wrinkles and other signs of ageing. It is not only bad for our skin but actually speeds up the natural ageing process. Whilst outdoors, make sure to have a sun protection kit, wear protective clothing and SPF. Add it into your moisturiser or makeup base to ensure that even when you forget to apply sun cream, you will still have a protective layer between you and the sun.

2. Look after your skin from the inside out:

Diet has a huge impact on our skin. Making a conscious effort to eat foods rich in Vitamin C, such as red pepper, oranges, kiwi, broccoli, avocado and sprouts, as well as nutrient-rich grains, complex carbohydrates and foods containing beta carotene and collagen can reduce the development of wrinkles. Similarly, as women go through the menopause and oestrogen levels begin to drop, it is important to replace them with plant oestrogens found in hummus, nuts, soy and pinto beans.

Foods to avoid include those high in sugar, overly processed food and anything that dehydrates the skin, such as coffee. Replacing it with water and green tea will result in skin looking plumper and dewier. On the subject of green tea, Yo Tea is delicious, refreshing and helps you to naturally lose weight, so it’s a win-win option.

3. In your 20s:

Your number one skincare rule should be to take off your makeup. Falling straight into bed without removing the impurities of the day can lead to a build-up of oil and dirt leading to acne or bacterial infections. Develop a skincare routine to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise your face and neck. Your skin, and your pillow, will thank you for it.

Also avoid picking at skin or popping pimples as it can leave marks and scars, and enlarge pores, making you more susceptible to further breakouts.

Regular facials will keep your skin clear and bright. Image Skincare Acne Peels are an exfoliating, resurfacing treatment to improve the texture and tone of the skin. The all-natural treatment contains aloe vera, papaya, green tea and Vitamin C that can reduce inflammation and heal active acne.

Procedures such as the iPixel treatment can also treat acne scarring and leave you with flawless and beautiful skin. It boosts collagen and elastin production to generate new, fresh skin that just glows with health. The laser targets only the scarred areas, leaving undamaged skin untouched, greatly reducing the downtime post-treatment.

4. In your 30s:

If you smoke, you should try to quit once and for all. Smoking not only puts your general health at risk but also causes the skin to age by reducing circulation and oxygen and prevents absorption of Vitamin C. Alcohol also reduces the skin’s ability to repair itself and generate new cells, so if you are having a drink, try to match every alcoholic drink with a large glass of water. It will not only rehydrate your skin but also make you feel fresher the following day.

Treatments that may be suitable include the Oxygen Lift: a luxury 5-step facial that infuses skin with plant stem cells, peptides and botanical enzymes to boost dull, tired skin, exfoliate and improve its texture and hydration. It literally breathes new life into your skin.

If you suffer from skin concerns such as rosacea, you can opt for IPL treatment, which uses targeted pulses of light to break down problematic areas of the skin and leave only healthy skin cells. People often notice results after only a few sessions.

Surgical scarring or post-pregnancy stretch marks can be treated using micro-needling. Tiny needles are used to puncture the skin and create channels in the dermis. The skin’s healing response kicks in and stimulates collagen production, the natural ingredient we need to keep our skin full of volume and elasticity. Treatment can increase skin thickness by up to 80%, making it smoother and clearer.

5. In your 40s +:

Even if you have delayed looking after your skin and wish to fix areas of concern it is never too late, and there are a wide variety of cosmetic treatments to enhance your natural skin and offer an extra helping hand.

The iPixel treatment can also treat sunspots or liver spots from excess sun exposure. It uses photothermolysis, a combination of heat and light to repair damaged skin cells and break down pigmentation, while also treating wrinkles and boosting collagen production to give you smooth and lovely skin. It can be used not only on the face but also across the neck, backs of hands and décolletage.

Anti-wrinkle injectables such as Botox temporarily stop the facial nerves from sending a message to the muscle to contract when we make a facial expression. This allows the muscle to relax and the skin to release its wrinkle, giving the skin a refreshed and more youthful appearance.

Dermal fillers are also a great way to fight the signs of ageing. They temporarily increase lost volume in the skin to restore plumpness and fullness to the face, enhancing the contours and natural beauty of your face.

All of these treatments are available at Therapie Clinic, so whether you want to preserve your skin’s natural youth or fight the signs of ageing, explore the best option for you and your skin by booking a free consultation by calling 1890 650 750 or clicking below.