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The Science of Skin
Our skin consists of three primary layers:
- the epidermis,
- the dermis, and
- the hypodermis (a layer of subcutaneous tissue which includes the reticular dermis)
The upper-most layer, known as the EPIDERMIS, controls the loss of water from cells and tissue. Without this protective barrier, the body would quickly dehydrate. The epidermis is a layer rich in keratin that provides toughness and water-resistance. This layer of skin is where dead cells are shed and where melanin (a dark pigment) is found.
Just below the epidermis lies the second layer, the DERMIS. The dermis, although it contains blood vessels, nerves and hair follicles, is primarily made up of a protein called “collagen.” This protein forms a network of fibres that provides the framework for the growth of cells and blood vessels. Because it is the primary component of the dermis, collagen acts as the support structure for the skin.
The HYPODERMIS is a layer of fat and connective tissue that contains larger blood vessels and nerves. It also hosts sweat glands, fat, and collagen cells. The hypodermis is responsible for conserving your body’s heat and protecting your vital inner organs.
Normal healthy skin has a nice epidermis with a smooth cornified or outer layer, that acts as a good barrier to water and environmental injury. Skin colour and tone is even and unblemished. Components such as collagen (which provides skin firmness), elastin (which supplies skin elasticity and rebound) and glycosaminoglycans or GAGs (which keep the skin hydrated) are all abundant.
Anti Aging Skin Treatments at Nascent
Skin Rejuvenation and Repair by Skin Specialists
Our Skin Specialists understand the science behind aging skin and will recommend a suitable treatment plan for the repair and management or to prevent or slow your aging skin conditions. Our range of non-invasive skin treatments and professional skin care can help you maintain a natural, youthful appearance to give you skin that you won’t want to hide!
It’s important when coming to us for treatments to address aging skin, that you meticulously follow the treatment plan we provide, otherwise your desired results are unlikely to be achieved. Skin disorders and conditions don’t develop overnight and neither should you expect that a single treatment will rectify the disorder or condition. Similar to a physician prescribing you a pharmaceutical product, you will be expected to follow the recommended treatment plan for the prescribed period to repair and rejuvenate your skin.
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The aging process that takes place from our 20’s and onward is related to both Intrinsic and Extrinsic Aging Factors.
Intrinsic Aging is effectively AGING from within. It is the natural aging process that takes place over the years regardless of outside influences.
After the age of 20, a person produces about 1 percent less collagen in the skin each year. As a result, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile with age. There is also diminished functioning of the sweat and oil glands, less elastin production, and less Glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s – a family of carbohydrates that help with the maintenance and support of collagen and elastin formation). Wrinkle formation as a result of intrinsic aging is inevitable, but it will always be slight.(1)
In our twenties
The skin’s exfoliation process decreases by 28% as well, causing dead skin cells to accumulate and stick together for longer periods of time.(2)
In our thirties
The transfer of moisture from the dermis to the epidermis is slowed and fat cells start to shrink. These effects make the skin look dull and thin.
In our forties
Collagen is no longer produced. The collagen and elastin fibres break, thicken, stiffen, clump together, and lose their elasticity. This results in wrinkles and aging lines.
Finally, in our fifties +
The skin becomes dry and is easily bruised, damaged, or broken because the sebaceous (oil) glands have decreased in size. In women, menopause causes a decrease in estrogen levels, leaving the skin drier, thinner, more sensitive and less toned.
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Extrinsic Aging is the opposite to Intrinsic Aging – this is where the skin ages from the outside.
The most noteworthy external factors that contribute to extrinsic aging include smoking, air pollution, stress, diet and the sun’s damaging UV rays. In fact, UV exposure seems to be responsible for 80% of visible facial aging signs.
The good news is that because you have control over almost all these external factors, you have everything you need to protect your skin and prevent unnecessary extrinsic premature aging. If you aren’t sure where to start then keep on reading!
Extrinsic aging shows up as thickening of the cornified layer, precancerous changes such as lesions called actinic keratosis, skin cancer (including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, lentigo maligna melanoma), freckle and sun spot formation, and exaggerated loss of collagen, elastin, and GAGs (Glycosaminoglycans – a group of complex proteins which function as skin-replenishing and restoring ingredients).
Alone or in concert, these processes give the skin the appearance of roughness, uneven tone, brown patches, thin skin and deep wrinkles.
Prevention is key to minimising wrinkles and slowing both the INTRINSIC and EXTRINSIC Aging processes.
The most important thing is to take care of your skin before all these aging changes start to take place. Reducing your direct sun exposure and ensuring the regular application of sun protection against both UVA and UVB rays is critical 365 days a year using an SPF of at least 30+.
Professional skin care products suited to your skin type and condition and used in a daily regime, will also go a long way to retarding the aging processes
Fix your Diet
One of the best things you can do to see real transformation in your skin, is to eat a clean diet. Every single thing you put into your mouth has an impact on the state of your skin so it only makes sense that if you’re filling your body with the wrong foods, you’re not going to like what you see when you look in the mirror. Processed, fatty and sugary foods all increase inflammation in the body, throwing off your sebum levels and increasing your risk of acne, as well as breaking down collagen and accelerating the aging process.
A clean diet, on the other hand, filled with whole, plant-based foods, antioxidants, healthy fats and an array of vitamins and minerals, will help to cleanse your system from the inside out so you can enjoy firmer, more youthful skin with an unrivalled glow. (3)
Protect Your Skin with SPF
We know how important it is to slather on the sunblock when laying out by the pool or on the beach, but what about when you’re out on a picnic, going for a walk or even just running errands? Even a few minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun can cause skin damage, although it may take a few years to manifest.
Apart from reducing your skin cancer risk, proper SPF will ensure you give your skin its best chance to fight the damaging and ageing effects of UV rays.
Choosing an SPF can be a little confusing, but just keep in mind that there are two main kinds. Chemical sunscreens are formulated with synthetic chemicals and work like a sponge by absorbing UV rays and neutralising them, whilst physical sunblocks are formulated with all natural minerals and work like a barrier, bouncing rays off the skin and back into the environment.
To put into context just how harmful popular chemical sunscreens are, Hawaii passed a bill which banned sunscreen products containing two common chemicals: oxybenzone and octinoxate. (3)
We recommend physical mineral sunblocks, those containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, as they won’t affect your health or the environment! Always be sure to use an SPF of at least 30 or higher and remember to re-apply every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
NOTE: Even though you should protect your skin from too much sun exposure (to prevent damage), don’t take this as a warning to stay out of the sun completely! In fact, it’s important to participate in the daily ritual of sunbathing for your body to produce enough vitamin D. Typically the 1-2 hours after sunrise and before sunset are the safest when exposing your skin to the sun as this is when UV levels are typically at their lowest while still providing you with the benefits. Fifteen (15) minutes should be ample exposure time for your vitamin D production.
Apply Topical Nutrients
While filling your body with antioxidants through diet and supplements will help to protect your health and your skin, when it comes to preventing premature aging through extrinsic factors, it’s vital to apply antioxidants topically to your skin as well.
Many extrinsic factors exist, some which we can control (food we eat, choosing not to smoke and drink, and avoiding over-exposure to the sun) and other factors which are harder to control (gravity, facial expressions, and sleeping position). All contribute to accelerated aging by way of free radical generation which attacks the skin cells and their ability to function properly. (3)
Vitamin C is our favourite antioxidant vitamin for not only fighting off free radicals, but also for reducing inflammation, brightening the skin and helping to promote the formation of collagen. We highly recommend ASPECT Extreme C.
In the hands of a qualified and experienced Skin Specialist there is much that can be done to repair the wear and tear of both Intrinsic and Extrinsic Aging.
Treatments such as;-
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL Photorejuvenation) to address sun damage, pigmentation, discolouration, wrinkles, fine lines, dull tones, congested and oily skin, acne, rosacea, spider and thread veins, dehydrated skin,
- DermaFrac Fractional Infusion Therapy or Skin Needling to stimulate collagen and elastin production,
- LED Phototherapy,
- Clinical Chemical Skin Peels and
- Advanced Cosmeceutical Products that can provide professional anti aging skin care at home.
(1) Dr S. Obagi. Why Does Skin Wrinkle with Age? What Is the Best Way to Slow or Prevent This Process?
(2) M. Witmer, Unrepaired skin molecules cause wrinkles as we age (2006).
(3) Tamryn Burgess – Apoterra Skincare