Firmness and Elasticity
Like many components of your body, collagen undergoes continuous changes on an ongoing basis throughout your life. When you are younger, your body makes more collagen than it losses, but after about the age of 40 collagen loss can accelerate, which leads to a decline in the health and appearance of your skin.
Research studies show excessive MMP-1 levels are associated with a decline in the health and appearance of your skin, leading to wrinkles, roughness, sagging along with poor wound healing, acne, rosacea and eczema.
Treatments shall therefore be aimed at rebuilding the skin’s natural scaffold to promote skin firmness, volume and elasticity, such as IPL, hyaluronic acid filling, ultrasonic and radio-frequency treatments. Also products that provides an anti-MMP action resulting in a collagen boosting anti-aging effect is recommended.
Glycation occurs when excess bodily glucose molecules links to the skin’s collagen and elastin fibres. The cross-linking can form chemical bridges between these proteins. Glycated fibers can become rigid, less elastic and have reduced regenerative ability, which can lead to damage such as laxity, cracking and thinning skin.
In young skin the dermal-epidermal junction has the appearance of a mountain range that helps anchor the epidermis to the dermis, forming a network of supportive collagen fibers. As skin ages fibers in the dermal-epidermal junction, responsible for the appearance and texture of the skin, glycate.
It is therefore important to use products with active ingredients that inhibit A.G.E accumulation, as well as treatments aimed at reducing deep wrinkles, folds and restoring glow to the skin. Examples of such treatments are TCA peels, laser peels, micro needling and mesotherapy.
Sun Damage and Pigmentation
Consistently preventing skin damage from the sun’s UV rays should be the single most important aspect of your skin care strategy. Proper UV protection may ot only prevent premature skin aging but can also facilitate the reversal of some of the existing signs of aging.
Oftentimes the harmful effects of the sun are a greater contributor to skin aging than all other factors combined, including the intrinsic aging of skin cells. Symptoms include texture changes, blood vessel changes, pigment changes and in worse cases skin cancer.
Therefore it is key to always use sun protection, and products that is formulated o stimulate cell renewal, reduce wrinkle formation and inhibit uneven pigmentation. Treatments shall be aimed at building up the photo-damaged epidermis, such as IPL, laser or chemical peels and ultrasonic needling.
Free Radical Damage
We often hear about antioxidants being found in fruits and berries, and food supplements like vitamin C, but the world’s most powerful antioxidant is found in our own body name Superoxide Dismutase and Glutathione Peroxides. The higher the levels the less prone we are to the destructive effects of free radicals.
Free radicals are a highly reactive short lived molecules that can damage virtually any molecule in our body, including the important cellular structures found in the body’s largest organ – the skin. These molecules may accumulate as a result of exposure to pollution, smoking and stress.
Products with high potent anti-oxidant ingredients helps protect your skin from harmful oxidation and pollution. This together with treatments such as hyaluronic acid injections, mesotherapy and chemical peels, helps to provide the best defense against a dull uneven skin texture and aged skin.
Sensitivity and Inflammation
Inflammation is the skin’s first line of defense against foreign substances like bacteria and chemicals. It initiates the tissues healing process and limits the damage to skin cells caused by everyday chemicals and pollutions. Excessive inflammation is one of the most common terms in early onset skin aging.
While it’s a helpful response in the short term it can play a negative role if it continuous on-going, and thereby resulting in a premature aging called ”inflamm’aging”. The signs include skin sensitive, redness, itching and skin irritation.
It is therefore crucial to use dermatologically approved and perfume free products combined with treatments that is targeted to calm the skin, reduce redness and restore hydration. Recommended treatments are dermabrasion, laser or IPL, micro needling and PRP.