There are some things we can change to minimise ageing of our skin. Others are inevitable. Over time, the ageing process causes our skin to develop visible lines and wrinkles. The skin loses that “youthful” volume and suppleness that we have when we are younger, and we notice the skin is generally drier and thinner. When the natural skin-ageing process is combined with excessive sunlight exposure, further pre-mature ageing develops, and irregular pigmentation, redness and further wrinkling can compound the problem.
At Bulimba Dermatology we believe that having an Anti-ageing Skin Care Plan is essential to influence how well your skin ages.
We have a number of treatments on offer to help rejuvenate your skin from the effects of ageing. Dermatologists are physicians with a number of years of extensive specialist medical training in looking after the skin. Talk to one of our experienced dermatologists or specialist skin care nurses to discuss what skin rejuvenation treatments are available at Bulimba Dermatology and which ones will help you to achieve the desired results based on your skin type, age and health.
1. Apply quality sunscreen everyday
This is the basis for any good anti-ageing skin care plan. Ultraviolet rays from the sun speed up ageing of the skin in a process called “photo-ageing”. Use a sunscreen or facial moisturiser that offers broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) sun protection with an SPF of 30 or more. Apply everyday, 30 minutes before outdoor exposure, to all skin not covered by clothing and re-apply regularly.
2. Cleanse regularly
Use gentle, soap-free skin cleansers or washes with warm (not hot) water to clean the skin. Avoid soap and soap based shower gels and body washes. Remember, clean gently and don’t overdo it.
3. Use moisturiser
Our dry climate in Australia means our skin too, is often dry. Applying a moisturiser to the skin at least once daily seals in moisture, which helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and makes the skin look and feel healthier and more youthful. Products containing AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) and anti-oxidants can be helpful but discuss with your dermatologist. We recommend facial moisturiser, body moisturiser and lip balm.
4. Avoid a tan
Tanning, whether from the sun or from tanning beds, accelerates the development of wrinkles and fine lines, pigmented spots and skin cancer on our skin. While a tan may look good in the short term, the long-term result is premature ageing of the skin.
5. Protect the eyes
Wear wrap around style sunglasses that meet Australian Standards for level of protection. These not only protect the eyes but can minimize the development of wrinkles and pigmentation around the eyes.
6. Don’t smoke
Smoking tobacco is not only harmful on the inside but is also harmful to your skin. Chemicals in tobacco smoke lead to increased lines and wrinkles, leathery dry complexion and rough, dull skin.
7. A good diet
Healthy eating promotes healthy skin and a bright complexion. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain valuable anti-oxidants that combat free radicals. Eat lean proteins and healthy fats, and drink plenty of water.
8. Sleep well
Regular, quality sleep allows our body to recover. This includes the skin.
9. Don’t overdo it
Using too many different skin care products, especially so-called “anti-ageing” products, often leads to irritation and can damage the skin, making it look older. It also costs more! Limit your skin care to a small number of quality products. Good skin care does not need to cost the earth.
10. Retinoid based products
Retinoids are a special group of vitamin A-like agents that can enhance collagen formation in the skin, reduce wrinkling and even out irregular pigmentation. Discuss with your dermatologist whether these products are right for your skin.
Be patient and give the plan time to work. Several weeks are required to notice results. If this anti-ageing skin care plan does not achieve the results you expect, talk with your dermatologist at Bulimba Dermatology about recommendations specific to your skin.