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The Science Of Ageing Skin

Ageing is a natural process that affects every part of the body, including our skin. As we age, our skin undergoes several changes that can affect its appearance and health. Let’s explore the science of ageing skin and how your skin changes over time before we recommend some of La Fuente’s top treatments for maintaining youthful, healthy skin.

The Biological Process Of Ageing Skin

Structural Changes
As we age, the structural components of our skin undergo significant changes. Collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for skin’s firmness and elasticity, decrease in production. This leads to thinner skin and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, the fat layer beneath the skin diminishes, resulting in a loss of volume and sagging.

Cellular Changes
On a cellular level, the rate of cell turnover slows down with age. Younger skin regenerates every 28 days, but this process can take up to 60 days as we age. Slower cell turnover results in a dull complexion and an accumulation of dead skin cells. Furthermore, melanocytes, the cells responsible for pigment production, become fewer and less active, leading to age spots and uneven skin tone.

Environmental Factors
Environmental factors play a significant role in ageing skin. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is one of the primary causes of premature ageing, which is known as photoageing. UV exposure damages collagen and elastin fibres, accelerating the development of wrinkles, pigmentation and loss of skin elasticity. Pollution, smoking and poor diet also contribute to the ageing of the skin by generating free radicals that damage skin cells.

Signs And Symptoms Of Ageing Skin

Fine Lines And Wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles are among the most noticeable signs of ageing skin. They typically appear around the eyes, mouth and forehead due to repetitive facial expressions, loss of collagen, and decreased skin elasticity.

Loss Of Firmness And Elasticity
As collagen and elastin fibres degrade, the skin loses its firmness and elasticity, leading to sagging and drooping, particularly around the jawline and cheeks.

Dryness And Thinning
Skin tends to become drier and thinner over time. The sebaceous glands produce less oil, leading to dryness, while the thinning of the epidermis makes the skin more susceptible to damage and bruising.

Age Spots And Uneven Skin Tone
Decreased melanocyte activity results in age spots, also known as liver spots, and an uneven skin tone. These hyperpigmented patches are commonly found on sun-exposed areas such as the face, hands and arms.

Recommended Treatments

Anti-wrinkle Injections
Anti-wrinkle injections are popular for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These injections work by temporarily relaxing the muscles responsible for creating expression lines, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that restore volume and fullness to ageing skin. They are commonly used to plump up the lips, cheeks and under eyes, as well as to smooth out deep wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid fillers, in particular, are effective in providing natural-looking results and stimulating collagen production.

Profhilo®
Profhilo® is an innovative injectable treatment that improves skin hydration and elasticity. It contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, which spreads evenly across the skin to boost hydration, firmness and overall skin quality. Profhilo® is ideal for treating sagging skin and fine lines, offering subtle yet noticeable rejuvenation.

HydraFacial
HydraFacial is a multi-step facial treatment that cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates the skin. It uses a unique Vortex-Fusion® technology to deliver antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid into the skin, providing immediate and long-lasting results. HydraFacial is suitable for all skin types and addresses a variety of ageing skin concerns, including fine lines, uneven texture and dullness.

Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are a versatile treatment for improving the texture and tone of your skin. They involve the application of a chemical solution that exfoliates the outer layers of the skin, promoting cell turnover and revealing fresher, more youthful skin beneath. La Fuente Clinic offers various types of chemical peels tailored to individual skin concerns and needs.

Book Your Next Treatment At La Fuente Clinic

Understanding how your skin changes over time and the science behind ageing skin can help you make informed decisions about your skincare routine and treatments. At La Fuente Clinic, we offer a range of advanced treatments to address the signs of ageing and help you maintain a youthful, radiant complexion.

Book a consultation with our experts today to create a personalised treatment plan tailored to your skin’s needs and start your journey towards healthier, younger-looking skin. Call 01926 893091, email info@lafuenteclinic.co.uk or book online.

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