I’ve noticed since turning 40 a rather rapid decline in the quality of my skin. My once cute freckles that were sprayed across my nose in a girlish fashion have united to form islands of pigmentation. And my pigmentation moustache? I don’t believe that was in the brochure. Also, there is now a splattering of tiny broken capillaries on my cheek cushions (no awards as to guessing how they got there). The natural lustre and glow that was once a trademark has also gone to pot. Welcome to my 40’s!
So, considering I have looked after my skin in my 20’s and early 30’s – always using some type of skincare system and sunscreen, why does my skin need so much help now?
I ask Kaye Scott from the Clinic in Bondi Junction to provide the answers to these pressing questions:
- Why does one’s skin turn to pooh after 40?
Thinner, duller, less vibrant skin is what you expect as you get older. This is mainly due to collagen and elastin diminishing, cell turnover coming to a grinding halt and environmental damage: i.e. sun exposure catching up with you.
In your 40s, skin becomes thinner and more translucent, so capillaries show. Visible capillaries will also increase from years of sun exposure. Wrinkles, age spots, uneven pigmentation may also develop, especially if you weren’t diligent about sun protection from childhood into your 30s. Your skin produces less oil in your 40s, leading to dryness, plus cell turnover is slower, which dulls your appearance.
- Is using a cosmeceutical going to do more for my ageing face than an over the makeup counter product?
Yes, typically the potency of the ingredient is far greater than what you can find within a department store.
- Is it possible to improve the texture and appearance of skin as you age?
Of course! With the appropriate Cosmeceutical skin care and in house treatments, i.e.: Fraxel skin resurfacing, Thermage skin tightening and maintenance with IPL and Antioxidant peels – a winning formula indeed!
- What are your top 3 must do’s for skincare in your 40’s?
Exfoliating masks – to increase cell turnover and brighten skin I love Cosmedix Pure Enzymes Mask.
Hydration – Moisturising skin morning and night is always a must. I love Aspect SMC (Super Moisturising Complex).
Retin A – improves skin texture, pores, fine lines and pigment. I love Skin Medica Lytera Skin Brightening Complex.
Aspect is an Australian developed brand from the fab Trish Winchester. Over 20 years ago she was working at a cosmetic counter with her friend Heather, and, passionate about anti-aging, she created Australia’s first glycolic acid range and distributed it to the medical market. Soon she developed Aspect, which became Australia’s number one cosmecuetical brand. Her and Heather now also distribute other high quality cosmecuetical brands through their company Advanced Skin Technology. I had the pleasure of working with them for their latest shoot. They’re quite the hoot! This year they celebrate 20 years of Advanced Skin Technology. Hello milestone!
Back to my skin – its looking way better than when I was using over the counter products. Due to more active ingredients – I have shed some skin, so prepare to peel. Out with the old in with the new, I say!
Look out: someone’s getting her glow back.
Coming soon: My Fraxel journey.
You can buy Aspect amongst other fabulous treatments at The Clinic Bondi Junction: http://www.theclinic.net.au
For more info on Aspect and Skin Medica: http://www.advancedskintechnology.com.au