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The signs of aging become more prominent with each passing decade of life. This is mostly due to the declining production of collagen in our bodies, which leads to the formation of wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity. However, beauty does not have to be defined by age. Luckily, we live in an era where various beneficial, safe, and credible avenues exist to maintain one’s appearance. While some may opt for cosmetic procedures to maintain a radiant appearance as they age, others seek non-surgical treatments that can be just as effective. 

How to build an optimal skincare routine as you age

Different stages of life come with different considerations for maintaining healthy-looking skin. If you’re in your twenties, the best advice for maintaining your skin’s appearance is to take preventative measures. Whereas later in life, it can be smart to look into a skincare routine specific to aging prevention and specific treatments to maintain a beautiful glow.

The following regimes and treatments can help preserve and maintain your skin. So that you look nourished and natural at each stage of life.

In Your Twenties

In your twenties your skin’s naturally produced collagen supply is at its best. Taking good care of this supply is important and there are numerous ways to do it.

MY TOP TIPS 

  1. You should use skincare products that contain antioxidants and collagen-boosting ingredients like vitamin C and retinol.
  2. Applying creams and serums containing collagen can help boost collagen production while moisturizing the skin. If you’re serious about maintaining a vibrant appearance as you get older, investing in a series of collagen-encouraging treatments like injectable skin boosters, IPL, and superficial peels, as early as your twenties would be a good move.
  3. Consistently applying good sunscreen with broad UV protection is essential because unprotected sun exposure is one of the fastest ways to break down collagen.
  4. Most people’s skin health is at its peak in their twenties. This is why it is more common for people to consider aesthetic enhancements later in life. Factors such as sun damage and the desire to change one’s physical appearance can prompt young individuals to undergo aesthetic-enhancing procedures.
Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr. Alek Nikolic MBBCh (WITS) ATLS (ACS) MBA (UCT)

It is best to consult with an aesthetic medical specialist who can explain the reasons behind this and the processes involved.

Aging in your Thirties

Some people may be lucky, pulling off the twenty-something look well into their thirties. For the rest of us, adjustments may be an option, as early signs of aging become more apparent. In your thirties, your under-eye area may appear darker and your lower eyelids may start to look puffier than before. Additionally, you may notice fine deepening lines around your eyes, forehead, mouth, and lips.

MY TOP 2 TIPS FOR DEFYING YOUR AGE IN YOUR THIRTIES

  1. If you haven’t good at keeping your skincare routine in check in earlier years, plenty of skincare creams and serums can help restore your complexion’s balance. These would include, for example, an oxygen-boosting, at-home facial peel designed to promote beautiful, fresh skin. The result is a minimized appearance of wrinkles and improved moisture levels, leaving your skin with a straight-from-the-spa glow and smooth texture. I have developed one for my own patients. The Thirties are key to laying down strong skin foundations for the future. I recognized the need to provide a specialist based skincare solution called Sk.in.range and a medi shot Sk.in.pure, to support cosmetic treatments in my rooms.
  2. Cosmetic injectables such as Botulinum Toxin are popular among thirty-year-olds. For good reason.  Botulinum Toxin helps to temporarily relax facial muscles and reduce muscle contractions in the areas that cause wrinkles. The treatment gives your skin a refreshed, collagen-boosted look.  Botox Type A is the “gold standard” in the treatment and prevention of facial wrinkles and typically lasts three to four months. It is recognized as a safe and effective solution for lessening the appearance of wrinkles,

Age better in your Forties

If left untreated, the reality of uneven and dull-looking skin often sets in. In your forties, collagen production noticeably declines, and facial volume loss becomes prominent.  At this stage of life, you can no longer afford to skip your morning and evening skincare routines. You also cannot do less than what you did in your thirties or twenties.

MY TOP TIPS

  1. In your forties, you must start injectable treatments such as Botulinum Toxin or soft tissue fillers. If you have already begun these treatments in earlier years, continue them. SPF also becomes an even more essential ally.
  2. Ensure your foundation offers adequate SPF protection (at least SPF30 or higher for facial application). Make it a habit not to expose your skin to the sun without applying sunscreen.
  3. Soft tissue dermal fillers should be considered in one’s forties.
    This helps:
    • to slow the ageing process down
    • reduce the appearance of shadows and indents
    • to help replace the lost supportive fat pads
    • to help lift sagging structures such as the jowls;
    • and redefine the jaw line and enhance a more youthful ratio.

50 and Beyond

This is when signs of aging become clearly visible in the neck and facial areas. Your skincare routine has now developed over time to include much of the above. However, as you enter your fifties and beyond, more targeted skin technology will be needed to help you age gracefully.

MY TOP TIP

  1. In your fifties, I would recommend targeting these areas with innovative skin boosters. These therapies are a hyaluronic acid treatment that works beneath the skin using NAHYCO technology. When injected into the skin, the HA stimulates skin cell receptors to counteract skin laxity and enhance firmness by maximizing collagen stimulation.
    In addition to boosting and hydrating the skin, the treatment remodels aging and sagging tissue. It can also be used for the chest area and hands—two areas of the body where aging is most prominently visible.

More from Dr. Alek Nikolic on Aging

https://longevitylive.com/beauty/the-science-behind-beauty-understanding-facial-ratio-and-proportions/

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Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic is a renowned specialist in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. With a focus on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers, he has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and is responsible for training many medical practitioners both locally and internationally. After receiving his MBBCh from the University of the Witwatersrand (1992) he went on to do an MBA at University of Cape Town (2000). With over 24 year in private practice, he has lectured and performed live demonstrations across the globe, including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw.  Some of his achievements include: Owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement Owner of online skincare store, com. Founding member of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy Advisor to Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics   Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa(AAMSSA) Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery(ASLMS).

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