Have you just noticed the first signs of ageing? Want to put a stop to the beginning of lines and wrinkles? How many skincare products have you tried which promised to leave you with a flawless complexion by banishing lines and wrinkles and smoothing over imperfections? What if you never had to buy another anti-ageing cream again and instead invested in something, which could give you back your youthfulness. Read on….
Skin specialists and surgeons know the real cause of ageing, and up until now if you had the money and if you were prepared to go under the surgeons knife then youthful looks could once again be yours. The specialists have known for years why our good looks fade as the years go by. Beneath the outer layer of the skin lies the dermis, a network of connective tissue made up of several components – fat cells, fibroblasts and COLLAGEN. These fibres and elastins provide the skin’s resilience and give it support in the form of glue-like matrix that holds the cells together. When these are all in equilibrium the skin appears smooth, firm and supple.
Collagen is known as the glue of life and is the substance that holds the cells of your body together. Every night, in the first 90 minutes of sleep, the body normally produces collagen to be used in the repair process. However, as we grow older the body loses the ability to produce collagen at a rate of 1.5% per year, starting from the age of 25. Therefore the repairing and rejuvenation process slows and you are left with what you now see in the mirror – fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars etc.
It is not just ageing that ravages your youthful looks, but sun damage as well. According to Dr Arnold Klein, a leading dermatologist. ‘Sun exposure ages your skin faster than anything else.’ Dr Mary Ellen Brademas, who treats a number of famous clients at her Manhattan practice, agrees. ‘Spending time in the sun breaks down collagen and elastin, which naturally gives us our complexion a pumped-up supple look, and as a result our skin doesn’t look quite as healthy as it used to be.’ Ageing really begins at 30, says Dr Brademas. More fine lines develop as collagen and elastin start to break down, and our delicate skin under the eyes begins to thin. ‘After 40 the skin doesn’t rebound as quickly, observes Dr Klein. If you are sceptical, just look in the mirror and see what he means.
After adolescence, skin starts to acquire true ‘character’ in the form of fine wrinkles, and the lines you develop in your fifties and sixties may deepen into folds. It is also less able to retain moisture and the production of collagen and elastin slows down significantly. As Dr Klein explains, ‘the loss of elastic fibres in the skin accelerates tremendously after 50, so as well as wrinkling, the skin begins to sag and droop, and some women may develop a jowly appearance.