Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Facing Up to Science

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Facing Up to Science

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Byline: Kate Marie

IN AN increasingly technologically driven world, it makes sense to turn to high-tech solutions in order to achieve optimal skin health.

By using certain technologies, it seems we can actually slow the aging process rather than just masking it.

Increasingly, the research shows that many skincare products won't work the way we'd like and we need to turn to cosmeceuticals and cosmetic medicine, using non-invasive or minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedures.

Here are the eight stand-out treatments I've invested time, money and effort in over the past 15 years for better skin health.

1. Cosmeceuticals

Cosmeceuticals are medical-grade skincare products that are scientifically proven to have an impact on skin aging. They contain active ingredients and work on the deeper layers to encourage moisture retention as well as support skin regeneration.

2. Use a high-quality sunscreen

Too much sun is toxic and wreaks havoc on our cells. Four out of five wrinkles and most of the unwanted spots on our face are due to sun exposure. In fact, sunlight is responsible for most of the visible changes in our skin's appearance as we get older.

3. Use injectable treatments

There are a number of popular injectables, the best known being anti-wrinkle injections and these mostly affect the appearance of the skin by relaxing underlying muscle. Some, such as volumisers, aim to directly stimulate the production of natural matrix-bulking components in the deeper parts of the skin and have a longer-lasting impact.

4. Get rid of sugar

Sugar is an enemy of the skin and accelerates skin aging by causing the production of AGEs (Advanced Glycation End-products). AGE modification of collagen in our skin leads to the skin becoming less flexible and less resilient to harm. AGEs also trigger an inflammatory response and this is a major contributor to skin aging.

5. Hormone modulation

As we age there is a substantial decline in hormone function resulting in significant changes to our skin. There are many and varied hormones that impact the skin including the sex hormones, growth hormone and melatonin. …

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