The Rolling Stones sang, “Time waits for no one… Time can tear down a building or destroy a woman’s face”. Did you know that collagen production within our skin starts to drop as early as during our twenties? Throw in the stress of work (and kids), women notice the first signs of ageing usually in the mid to late 20s or if you are lucky, during your 30s. We cannot stop the passing of time and the effect on our youthful faces, but that is exactly the reason why every woman should consider anti-aging treatments early – to delay it.
Tip #1 SAGGING SKIN
Ever wondered why the most beautiful celebrities look like they never age? Apart from good genes, they do put in hard work to make sure the devastation of sagging skin never ever hits them. From your early 30s, start with FDA-approved skin tightening treatments annually to ensure the skin stays plump with collagen. Treatments such as Ultherapy and Thermage stimulate a good wound healing response beneath the skin over a period of 3 to 6 months, but beyond this period of time, the collagen production starts to dip again. To ensure even better results, women should consider monthly skin tightening treatments such as Light Lift. Using FDA-approved GentleYAG technology, which penetrates deep into the skin to stimulate collagen and repair ageing skin. Read more about the Luxe Lift Program here.
Tip #2 EMERGING FINE LINES
Visible fine lines can be promptly improved and even erased with skin smoothening lasers such as the Fraxel Light or BB Aquatouch treatment, both of which texturises the skin, treats pigmentation and pores all at the same time.
Tip #3 THINNING SKIN
Youthful-looking skin is firm and plump. Another obvious sign of skin ageing is increasingly thin skin, as skin loses collagen and hyaluronic acid, the chief molecule of water in our skin. Some women are worried about harsh lasers thinning their skin but on the contrary, the correct lasers actually firm and thicken the skin by stimulating collagen production. Pico Smooth creates laser-induced optical breakdown (LIOB), a strong and unique photo-mechanical disruption in the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and strengthening the architecture of the skin over time.
Tip #4 DEEPER WRINKLES
Do you Botox, or laser wrinkles away? According to Dr Chua Han Boon of the SW1 Clinic, if the wrinkles are dynamic (only appear at certain times – during certain facial expressions), try Botox. If the wrinkle is there regardless of facial expression, it is a permanent wrinkle and skin resurfacing lasers such as the SmartX treatment should be performed. In this case, Botox should also be done which will make the laser treatment more effective and for a preventive effect.
By Megan Thomas