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How Skin Changes With Age

Hormones in our Thirties and Beyond, and the Effects on Our Skin

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Hormones are responsible for so many different processes in our body, and the types and levels that interact on our body changes with our age. Is it any wonder that the hormones prevalent at every stage of our life cycle, have an impact on our skin too?

Let’s take a look at how hormones might affect our skin in our thirties, and beyond.

THE THIRTIES

Pregnancy & Related Hormones

It’s quite common for women to have children in their thirties, and pregnancy significantly changes a woman’s body. Sometimes “super-surges” in different hormones can lead to unexpected acne breakouts, and increased pigmentation. Many women also experience hormonal acne just before that time of the month, due to fluctuations in hormone level that stimulate the sebaceous glands. Even chemical contraception can impact on the skin – for example, “the pill” contains artificial hormones that can increase sensitivity to sunlight, and result in marked pigmentation.

What About Lines & Wrinkles?

This is when it really tells how well we looked after our skin during our teenage years. Damage done over a decade ago begins to surface in our thirties. Also, as cell turnover slows down wrinkles, pigmentation and dullness all start to make an appearance. if you’ve not already invested in active products and treatments, now is the time!

These are the steps recommended by the International Institute of Anti-Ageing:

  • Start to increase vitamin C (topically and orally is best) for strong, healthy collagen formation.
  • Get your skin professionally analysed and follow a skincare programme tailored for your individual skin (our staff can help with this).
  • Introduce vitamin A (again, topically and orally is best for maximum effect) to help keep skin looking healthy. Please first seek advice if you are pregnant before taking vitamin A.
  • Protect the skin from the sun at all times, and it’s best to use an antioxidant based sunscreen.

THE FORTIES AND FIFTIES

Oh oh – beware the perimenopause! More hormonal changes, and it happens to us all at different times – it could be 41, 49, or even later, but expect further changes to the skin at this time. This phase is a pre-cursor to the full menopause, and normally lasts between 3 and 4 years – although again, this can vary for different individuals. Hormone production goes on the wane and fluctuations are also likely.

One of the main occurrences is a decline in oestrogen, which makes our skin thinner and more papery. Unfortunately, thinner skin makes everything more obvious – like wrinkles on the upper lips! Not only that. but our collagen and elastin starts to fly out the window too. Sub-cutaneous fat reduces, and our facial bones may shrink a bit too, which may change the structural integrity of our face. Lucky us! So what does the Institute recommend at this stage of our lives?

Balance from within becomes even more important. Diet is increasingly important to keep blood sugars balanced and feed our skin with the right nutrients. Where possible, cut down on caffeine, sugar and alcohol – and no surprise, smoking! Supplement your diet – introducing extra vitamin support can really keep your skin structure healthy and increase the effectiveness of creams and serums you use on the outside. Omega 3 can help with dry skin too.

But what about specific skin tips?

  1. Use SPF cream with antioxidants – a winning combination for skin changes during the menopause.
  2. Eliminate scrubs, harsh cleansers and facial brushes, because they tend to strip the skin of natural oils. The disruption to the skin’s surface can contribute to further loss of moisture.
  3. Use a hydrating cleanser, preferably oil-based. These are more likely to maintain the natural balance of the skin.
  4. Keep going with (or definitely introduce) key active ingredients – vitamin A and C in particular, and antioxidants to protect the skin from damage from free radicals. Why? Vitamin A thickens the skin, while Vitamin C will support collagen production and the creation of healthy new skin cells. (Remember that taking orally will boost what you put on the outside of your skin too.)
  5. Introduce a good quality omega 3 and 6 supplement, to help compensate for the natural decline in oils and nutrients.

Above all else, at whatever age and stage your skin is, a professional skincare consultation will benefit you. Our experienced and friendly staff are here to help your skin look the best it can. They can design the best possible skincare regime suited to you as an individual.

Simply give us a call or email us to book an appointment. T: 01467 629892 E: enquiries@grampianclinic.co.uk

Want your skin to look and feel younger?

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SKINLUX works to activate your skin to look and feel younger. It consists of a akin activation programme lasting 8 weeks.

There are three rejuvenation strategies to the programme:

  1. GROWTH FACTOR
  2. STEM CELL
  3. LIGHT THERAPY

There are two parts to the programme, which involves a combination of home-use products and treatments in our clinic. After following the 8-week treatment, you can expect your skin to have a radiant glow, both looking and feeling younger as well.

But let’s take a look at what’s involved in more detail, but talking about the science behind the programme. Read More…

Treating Psoriasis with LED Phototherapy

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What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin, sometimes also covered with silvery scales. These patches most commonly appear on elbows, knees, scalp or lower back, but can occur anywhere on the body, including the face. The condition can be itchy and sometimes sore as well.

Although psoriasis is just a minor irritation for some people, it can have a significant impact on quality of life for those more severely affected. For example, some people with psoriasis have low self-esteem because of the effect the condition has on their appearance – in particular for those who have the condition on their face.

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Raring2Go’s Victoria Withy tries our Microdermabrasion Treatment

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We love summer – holiday, days out and time with our favs. However, come September, the holiday feels like a distant memory, however hard we all try to maintain the sun kissed look with self-tanning products and moisturising, as well as highlights in our hair and dewy makeup. The days out in the sun, wind, rain (sometimes all of those in an hour!) with our kids followed by the start of the new school term seem to take their toll on our skin – especially when the days shorten and the heating goes on.

We visited Dr Beattie and his experienced team at Grampian Cosmetic Clinic in Inverurie to get some advice on how we could keep our skin looking bright and fresh post-summer.

During the consultation, Read More…

Meet our New Clinic Manager

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We are delighted to introduce our new Clinic Manager, Michelle Lorimer. Michelle comes to us from a background in the NHS, and has overall responsibility for the daily running of the clinic ensuring we offer the best possible service.

To help you get to know her, we asked her 10 quick fire questions:

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What is rosacea? Can it be treated?

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Recently an article appeared in the Aesthetics Journal, written by Sheila McCann (Aesthetic Nurse Prescriber), which details very well the symptoms of rosacea and how a lot of sufferers feel about the condition. Here are some small excerpts from this article: Read More…


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