From our 20's, every decade brings new skin challenges as our collagen and elastin starts to diminish, leading to facial aging. It follows therefore that the facial you used to have and love in your 20's is no longer having the effects it used to in your 30's, 40's, 50's or beyond.
The rise of aesthetic clinics has meant that advanced facial treatments, which were once the well kept secret of the rich and famous are now widely accessible to all.
But with such a choice of facials to choose from, it can be difficult to navigate your way through a facial treatment menu.
Here's our guide to what to look for in a facial whichever decade you're in;
In our 20's skin has generally settled down from the upheaval of hormonal teenage years, however skin cell turnover starts to slow down, meaning that dead skin cells can clog pores, leading to congestion and breakouts.
Consider facials which Exfoliate and Hydrate to keep your skin looking and feeling lustrious. To take care of your skin in between facials ensure you use a gentle cleanser, exfoliate regularly (every 3-5 days), and wear a sunscreen every day (this will help prevent premature aging and keep pigmentation at bay). Traditional beauty facials or Hydrafacial are good options to consider.
Our 30's are the decade when age-related changes in the skin start to accelerate and become noticeable. It is at this time that the rate of cellular turnover slows, taking up to 60 days to completely renew the top layer of cells compared to 40 days, on average, for someone in their 20s. Dead cells sit on the surface of the skin and prevent light being reflected off it, causing it to lose its natural glow and become dull. During this decade we also lose collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, resulting in fine wrinkles. Skin appears less plump and the face begins to lose some of its prominent architecture as a result of the decline in estrogen, which results in a loss of overall volume and bone mass in the skull, cheekbones and jawline. Brown spots (hyperpigmentation) start to become more visible.
Now's the time to include Vitamin C in your daily skincare routine. Vitamin C has countless skincare benefits, including stimulating collagen and reducing pigmentation.
Consider facials which actively target removal of dead skin cells more aggressively, like micro-dermabrasion, and help to stimulate the bodies natural collagen production, like radiofrequency. The Power of 3 Facial or Hydra-Tite Facial are good options.
Our 40's are often when we start to look more into anti-aging treatments. Fine lines, increased pigmentation, poor texture, moisture loss, and deeper expression lines all become more apparent in this decade. In addition, lymphatic drainage begins to slow at this age, resulting in puffiness around the eyes and in the cheeks. If sun protection has not been used during the previous decades, skin can also start to become "leathery" as a result of sun exposure. Medical grade skincare including retinol is a must during this decade to effectively tackle dullness, dryness and pigmentation. The ZO Skin Health range is good to consider as it covers all skin conditions. Medical skincare can only be prescribed by an expert so you'll need to book a consultation first to reap the benefits.
Consider facials which actively lift, plump and firm the skin. CACI, IPL (intense pulsed light) and RF (radiofrequency) are all treatments which can be combined within a facial to actively target signs of aging and help to restore lost collagen like The Power of 3 Facial
Our 50's are by far the most challenging decade. Skin thins, collagen and elastin production slows considerably, resulting in deeper lines and wrinkles, specifically around the mouth and eye area and causing skin to sag around the jawline. Hormonal changes lead to hair growth and it's not unusual to find dark hairs sprouting out of nowhere on your chin or top lip! Vellus hair, known as "peach fuzz" also becomes more prevalent on the cheeks and chin. Redness and pigmentation also increase during this decade.
Consider facials which include collagen stimulating and lifting treatments like HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound) as well as RF and IPL for overall facial rejuvenation, like Hydratite, Hydralite or the Million Dollar facial which includes dermaplaning to completely remove vellus hair.
By choosing the right facial for the right decade you can be sure that you won't just be spending money on treatments which are not actively targeting what your skin needs.
To see best results from a facial, regular treatments are required, ideally once a month.
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