Studies show that around 28 years of age is when the first signs of ageing will begin to show. Dr.Sam Van Eeden, a renowned Aesthetic Practitioner, explains that as we reach our mid-20’s, the production of collagen in our skin begins to slow down rapidly and the elastin also starts to lose its spring. It’s something we all worry about as we get older, so here we will highlight some of the most prominent signs of ageing and provide a small guide on how you can combat these signs early on. Look good like the Hommage brand ambassador, Mat Reboul.
How to combat the signs of ageing…
One of the most common ways we begin to age is due to sun damage. Over time, UV-damaged cells eventually make their way to the skin’s surface, causing dark spots to appear. To prevent sun damage to your skin, one of the main and most obvious solutions is using sun protection. The rule to follow is to always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen that will shield you from UVA and UVB rays. The sunscreen must be at least SPF 30, and higher if you’re going to be outdoors or driving. However, if you have already began to develop brown spots, then using a product with hydroquinone should help you to fade them out.
Fine lines and wrinkles
Wrinkles are the most common signs of ageing that are frequently worried about. First to appear are the very fine lines, these small expression lines tend to show around the mouth, eyes and forehead area and are triggered by facial expression.
Ways to combat wrinkles come under making a range of lifestyle changes: getting your beauty sleep is one way to ensure your skin is going into repair mode and getting an early night, in particular as around 1am as this is when your body enters its deepest sleep. Avoid smoking and drinking; smoking speeds up the ageing process by starving the skin of oxygen and breaking down it’s elasticity. In addition, alcohol dehydrates the skin, is inflammatory and depletes vitamin A-levels.
It is important to use a product that stimulates cell-rejuvination, such as Beta Hydoxy Acid (BHA). BHA cleans deep within the pores, and it is one of the key ingredients in the Hommage Revitalise Shave Gel.
Around the eye area is the first place that many people begin to notice their first wrinkles emerging and a majority of crow’s-feet are due to constant squinting. Therefore, a simple solution is to wear a good pair of sunglasses in order to avoid squinting even on days when there is only a partial amount of sun. Additionally, a retinol product to rejuvenate the wrinkled skin will work wonders.
The most common area that begins to sag and show age most prominently is the neck, commonly described as the ‘turkey neck’. The turkey is caused by muscles that become flacid over the years once they have lost fat and skin, which is what gives the sagging effect.
The best way to reduce a sagging neck is exercise. By stretching your neck daily you can train the skin to become taut rather than loose. Avoid slouching when at computers and hold your head up high, a benefit of this is that you will improve your posture at the same time. There are also exercise techniques, such as facial yoga that will help you to tighten the muscles in the neck area.
Dull, glow-less skin
As you age your cell-turnover rate begins to slow down, giving the effect of a dull and glow-less complexion. The cause of dull skin is often dead skin cells being shed more regularly on to the skin surface.
By exfoliating your skin regularly you will reflect more light, giving the appearance of brighter skin. Also ensure you wash your face every night before you go to sleep. If the dirt and grime collected from the day lingers on your skin over night it will damage your skin whilst you are sleeping. The Hommage Refine Exfoliating Mask doesn’t just give you a deep cleanse, but it removes the keratinised skin cells and encourages cell renewal, leaving your skin feeling soft and looking brighter.