Anti-ageing

Fiona The Skinologist performing a skin consultation at her Chester skin clinic - looking at paperwork for her lift and rejuvenate plan. Covering anti-ageing treatments.

Anti-ageing treatments

Anti-ageing is big business! Everyone wants to look younger and receive compliments. You might just have a more simple need to be noticed again! There are now some fantastic anti-ageing treatments that really do deliver almost magical results!

There are a host of anti-ageing skin creams and plenty of invasive procedures. Like a facelift or injectables on the market. It can be confusing to know what to do, how much to spend and what to do if something isn't working.

Before we get into these questions it's really important to understand the process of ageing. By knowing this we can look at ways to combat problem skin, manage conditions or even take years off someone face.

Please note that not all clinics are created equal when it comes to anti-ageing treatments. Please check that staff are trained and experienced in using the equipment and products. Most importantly they are getting the results you are looking for. You can do this by checking for qualifications and training records of staff, recommendations on social media and also client testimonials along with before and after photos.

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anti-ageing science lesson

Skin ageing is an inevitable process. The loss of elastic tissue (elastin and collagen) contribute to the visible signs of ageing, such as fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and discolouration.

Elastin is a protein that provides skin with the ability to stretch and snapback. It’s found in the connective tissue of the skin’s dermis layer. As your skin starts to lose elasticity, it causes it to look saggy and crinkled.

Collagen is another, more complex form of protein in the skin. Your skin comprises of almost 80% collagen. Your Collagen is woven together to create a supple and flexible mesh. The health of your collagen can be helped with vitamins, notably vitamin C. With time this mesh thins due to several factors such as sun exposure, genetics, and reduced production of collagen (this happens more as we age). With this loss of volume comes the same issues with Elastin loss, sagging and wrinkled skin.

Understanding how our skin ages is an important first step in trying to ensure it doesn’t age any faster than it needs to. After all, looking and feeling youthful boosts our self-esteem and self-confidence. Thanks to today’s revolutionary developments in skincare, reversing the signs of ageing is easier than ever before.

Why doesn't my anti-ageing cream work?

Or better known as "over the counter face creams" just don't work, they will only cover the surface of the skin to give a nice complexion at the time. Simply put they will not deliver long term results. Worryingly there can also be more preservatives than active ingredients due to the mass production process.

With some research, you will also find that the particular active ingredient (the one they spend so much money on advertising to you) are such a small percentage of the product it will have minimal effect on your skin.

Everyone has different skin types, genetics and environmental factors to consider. This is without even considering skin conditions like rosacea, acne and premature ageing. Something mass-produced will have to cover as many customers as possible. This can mean certain products purchased can irritate skin conditions. For example, if you have acne on your face, an exfoliating face wash should not be used! As this will further irritate and damage the skin.

Read the small print!

Check out skin cream advertisers small print at the bottom of the TV screen or the magazine. You will also usually see a little disclaimer to say something like "Of 200 participants who took part in the trial 120 said they saw some or more than some improvement in their skin". Participation is relatively low while the bar is not too high.

We want our clients to look at their skin and think WOW! Certainly not "some improvement". Some of our clients have had friends and family ask what are they doing differently or what is their secret!

Have people said the same to you from using over the counter skin products? If the answer is no don't worry you are not alone. Britain's women spent over £1.4 billion on skincare in 2020. With very mixed skin results for all of the reasons above. Check out an article Fiona wrote on LinkedIn if you are interested in advice from a skin expert on the best anti ageing creams.

Are miracle skin results possible?

Some of our anti-ageing treatments can turn back time for your skin! Yes I know that is a big claim but it's true! Our treatments address the two main issues of ageing skin. They will naturally encourage your own skin to produce more collagen and elastin.

The Skinologists anti-ageing treatments achieve such great results by reaching the deep skin layers. Our anti-ageing treatments are pain-free with no surgery, no scars, or injections needed.

Skin treatments are cost-effective in that the price is much lower than surgery and with no downtime. There is no requirement to take holidays from work or lose out on income if self-employed.

It's a skin secret that celebrities from the big screen to Cheshire Housewives use. How do you think they still look so youthful and fresh-faced?! They use skin care professionals to create the perfect Skin Plan. Which includes age-defying skin treatments, in combination with pharma-cosmeceutical products!  All combined in a skin regime they religiously follow.

pharma-cosmeceutical skin products?!

Simply put they contain more of those active ingredients and also a higher quality of other ingredients.

They will also usually contain fewer additives some may even be vegan and/or organic. Most importantly they cannot be purchased over the counter or at online stores.

Top products will also have a delivery system to ensure the ingredients reach the deep layers of the skin, not the superficial surface layer. This is what really encourages healthy skin and most importantly improves skin function. They are a secret weapon in anti-ageing treatments!

Only qualified skincare professionals like the Skinologists prescribe pharma-cosmeceutical products after a skin consultation. Why is that? Because they contain more active ingredients that can have a stronger more powerful effect on the skin. So you need to be sure of a few things:

  1. Your skin is suitable.
  2. There is no underlining skin condition that may cause complications - like rosacea.
  3. You have no medical conditions that could conflict
  4. You are not having any medical procedures in the following days and weeks.

Correct use of pharma-cosmeceutical products

Pharma-cosmeceutical products must be used correctly. Otherwise, existing skin conditions can worsen and skin can become more damaged. Worst case, skin function can be so badly affected infection can occur. This can result in a visit to your GP or dermatologist for a course of antibiotics!

Please be careful of buying pharma-cosmeceutical skin products without a consultation. Should someone offer to sell you them without looking at your skin (at least a 10-15 minute consultation) be very careful!

Also buying products from online stores can pose other risks. There is no guarantee what you are buying is genuine and that it will have the desired effects you are looking for. If a product is significantly cheaper to buy online you have to ask yourself why?

The SKINOLOGISTS ANTI-AGEING TREATMENTS

Here are some of the anti-ageing treatments we can use to combat ageing. You will find some brief information on each treatment and the option to book a consultation.

Each treatment has its own more detailed information page, including results, before and after photographs so you can see the impact for yourself. Just click on the treatment title to find out more.

lifted and rejuvinate plan

This is a series of different bespoke skin treatments (from treatments listed below) to target each layer of the skin. It get's your skin activated and working at it's optimal level.

Also, strict homecare routine and skin supplements to work on the inside too. This process takes about six months to complete.

Skin Needling

Skin Needling is one of the most effective dermal therapies for optimising skin regeneration and managing anti-ageing by reducing any scarring, lines and wrinkles. It can also reduce sun damage and uneven skin tone.

This treatment is minimally invasive, designed to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our needles will not go too deep into the skin tissue so you don't have to worry about seeing blood.

Chemical Peels or pH formula skin resurfacing

Chemical peels reduce elastosis and the effects of photoaging, as well as increase collagen production. It lifts away dead skin cells and increases collagen production to give the skin a more youthful appearance.  Chemical peels can reduce elastosis and the effects of photoaging, as well as increase collagen production.

We use pHformula because of its unique pH-DVC technology. Unlike old fashioned skin peels that break down the delicate skin barrier, pHformula bypasses the barrier keeping it intact. This means less aggravation to the skin and little or no peeling.

Hifu Skin Tightening

HIFU is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment that helps tighten, lift, contour and rejuvenate the skin without the need for surgery. It generates heat using ultrasound waves to stimulate collagen and elastin production, which in turn lifts and stretches the skin to produce a revitalising effect and a more youthful appearance.

Only one treatment is required to achieve results. It's the next best thing to an actual facelift!

CACI Facial

CACI (Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument) is a non-invasive procedure that tones and firms the facial muscles. It's designed to lift, sculpt and rejuvenate your face. It also delivers a surge of moisture to the skin ensuring it is deeply nourished and moisturised.

By using the CACI Ultra machine not only can we work on facial toning, healing rejuvenation we can target specific areas - eye revive, lip plump and jowl lift. We recommend A course of ten treatments.

Collagen Wave Facial

This treatment uses Radio Frequency to create a thermal disruption in the skin, the skin then goes into action to repair. This builds more collagen and elastin. It carries on working in the skin for up to 72 hrs after treatment and has a great skin tightening effect.

This treatment can target specific areas or the full face and neck. It can also be used with CACI to produce both skin tightening and muscle lifting. We recommend a course of between 6 - 10 treatments.