Worrying about ageing is a common concern for many Australians. With it comes the urge to look good without turning back the clock completely. As society becomes more accepting of older icons like Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep and Jane Fonda, there has been a cultural shift from women not to show any signs of ageing to ageing gracefully in a way that leaves you feeling good about yourself. We look after our faces by avoiding smoking, sun and alcohol – but it’s equally important to pay attention to our hands, chest and neck.
As the average person ages, they lose the skin elasticity, collagen, elastin and subcutaneous tissue that plumps and firms the skin. Skin gets drier as oil production slows down. Body fat redistributes, subtly altering your shape while making veins and tendons appear more prominent. Unless you’ve religiously applied a high SPF sun protection to your hands, chest and neck all your adult life, you might even find the odd sunspot or freckle or two on these areas. It’s a process that happens over time and can catch up with you unexpectedly. It’s why many people feel like they’ve woken up and found themselves looking at a stranger in the mirror – overnight!
It’s not all doom and gloom, and running to your dermatologist demanding they turn back the clock and make you look 20 again is neither realistic nor necessary. Most of us are happy as we are and just wish to look more fresh and vibrant – and there are a wealth of non-surgical, affordable and minimally invasive treatment options that can help you do just that.
Nobody wants to walk into a skin clinic and walk out afterwards looking like a comic character with overly pulled, plumped and stretched skin. This is why you need to choose a skin clinic that can offer you a range of treatments such as laser, collagen therapy and even fillers. These treatments offer subtle effects that you can build up over time – the kind that will have people asking if you’ve just come back from a holiday and not guessing you’ve just returned from a clinic session.