It is often said that our lives are written on our faces.
If that is the case, is it possible to rejuvenate a skin that has become undermined overtime?
Erase a few fine lines, soften a deep furrow, or even out dark patches?
Fortunately, there is an increasing array of products and procedures to help rejuvenate skin worn by time.
What is Skin Rejuvenation?
Our skin is an intelligent, intercellular communication system, a constant beehive of activity.
The problem is unlike our body; our skin lacks one CRUCIAL component of its own independent blood supply. Blood vessels don’t reach the surface of the skin, which is why when we graze our skin doesn’t draw any blood. Instead, our blood vessels are buried deep within the dermis, they never reach our skins surface the epidermis.
So what does this lack of blood supply really mean, in terms of skin health?
Instead of vital oxygen and nutrients being received in our skin by blood transport, they are diffused up into the epidermis, from buried blood vessels. Sadly this is not a very efficient process, meaning our epidermis goes without the all-important oxygen and nutrients and unfortunately things don’t get much better with age.
Clinical studies show a 30% decline in blood supply, meaning less nutrition is going to get to our skin.
Over time, the skin begins to lose its youthful appearance. This natural ageing process is often accelerated by extrinsic and intrinsic ageing.
The visible results can present themself in the skin as superficial blemishes, broken capillaries, fine lines, wrinkles, and expression lines, freckles, and keratoses (dry spots).
Types of Facial Rejuvenation Treatments
Facial rejuvenation can be achieved in a number of different ways.
It is important to note here at the Naked Chemist we come from a purely holistic, clean beauty perspective. None of the procedures other than very light chemical peels do we use in our treatments or recommend, instead, preferring to get facial rejuvenation from the use of ingredients that mimic the composition of the skin, as discussed here.
Antiageing creams containing Vitamins B and C, growth factors and topical retinoids like the type found in A+ complex, all fall under the umbrella of cosmeceuticasl.
Botulinum toxin can be used to paralyse overactive muscles of facial expression, especially in the central forehead and crow’s feet.
Fillers or implants can be injected under the skin to disguise crows feet, lines and some scars. These include collagen, hyaluronic acid and fat.
Resurfacing refers to surgical or laser procedures that remove the top layer of skin, smoothing it out. This can include derma rolling, chemical peels, dermabrasion, ablative laser resurfacing, nonablative laser resurfacing such as fractional laser treatment and intense pulsed light.
Surgery may be used to disguise or remove sagging and loose skin. This includes a full facelift to tighten muscles and loose jowls. A neck lift or loose skin and muscles of the neck. Temporal lift for sagging of the forehead or the eyebrow area and blepharoplasty to remove unwanted baggy eyelids.
Facial capillaries can be removed using a vascular laser or intense pulsed light.
Hyper-pigmentation can be treated by pigment lasers or intense pulsed light. As we come from a holistic viewpoint we have good results in-clinic, treating pigmentation with Glo antioxidant complex, combined with a 3-month course of glycolic peels that should be performed professionally.
The naked truth
So is skin rejuvenation possible from a skin cream?
Well the bottom line is yes and no, what goes on does go in, but because less blood flow means less nutrition is available to our skin, in order for our skin tissues to be truly healthy, they require a constant supply of blood; that coupled with specific ingredients that deliver nourishment through the epidermis to the dermis.
Each of our cells is protected by a phospholipid bilayer – the major component that makes up our cell membrane; it acts as a tiny fortress, only allowing certain molecules to pass through the cellular wall.
To get around this, our products utilise unique encapsulation technology for many of the ingredients. A liposome called phosphatidylcholine naturally enhances penetration into the cellular wall. This technique helps to ensure that the all-important nutrients are delivered deep into the dermis, where they are taken up by the blood vessels and delivered directly to the skin.
Helping to create healthy, youthful skin for now and many years to come.
If we have piqued your interest and you’d love to find out more, this is a great article to get you started.
8 ways to rejuvenate the skin naturally: https://www.readersdigest.ca/health/beauty/8-ways-naturally-rejuvenate-your-skin-spring/
Want to take years off your face:https://www.health.harvard.edu/aging/want-to-take-years-off-your-face-these-treatments-can-rejuvenate-your-skin
Skin rejuvenation treatment: https://skinscience.co.nz/services/photo-rejuvenation
Can Restylane help with ageing and wrinkles: https://beautifulorlando.com/blog/can-restylane-help-with-aging-and-wrinkles