Skin Through The Ages

Posted on June 10th, by staff in Dermatological Advice, Skincare. No Comments

Skin Through The Ages

Even at 82, Carmen Dell’Orefice, the world’s oldest supermodel, is still turning heads with her incredibly well-maintained face. You, too, can continue putting your best face forward with the help of a cosmetic dermatologist. Here, our go-to Toronto derm, Dr. Lisa Kellett, explains how our skin develops throughout the different life cycles, and what we need to pay special attention to in each stage.

Skin in your 30s

Collagen gives your skin its support, much like the beams in a house. Around your thirties, collagen production slows, so this is when you will first see signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, in the skin around the eyes, mouth and neck. More water is lost which leads to drying and decreases the skin’s natural protection barrier. Along with daily sunscreen, your skin needs extra moisture, as it tends to get drier as we age. So consider using a richer moisturizer and start using collagen-boosting Vitamin A (retinol) at night.

Skin in your 40s

Dryness of the skin increases at this stage and sunspots, age spots and pigmentation might appear in the late forties, depending on your sun behaviour. Prolonged sun exposure can damage elastin, the connective tissue that keeps your skin flexible and allows it to hold its shape. This is also where you will start to see changing in the skin on the backs of your hands, and possibly in the chest area as well. Like it or not, at this stage you are starting to age, so you must be diligent about using Vitamin A at night, and now just like your glass of OJ is good for your body, start using Vitamin C in the morning for your skin. Vitamin C, along with ferulic acid and vitamin E (get this trio in one serum here), are potent antioxidants which prevent free radicals from doing too much damage.

Skin in your 50s

In this decade, sagging skin on the neck area starts to form jowls and the skin on your neck, hands and chest tends to become thinner and more delicate than that on the rest of your body. If this isn’t enough, your lips begin to thin due to a loss of moisture and collagen, and you may appear to have a turned down mouth (marionette lines) due to loss of skin elasticity. Forget about milk baths ladies, just continue with Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Skin in your 60s, 70s, and 80s 

Carmen Dell’Orefice, age 67

Fine lines will begin to appear on your cheeks, lines from your nose to mouth may become deeper, and marionette lines may also become more pronounced. Skin looks thinner and more translucent, making things like blood vessels more visible. Your skin will start to look and feel drier, making lines and wrinkles more prominent along with a loss of volume around the eyes, mouth, cheeks and temples due to fat loss. In this stage, Vitamin A and Vitamin C application is crucial as the skin is very susceptible to the benefits of both Vitamins, especially if delivered in a concentrated form.

Best Tools & Treatments

Here are seven ways to prevent and treat the signs of aging.

1. Topical Antioxidants

Vitamin A and C are the key antioxidants for skin maintenance, and there is clinically no better way to deliver them to your skin then by using them in a liquid topical form: Serums. Serums are a good investment because they can be mixed into your current creams to boost their efficacy. Learn about our favourite vitamin A serum here.

2. Botox

We’ve all heard about it, we all know someone who is doing it, but what is it and why does it work? Botox is an inhibitor that works to relax specific muscles that when contracted form lines. Botox is not a filler, and although people often use terms like Botoxed, or too much Botox, if injected appropriately there is almost no physical indication of the treatment. The true purpose of Botox isn’t to freeze your face into stiff submission, but rather to help you look more relaxed and well-rested.

3. Injectable Fillers

Fillers, using Hyaluronic Acid, literally “fills” in hollows and wrinkles while providing a slight lift. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance that absorbs moisture in the skin and eventually is broken down and gradually the effects wear off.


To achieve a natural look and avoid looking like an alien or a blowfish, see an experienced dermatologist for your Botox and fillers.


4. Skin Tightening

Did you ever think that radio frequency (RF) would be a relevant component to anti-aging? There is an amazing device called Thermage that uses RF to stimulate collagen production and can tighten skin on the face, around the eyes, neck and even on the body. Learn more about Thermage here.

5. Intense Pulsed Light

IPL treatments provide overall improvement in texture, tone and colour, including brown spots and age spots. The light actually raises and removes pigment from the skin and simultaneously stimulates collagen remodelling. IPL is the most commonly performed clinical treatment because its results and benefits are so multi-faceted, and there is no downtime. Read about one woman’s IPL experience here.

6. Blu Light

Both precancerous lesions and adult acne
 can be abolished by the “Blu Light” machine. Just like sitting under a hair dryer in the days of old, this treatment consists of sitting in front of a Blu Light after an application of a photodynamic prescription drug, which for precancerous cells, works by destroying damaged cells in the skin. For acne, it reduces oil production and eliminates acne bacteria in the skin, preventing future acne as well. Read our Blu Light treatment review here.

7. Sleep

They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!
 Sleep is important for cell repair and regeneration, and lack of sleep can impair these processes. The result is skin that does not look as healthy as it could be. Good overall health, including proper diet, exercise, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking and good sleep habits will all help to improve skin’s appearance and its ability to heal itself. Are you an insomniac? Read our 7 tips on how to fall asleep here.

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