Welcome to the 5th decade!
Beauty starts from the inside-out.
The four pillars of inner beauty:
1. Sleep - We all need our beauty sleep to allow the body to recover and recharge. Aim for at least 7 hours sleep at night, so you do not look or feel tired.
2. Food - A healthy balanced diet containing 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruits a day. The best diet is the Mediterranean one with lots of whole foods, extra virgin olive oil, fruits, vegetables and fish. Avoid ultra processed packaged foods containing lots of inflammatory oxidants that accelerate ageing. Also avoiding excessive calorie consumption helps prolong life.
3. Exercise - A combination of strength and aerobic exercises helps build muscles and bones, improve brain health, and helps you to feel strong and look young.
4. Stress - Manage stress as best as possible, which includes scheduling downtime and holidays, socialising, and meditating. When you feel less stressed, you look younger.
If you are a smoker, the first thing to do is to stop immediately. Smokers have more advanced skin ageing from the nicotine damage.
Using good medical grade skincare products containing quality vitamin ABC serums can help to improve skin quality.
The most important skincare product is a broad spectrum SPF50+ sunscreen. Excessive sun exposure contributes significantly to premature skin ageing such as fine lines and skin discoloration.
A series of broad band light (BBL) treatments have no downtime, and helps to freshen up ageing and sun damaged skin. Reducing brown and red discolorations helps skin to look more even toned and younger.
For dynamic wrinkles of the upper face such as crows feet around the eyes, forehead lines and frown lines between the brows, anti-wrinkle injections such as Botox helps to soften these movement lines, for a more youthful appearance.
Dermal fillers carefully injected into the mid and lower face helps to replenish volume loss, and restore more youthful contours. Common treatment areas are the cheeks, lips, chin, jowls and around the mouth area.
For advanced skin ageing with lots of fine lines and brown discolorations, a more ablative fractional laser resurfacing such as erbium or carbon dioxide, can help give a more dramatic improvement in skin quality.
The best results are usually achieved with a combination of injectables and laser treatments in the clinic, and using sunscreen and good quality medical grade skincare at home.
Have a consultation with an experienced cosmetic doctor, who can assess you, and prescribe a personalized treatment plan that best suits your preferences and budget.
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