One of the most notable signs of ageing is in the skin, which over time loses elasticity and suppleness, becoming wrinkled in the process.
While this may be hard for some to accept, cosmetic dermatologic surgeon Dr Daniel Lanzer - who has more than 25 years in the industry - believes that caring for mature skin and retaining a smooth, healthy complexion “isn’t as hard as you might think… if you know how”.
“Skin is a highly versatile organ with multiple functions,” Dr Lanzer says.
“In order to function optimally and to look its best, our skin needs to be well hydrated. Dry skin lacking in moisture appears wrinkly and coarse and has no elasticity.
“If you want to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay and have soft, supple skin, drink a lot of water, exfoliate your skin regularly and moisturise every day.”
Dr Lanzer adds that while the sun is a great source of vitamin D, which is essential for strong, healthy bones, UV rays are one of the prime causes of damaged, ageing skin with visible pigmentation, or sun spots.
“Protect your skin from the sun during peak UV times and always use a sunscreen to prevent sun damage,” he says.
“Many facial moisturisers and even some foundations contain sun protection, or use a sunblock cream, especially on your hands and face.”
A healthy diet rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals is also recommended, with Dr Lanzer explaining that this will “nourish your skin” and provide it with a “healthy glow”.
Reducing unsaturated fats, sugars, salts and processed foods in your diet is something Dr Lanzer says will help you to consume more foods containing nutrients which are beneficial to your skin, such as Vitamins A, C, D and E and protein.
Dr Lanzer also notes that sleep is also an important part of your skincare routine.
“Have you noticed how a poor sleep shows on your face so much more readily as you get older?,” he says.
“Sleep is essential for maintaining healthy, supple skin, as your body does its best repair and rebuild work while you are sleeping. It is also the optimum time for your skin to absorb and utilise all the rich nutrients found in your night creams.”
While noting there are a number of ways to help support healthy skin as you age, Dr Lanzer reminds those looking to ease the effects of ageing that ageing is “inevitable”.
“Even if we do everything we can to look after our skin, ageing is inevitable. Genetics play a part too, so if you are drinking plenty of water, moisturising daily, eating well and getting enough sleep but your skin is still showing its age, you may want some extra help,” he explains.
“These days there are many different procedures to help restore some youthful elements to your skin and Dr Lanzer can offer a variety of restorative treatments to minimise the signs of ageing and give your skin a welcome boost.
“We offer a range of facial treatments to visibly reduce the signs of ageing and give your face a little of that youthful glow you used to have.
“And for a natural look try a simple mini face lift or go the whole way and have a facial suture lift or a full facial makeover - there are many options depending on your needs.
“If it is just the eye area that is looking rather tired consider eyelid surgery, known as Blepharoplasty. This treatment refreshes the eye area by removing bags beneath the eyes and can help make the eyes appear bigger and brighter by removing excess skin on the upper eyelids.
“Laser resurfacing can help to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and improve sun damaged skin.
“Dermal facial fillers, anti-wrinkle injections, microdermabrasion, facial fat transfers, neck liposuction and face vein therapy are further ways to achieve a softer, glowing complexion and take you back to the days when you had had a more youthful look.”
The Dr Lanzer team highlight that any surgery can have its risks and say the company always recommend seeking a second opinion to “ensure you cover all concerns” and have all the information to make the right decision for you.
More information about Dr Lanzer and the services available can be found online or by calling 1800 444 333