Why do we age?

Why do we age?

As The New York Times recently put it, the only true solution to ageing, is death. But our central mode of dealing with that inevitability is to deny and deal with it. I had to giggle – this is so true, isn’t it? Glossy magazines, instagram filters , killer ads with 80 year old’s looking 50 and so many other factors influence our want and need to fight ageing.


So, what is the best way to fight the enemy? Well, first we need to learn who and what is the enemy before we strategise. I use the term enemy because so many experience it to be just that. An enemy chipping away at self confidence, self worth. An enemy of comparison encouraging thoughts of negativity.  I cannot say this loud enough: I generalise here by saying that.


There are those unique few that age well, blessed with “ouma’s genes” who get away with a bar of soap and slap on whatever is in the draw. There is also a growing trend in both women and men embracing their lines and crevices. My humble opinion is yay to both. Live and let live. For the purposes of this article, I’ll be catering for and educating the first group.  Us folk who would like to…age gracefully.


Let get tucked in, what are the symptoms of ageing?


The 7 most common signs of ageing:


  1. Fine lines and wrinkles (due to a weakening in our collagen and elastin structures in the skin).
  2. Dull skin (our cell turnover decreases causing our skin to shed less often, old, dry skin thus packs on).
  3. Uneven skin tone , blotchiness and age spots appear (caused by an over exposure to UV rays, an increase in visible and dilated capillaries, patches of our skin harbor melanin unevenly, age and liver spots intensify).
  4. Dry and dehydrated skin (our hydration levels deplete and our ability to retain moisture decreases. Decreasing estrogen levels in women also further contribute to reduced sebaceous activity).
  5. Sagging skin, loss of volume, thinning of the epidermis (due to a break down in both collagen and elastin which give our skin structure).
  6. Rough skin texture (the skin appears bumpy because of a reduced cell turnover causing dead skin cells to build up).
  7. Visible pores (resulting from both gravity and the loss of elasticity in our skin).


What causes ageing?


The three primary theories of skin ageing most scientists agree on are:


  • Glycation which is the crystallisation of our collagen bundles in the skin caused by excessive sugar use. This in turn causes our skin to lose its structure and bounce causing it to become saggy.
  • Free radical formation caused by stress, medication, pollution, alcohol use and abuse, UV exposure etc.
  • DNA damage caused by free radicals ,thus cells replicating from our mother cells are damaged too. These damaged cells end up replacing healthy ones in the skin.


So, how do we actively treat ageing?


  • By breaking down crystallised collagen bundles with skin needling while stimulating the formation of new collagen by means of further monthly skin needling sessions using actives such as vitamin c and hyaluronic acid. (Try Bio Dermal Skin Tech’s Super C Halo Booster) Skin needling will increase the skins elasticity, thus it will also reduce enlarged pore size and thicken the thinning epidermis.


  • By incorporating in salon and home care retail products containing powerful anti oxidants aimed at neutralising free radicals protecting the cells DNA from further damage allowing healthy cells to replace the old, damaged ones. ( Bio Dermal Skin Tech offers a compact, cost effective home care range rich in anti oxidants, UV neutralising actives, stem cells – all the good stuff)


  • In addition to implementing anti oxidants, the daily use of UVA and UVB protecting sun screen is essential.


  • Dermal fillers, plasma skin tightening and advanced skin needling attachments can all be used to recreate lost structure of the skin causing sagging and wrinkles.


  • Supplements are crucial in the fight against anti ageing. Omega 3 fatty acids will aid in combating dryness causing flaking, dull skin where as LGlutathione will help treat hyperpigmentation from the inside out. Milk thistle will increase your liver function and result in brighter, detoxed skin. Supplements can be added to a clients diet via pills, or shakes salons may retail or my personal favourite – nutraceutical IV drips administered by a medical professional.


  • Increase cell turnover with retinol based products (such as Biodermal skin Tech’s Vitamin A booster) retinol will aid in keeping your skins cell turnover active resulting in a smooth, even skin texture.


  • Resurfacing treatments such as skin peels, skin blading / derma planning or micro dermabrasion treatments are an absolute essential part of treating dull, rough, patchy skin as these treatments dramatically increase the skins cell turnover.


So, in short, fighting ageing will take a 4 step approach:


1. Alternate between monthly resurfacing and skin needling treatments.

2. Use a solid cosmeceutical home care range containing actives like retinol, anti oxidants, hyaluronic acid and UV filters.

3. Include needed supplements in your diet .

4. Replace lost volume and tighten sagging by means of skin needling, plasma skin tightening, medical threads or dermal fillers.


There is no single strategy approach. Fighting ageing takes an all – round holistic approach. It can be both daunting and confusing. Therefor it is a journey and fight best fought and won when partnering with a beauty therapist, somatologist or medical aesthetics practitioner.


Book any of the treatments listed above with a qualified therapist within our network or Contour.Med by sending an email to hello@jaclynivy.co.za . Or pop us an email at education@nov-u.co.za to book advanced aesthetic training such as dermal planning, skin peels, skin needling, plasma skin tightening and more.


-Jaclyn Ivy