Stop­ping the sag

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Beauty pro­fes­sion­als an­swer ques­tions on droop­ing eye­lids and more.

MPlease in­clude your name, ad­dress and con­tact num­ber. All the best to Y cheeks are “dis­ap­pear­ing”! I’m 41 and have no­ticed that my face is los­ing its elas­tic­ity. I am wor­ried. It has come to a point where I dread look­ing at pho­to­graphs of my­self be­cause the sag­ging face seems to be so clearly cap­tured on film. Even my eye­lids are droop­ing. Please ad­vise – S.P.Lam

Ac­cord­ing to David Khoo, Skin Care Sci­en­tist, P&G In­ter­na­tional Op­er­a­tions Pte Ltd, the loss of skin elas­tic­ity is a nor­mal con­se­quence of the skin’s age­ing process, but for­tu­nately, there’s plenty you can do about it. You’ll find a wide range of op­tions for restor­ing skin firm­ness at der­ma­tol­o­gist clin­ics such as in­jectable fillers, laser treat­ment and ra­dio fre­quency ther­apy, which tight­ens the col­la­gen in your skin. A good der­ma­tol­o­gist will rec­om­mend the right treat­ment (or com­bi­na­tion of treat­ments) for your spe­cific con­cerns. Such treat­ments have been known to yield dra­matic re­sults.

How­ever, not ev­ery­one wants to step into a clinic, and as such, there are top­i­cal skin­care op­tions that have been sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to im­prove skin firm­ness.

There are var­i­ous rea­sons for the sag­ging we see in the mir­ror – changes in bone struc­ture, fat dis­tri­bu­tion and fa­cial mus­cu­la­ture, or some other causes that can be ad­dressed by the der­ma­tol­o­gist or cos­metic sur­geon.

How­ever, there are changes that oc­cur at the level of the skin that can also af­fect over­all firm­ness. As we age, our skin cells pro­duce less col­la­gen and elastin, the struc­tural pro­teins that play an im­por­tant part in main­tain­ing your skin’s youth­ful bounce. At the same time, your skin also loses tur­gor, a term used to de­scribe the shape and vol­ume of your skin cells.

Your skin is firm when cells have good tur­gor. Con­versely, skin be­gins to lose its firm­ness when tur­gor de­creases. The loss of tur­gor hap­pens be­cause your skin loses its abil­ity to hold on to mois­ture due to the grad­ual de­cline of nat­u­ral “wa­ter mag­nets” in your skin, like hyaluronic acid and glyc­erol.

In sci­en­tific stud­ies, the Olay Re­gener­ist Mi­crosculpt­ing Serum has been shown to boost skin firm­ness in just five days. It’s pow­ered by the Re­gener­ist Aminopep­tide Com­plex, and works at the cel­lu­lar level. The com­plex con­tains col­la­gen-boost­ing pep­tides and Niaci­namide, which helps to im­prove the skin’s nat­u­ral abil­ity to re­tain wa­ter over time. This ben­e­fit is com­ple­mented by hyaluronic acid, which acts as a mois­ture net on the skin’s sur­face, help­ing to draw mois­ture into your skin cells.

In a blinded con­sumer test of 119 women in Bri­tain, most women who tried it agree that it leaves skin feel­ing firmer and gave skin a lifted ap­pear­ance. It is for these rea­sons that the serum can be con­sid­ered an op­tion even to a dra­matic treat­ment like a facelift.

Olay will be giv­ing Lam an Olay Re­gener­ist Mi­cro-Sculpt­ing Serum worth RM129.90.

I’M a man, aged 36, and am only be­gin­ning to use skin­care now. How­ever, I am con­fused. Dif­fer­ent beauty ad­vis­ers tell me dif­fer­ent things. One beauty ad­viser said that I should use the men’s skin­care line as a man’s skin is thicker, pores larger and oilier than a woman’s skin. How­ever, an­other beauty ad­viser told me a dif­fer­ent story and said that I could use women’s skin­care line. I find women’s skin­care lines more com­plete as there are serums, sun blocks, spot cor­rec­tors and other prod­ucts.

Please ad­vise whether I should use the men’s or women’s skin­care line, as my main con­cern is age­ing. Thank you. – Cody

Cam­mie Can­nella, vice pres­i­dent global ed­u­ca­tion and cus­tomer re­la­tions Kiehl’s World­wide says that it is true that men’s skin is struc­tured dif­fer­ently than women’s. It’s thicker and tends to be oilier with larger pores. Due to these dif­fer­ences (and to the higher amounts of nat­u­ral oils which help the skin stay younger-look­ing for longer pe­ri­ods), a man’s skin of­ten needs anti-age­ing prod­ucts later in life. Whether you are seek­ing a ba­sic skin­care reg­i­men or ad­dress­ing the signs of age­ing, it’s per­fectly ap­pro­pri­ate for a man to use prod­ucts that are geared for women.

At Kiehl’s, we do not rec­om­mend prod­ucts based solely on gen­der or even age. Rather, we cus­tomise our rec­om­mended so­lu­tions, based on each cus­tomer’s unique skin type, con­di­tion and con­cerns.

For ex­am­ple, we de­vel­oped our Fa­cial Fuel prod­ucts – which are a col­lec­tion of ex­tremely light­weight for­mu­lae that con­tain in­vig­o­rat­ing in­gre­di­ents such as caf­feine, and eu­ca­lyp­tus and ch­est­nut ex­tracts to en­er­gise the skin – in or­der to meet the spe­cific needs of men’s skin.

But, we also have many fe­male cus­tomers who love and use these prod­ucts as well (in­clud­ing the Fa­cial Fuel Eye-Depuffer, which is as pop­u­lar with our fe­male cus­tomers as it is for our male cus­tomers). Also, many male cus­tomers who seek anti-age­ing ben­e­fits from their skin­care reg­i­mens are hooked on serums (such as the Mid­night Re­cov­ery Con­cen­trate, which gives a health­ier, in­vig­o­rated skin ap­pear­ance even af­ter the first ap­pli­ca­tion) as well as Kiehl’s Der­ma­tol­o­gist So­lu­tions for­mu­las (Pow­er­ful-Strength Line-Re­duc­ing Con­cen­trate, to re­vi­talise skin tex­ture and di­min­ish the ap­pear­ance lines and wrin­kles).

Lastly, for both men and women, one of the most im­por­tant prod­ucts to in­clude in any skin­care reg­i­men is a broad-spec­trum sun pro­tec­tion to be used daily, as stud­ies have shown that up to 90% of vis­i­ble skin age­ing can be pre­vented through the reg­u­lar use of a proper sun­screen prod­uct. Kiehl’s rec­om­mends its Der­ma­tol­o­gist So­lu­tions Ul­tra Light Daily UV De­fense SPF 50 PA+++ for­mula.

If you are in­ter­ested in a per­son­alised con­sul­ta­tion in or­der to help find your in­di­vid­ual skin­care so­lu­tions, visit any Kiehl’s store.

Kiehl’s will be giv­ing Cody a Der­ma­tol­o­gist So­lu­tions Ul­tra Light Daily UV De­fense SPF 50 PA+++ worth RM140.

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