Stopping the sag
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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