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Future Proof Your Skin

25 Feb



Many women have a glamorous older friend they admire.   “I want to look just like her when I get to that age”. 

The foundation of how you will look in later years starts in your youth.   While this is largely determined by lifestyle and genetics what you do in 20’s and 30’s can help your future self. 



Be careful with sun exposure – you still need some of that Vitamin D but excessive sun exposure will show itself on your skin as you age.   50+ sunscreen is always a must whatever your age.

Hydrate and Eat well – Healthy oils and omega-3 fatty acids especially help collagen production. Your skin will be smoother and suppler, which will help prevent premature wrinkles and skin sagging.

Sleep well – Lack of sleep causes the body to make more of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body, affecting your skin’s quality.

Exercise/movement -  Increases blood flow, carrying oxygen and nutrients to nourish the skin cells.  Blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells.



Baby fat disappears and your face becomes slimmer.  Everything is as it should be.  Your skin is bright and plump.    

The key words at this time are SIMPLICITY and PREVENTION.  A good light moisturiser to nourish the skin, cleanser and 50+ SPF sunscreen is generally all that is required in your early 20’s.   Keep an eye out for any changing moles and get them checked by your GP.  You might consider taking Vitamin B3 orally to reduce the risk of non-melanoma cancers.

What anti-ageing treatments should I consider?   Anti-wrinkle treatments and dermal filler are unlikely to be required at this age unless there is a specific indication such as prominent dark circles or a negative vector orbit (eye is forward while the cheekbone is back).


LATE 20’s AND 30’s

The ageing process starts.   Your sun exposure in earlier years will start to show on your face.  Fine lines and wrinkles may start to appear.   Your cell turnover slows down, collagen starts to diminish, the skin thins and dead cell build up may cause discoloration and interfere with light reflection.  The key words at this time are GOOD HABITS.  Regular skin care and routine dermatology checks should start now.  Your regime of maintenance will start to increase around this age.  



Now is the time to move away from basic cleansing.   Up the ante on your cleanser and moisturiser and consider early anti-ageing ingredients such as Vitamin A and Hyaluronic Acid.   Vitamin A (retinoids) stimulate renewal of skin cells and aid in forming new collagen to make the skin thicker and wrinkles less noticeable.  Hyaluronic acid helps increase skin moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Topical treatments can soothe redness.    Hormone surges will influence skin appearance and quality during these ages.  Be cautious with new treatments if you are prone to acne and rosacea.


ANTI-AGEING TREATMENTS TO CONSIDER.    You are more likely to require anti-wrinkle treatments or dermal filler however during your 30’s a large amount is unlike to be necessary.   Start slow, as you age you will require more, more regularly.  You may want to consider boosting collagen with dermal needling or platelet rich plasma.  


If you put down the firm roots of good habits in your 20’s and 30’s you can look great now and continue to do so as time passes.


If you would like to discuss skin care further please contact our office on 9387 2110 or via email on info@naveensomia.com.au


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Please note:  All procedures carry risk and results vary for each patient.   The above information does not replace a consultation with a plastic surgeon.   



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Dr Naveen Somia MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Written by Dr Naveen Somia MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Dr. Naveen Somia is a Sydney Plastic Surgeon who listens to his patients, understands their problems and works alongside them to help achieve their aesthetic goals by applying his skills and years of experience in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. A published author on Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Naveen’s blog is aimed at helping you make the right choices and stay safe in your quest to look your personal best.