Facial recognition has to be one of the fastest growing areas in the technology industry. No longer reserved for the secret services and spy thrillers, facial recognition now plays a big part in our daily lives. It can identify friends in our digital photos, lets us open our apps and even helps us through passport control.
At the end of the day though, this futuristic technology relies on an age old fact – that every member of the human race is unique. Our faces are ours alone and they represent us to the world, cyber or real.
For something so personal it can be uncomfortable seeing changes to our faces, particularly those caused by the passage of time. So what can we do when we don’t like what we see in the mirror quite as much anymore?
Healthy skin has abundant supplies of collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycans. Between them, these components keep our skin firm, elastic, hydrated and happy. From the age of just 20 years though, our bodies begin producing less of these elements with the eventual results of thinner, more fragile skin and wrinkles. This intrinsic ageing is only part of the problem though.
Surprisingly our lifestyles can cause far more damage to our skin. The things that we do every day can compound the loss of collagen and the other vital components, leaving our skin extrinsically aged with deeper wrinkles, uneven tone and brown patches.
Though nothing can yet be done to stop us getting older, there are some practical solutions to help us avoid extrinsic ageing.
The sun has an ageing effect on our skin, so always use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and both UVA and UVB protection – including on those winter skiing holidays. Regularly exfoliating can help us take care of our skin too. Removing the top, dead layer of our skin stimulates all important collagen production, leaving our skin looking firm and healthy.
What we eat is also an important factor in preventing ageing. Salmon and mackerel are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids which are fantastic at keeping our skin supple and hydrated. Avocados also prove their super-food status when it comes to the skin. They are high in vitamins E and C which help protect against damage and encourage collagen production. Sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, broccoli and tomatoes are all ideal skin foods.
If you’re already unhappy with your skin, it’s not too late to start saving it. I offer a range of treatments to kick-start your wrinkle rebellion. The brilliant retinoic acid facial peel from Mask Professional is a quick, simple, non-invasive and pain free option can be used to treat fine lines, wrinkles and photo-ageing. For targeted skin tightening, radio frequency uses energy to penetrate skin layers and accelerate collagen and elastin production, resulting in a smoother, healthier and of course younger looking skin.
Finally if you prefer a treatment you can apply yourself, I offer the Juvilis range of absorbable fillers which deliver the type of results previously only available through an injectable.