Can you (really) turn back time?

Looking younger is getting easier, thanks to scientific developments and the latest in beauty treatments. 

As we move through life, many women (and men) are seeking out the fountain of youth. We’re living longer, and in a success-driven culture, no one can be blamed for wanting to look (and feel) their best.

Director of Crown Spas Emma McGrady says achieving a younger-looking appearance is becoming increasingly less drastic than it used to be – and it’s not just about the face, either.

“Ultimately we all want to achieve youthfulness, and that is the overarching motivation for all anti-ageing procedures,” she says. “However, ageing gracefully is crucial and this is about achieving a balanced approach to skincare and wellness.

“The overall balance of looking after the entire body on a physical and emotional level affects how we look. Full body exfoliations, firming and lifting massages and detoxification wraps are all great anti-ageing body treatments.”

First, do no harm

As you get older, the signs of ageing show up on your skin in the form of sagging and wrinkles, which happen because older skin produces less elastin and collagen, and becomes thinner. Skin thinness itself is due to a slower rate of cell production thinning the upper layer of the skin, resulting in a crepe-like appearance. Age spots, too, form when pigment cells increase in number and cluster in certain areas.  

To minimise the damage, McGrady advocates starting an anti-ageing regimen in your twenties – but if you’ve already overshot that deadline, prevention is still your best defence, no matter your age.

“The most harmful damage to your skin is sun damage and this cannot be reversed,” McGrady says.

To protect against UV light’s ageing and cancer-causing properties, the Australasian College of Dermatologists recommends wearing tightly woven longer-sleeved clothing, broad-brimmed hats, sunglasses and avoiding sun exposure during the middle of the day. Wearing broad spectrum sunscreen and reapplying it every two hours is important, too.

Then, invest in your goal

There’s no shortage of anti-ageing treatments available, from lotions you can buy off the shelf to specialist treatments including collagen injections, facial peels, Botox and laser resurfacing.

The most popular anti-ageing face treatment at Crown Spa is the Caviar Lift Experience – a 90-minute luxury treatment involving three different caviar-based applications. It can result in firmer skin with a youthful, radiant tone and texture.

“The continued research into a masterpiece product – the Caviar Luxe range – has resulted in powerful innovation where caviar’s whole potential is harnessed for the first time, pushing the boundaries of performance,” she says.

What’s next?

In the future, we could be wearing a ‘second skin’ to make ourselves look younger. Yes, seriously. Scientists in the US have developed a silicone-based, polymer film skin that covers eye bags and wrinkles, giving skin a smoother and more youthful appearance. It’s applied with two creams that harden into a film, which can be peeled off 24 hours later.

In other promising developments, an injection that triggers the body to create youthful-looking skin cells could be on the way. Researchers have focused on natural fat cells called adiopocytes, which decrease as we age, leading to wrinkles, and also fall away when skin is scarred. By adding a molecule, scientists discovered they can make skin cells turn into adiopocytes, resulting in skin that is smooth and scar-free. They hope to transform this process into an injection, similar to Botox, which will also be used to assist in treating scars.

Neither is available yet, but there are plenty of other cutting-edge treatments available to help you push back the hands of time. McGrady is looking forward to seeing what new treatments will soon be available as a result of scientific developments. 

“The industry will continue to strive in technological advancement to drive research and improve performance of equipment, products, ingredients and in the way people can access knowledge. This means we’ll be able to deliver our guests with forward-thinking treatment innovations.”

Can you (really) turn back time?