Health & Beauty

Trend: Pro-Aging + How To Age Your Way

February 21, 2024

Aging is inevitable; that’s where aging positive / pro-aging comes in. It’s not about chasing youth but feeling empowered, confident and healthy in the skin you are in. 

But what are the signs of aging, and how should they be handled?

In adolescence, our skin is in its prime—no visible pores, no dehydration and untouched by sun or stress damage. But, like the rest of our organs, our skin (which happens to be the largest one) eventually begins the biological process we call aging.

The secret is an approach called positive aging or aging gracefully. It’s not about chasing youth but feeling empowered, confident and healthy in the skin you are in.

Dr. Sonya Abdulla from DLK on Avenue in Toronto shares how to honour your timeless beauty and empower you through every year of your life, giving you agency over aging through a 360 approach. These interventions will nurture your skin health and overall well-being while boosting your confidence. —Vita Daily

Your 20s-30s: Pre-Rejuvenation

The goal in this stage is to preserve the beauty of your expressions. Being proactive is critical, so use preventive measures to prepare for future reparative goals. By developing an easy-to-follow skincare routine with low-maintenance treatments, you can effectively address early fine lines and prevent changes in collagen production.

Consider trying:

  • Appropriate Skincare Routine: Following your personalized consultation with our experts, find the skincare routine that’s right for you and will make your skin happy and healthy. Sunscreen is especially crucial. Additional ingredients including vitamin C and hyaluronic acid are simple but high yield additions to your routine. Retinol and AHAs can be added to address early signs of hyperpigmentation and fine lines.
  • Wrinkle Relaxers: Prevent the formation of wrinkles while maintaining your expressions with the powerful help of neuromodulators.
  • Gentle Skin Resurfacing: With natural collagen production declining in this age group, this treatment plan boosts skin collagen levels to improve skin radiance and fine lines.

Your 40s-50s: Modern Maintenance

The goal in this stage is prevention and correction. In your 40s and 50s, your skin loses some elasticity and firmness, making it look less hydrated and plump. Fine lines and wrinkles become more prominent; age spots and uneven skin tone begin to appear.

Consider trying:

  • Wrinkle Relaxers –these treatments take down the intensity of muscle contractions to take the strain off the skin and improve lines wanting to etch into the skin.
  • Dermal Fillers – consider dermal fillers to address early signs of volume loss in the under eye, mid face and jawline for subtle replenishment and contouring.
  • Skin Resurfacing – these are used to accelerate cell turnover, improve fine or more intense lines and treat sun damage for an overall more uniform and radiant complexion.
  • Skin Tightening – can be used to address lax skin in the brow and eye areas as well as  improve the contour of the jawline and neck.

Your 60s: Advanced Approach

In this stage, the aim is to age gracefully. Celebrate the richness of your journey and adjust your treatment plan to support your skin’s resilience. Here, we focus on restoring volume loss, tightening skin, and improving uneven tone and texture.

Consider combining the following:

  • Dermal Fillers – here we address more pronounced volume loss and leverage their regenerative qualities to improve skin quality and texture of the face, neck and décolletage.
  • Neuromodulators – wrinkle relaxers continue to play a role in improving lines from muscle movement and also to leverage their lifting effect in key areas
  • Skin Resurfacing – here lasers offer one of few options for lines that have become etched into the skin and offer overall improvement in complexion and sun damage
  • Skin Tightening – this is a key treatment to improve the skin’s resilience and include as part of your maintenance treatment for skin laxity in the upper and lower face as well as the neck.

Most importantly—it’s all about aging your way. You are never too young or too old to feel your best. Positive aging can come through prevention, routine, or rejuvenation. The best outcomes come from combining these three approaches, regardless of age and developing a treatment plan that best suits your needs and lifestyle.

Dr. Sonya Abdulla, M.D., F.R.C.P.C, F.A.A.D., is a board-certified dermatologist at DLK on Avenue and thought-leader in the industry of Aesthetic Medicine. She is recognized for the natural results she achieves for her patients by developing holistic yet customized treatment plans to address specific concerns. With a passion for prejuvenation and regenerative medicine, Dr. Abdulla’s goal is to maximize your results and minimize your recovery time, so you can return to your busy lifestyle feeling even more confident and beautiful.


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