With the passage of time, our skin will inevitably begin to show tell-tale signs of aging. This will manifest in the form of visible lines, wrinkles or sagging. Fortunately there are anti-aging products available to help.

Nobody is immune from the aging process, and it’s perfectly natural for our faces to lose some of their youthful glow. However, there are some ways you can help fight against the signs of aging.

TerryWhite Chemmart is here to help you every step of the way.

Signs of aging

There are several physical clues that your skin is beginning to age, including:

Facial lines. A primary sign of aging is when your face starts to show visible lines. This can include crows’ feet (wrinkles that form at the corners of your eyes when you smile), laugh lines (creases that run between your nose and the corners of your mouth), or frown wrinkles (or ‘brow furrows’, these lines appear on your forehead).

Age spots. Age spots is the term for small, discoloured patches of skin which often cluster together as small dots. They can initially look like freckles.

Loss of elasticity. Over time your skin can start to become less firm, and sag at specific places, particularly around the cheeks/chin and underneath the eyes.

Drooping eyelids. The fact that the skin covering our eyes is extremely thin means it can become loose very easily and makes the entire eye area look older.

Your TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist can help

Skincare was a key focus at our industry-leading pharmacist training event, Masterclass 2018. This event drew over 400 TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacists, so when you come into one of our pharmacies, you know you’ll be talking to a frontline health professional who can give you expert advice on the best way to stave off some of the more drastic effects of aging.

What’s more, TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacies stock an enormous range of skincare products to help you embrace your increasing age with dignity. We’ll help you find a product to maintain your skin’s integrity as long as possible, whatever factor/s may be causing it to age (aside from time – we can’t do anything about that, sorry!).

Manageable causes of aging

The cause Effects The solution
Sun exposure Did you know tanning is actually a sign of sun-damaged skin? It’s caused by ultraviolet rays penetrating and damaging our skin, especially around the hands and face. Ensure you wear sunscreen with a high SPF rating whenever you will be outdoors, exposed to the sun.
Diet An unbalanced diet, particularly one high in sugar and/or alcohol can dehydrate our skin, accelerating aging. Good advice for most health conditions, eat a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and remember to stay hydrated.
Smoking Smoking can cause our complexion to become dull and, like a poor diet, accelerate the aging process. Cut down or quit smoking entirely – talk to your TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist about the smoking cessation treatments we have available.
Maintenance Completely neglecting our skin, especially after perspiring or by leaving makeup applied, can irritate skin and contribute to its premature aging. Cleanse your skin daily by washing gently, applying moisturiser at least once a day and try different anti-aging skincare products/regimes to see which suits you best.
Exercise Stress can cause the release of the cortisol hormone, which in large quantities can block our pores. Exercise is a great reliever of stress and can regulate our bodies’ cortisol production. If you think you could be more active, try and get more exercise than you currently are – the increased circulation can also boost your immune system and help your skin glow.
Sleep Sleeping face down for hours every night can put pressure on our skin and contribute to the formation of facial lines. Get at least 6 hours of sleep each night (but ideally more), sleep on your back and use sheets/covers that reduce the amount of friction on your skin.

General advice only – this information should not replace the information provided to you by your health care professional. If symptoms are severe or persist, please speak to your health care professional. Information current as of date of publishing.

Always check with your pharmacist or medical professional before starting any new medications or supplements, particularly if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, are taking any medications currently, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or researching therapies suitable for infants or children.