Why Millennials will age better than the other generations!

Millennials, they have their phones in their hands and the world at their feet! They are also in the awesome position of “ageing” at a time when anti-ageing and preventative treatments are the norm, meaning they are destined to age much better than their parents.

Here are the top 3 reasons why this age group will likely remain youthful well into their 50’s:

No-Sun Tanning
I am Gen X and I’ll admit, as a teenager I could have sun-baked professionally.  My girlfriends and I would catch the 8am bus to Soldiers Beach and return on the 5pm – we really were that dedicated to the beach life (or as the millennials would say #BEACHLIFE)!  Sure, we applied lotion, just not sun lotion. Instead, we covered our bodies in oil (for that extra crispy look!).  By our 20s, we’d figured out that the sun was bad, BUT tanned skin was still very much in fashion and there was no way we’d consider “tan in a can” (it simply wasn’t cool back then), so we continued to worship the sun (hello pigment in my 30’s!).

Millennials, on the other hand, are lucky for 2 reasons.  They know the sun causes pre-mature ageing (they have been forced to wear hats at school since kindergarten) AND they live in an age where fake tan is not only accepted but encouraged.

Social Media
The pursuit of the perfect selfie has made Millennials hyper-aware of how they look.  Kimmy K once said she takes 300 photos before she settles on the perfect one. While the average person might not like to admit they too take a ridiculous number of photos, sneak a look at their deleted photos album and it might reveal otherwise. Young people are analysing their every flaw, and they want it fixed!  In fact, in a recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, doctors reported a 31% increase in patients seeking to improve their appearance based on how they want to present themselves on social media.  Which brings me to my next point…

It’s OK to tweak your appearance
One amazing thing the younger generation has going for it, is that their peers will JOIN them, not JUDGE them! My 50-something clients are still hiding the fact that they have treatment from their closest friends and family, while my 20-somethings are snap-chatting the whole visit! It’s ok to have a few jabs these days, and because prevention is always better than cure, millennials have the luxury of preventing the wrinkles from forming in the first place.


5 reasons why you should have Laser Hair Removal in winter!

5 reasons why you should have Laser Hair Removal in winter!
Winter is almost upon us.  It’s cold, and the last thing you want to do is strip off the layers and spend half an hour semi-naked on our treatment bed.

But here’s 5 reasons why your summer self will thank you for it.

  1. It takes around 6 months to complete a session of treatments for permanent removal.  That means by November you can wear singlets, short shorts and bikinis without even owning a razor, much less worrying about if you shaved that morning!
  2. Laser hair removal may leave your legs a little red or blotchy for a day or two – this is much easier to cover when you’re your wearing long pants.
  3. Tan reason # 1 – We can’t treat you if you have recently been exposed to too much sun OR if you’re about to head to the beach (no risk of laying by the pool during a Tamworth winter!!).
  4. Tan reason # 2 – We also can’t treat you if you have been fake tanning.  We tend to worry less about a bronzed body when we’re coving it up every day, making winter the perfect opportunity to laser (sans tan).
  5. Why Not!? It’s relatively painless (so much better than waxing!), its quick, affordable and permanent.  Don’t procrastinate, just get it done and be ready to flaunt the results when the weather warms up.

At KGA we use the Gentle Max Pro.  It is the gold standard in laser hair removal.  It is safe and effective on ALL skin types.  It is the only laser of this calibre in Tamworth.  You will be treated by fully qualified and certified technicians under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.

So what are you waiting for?

There’s no such thing as a miracle elixir

Currently, the anti-ageing market is estimated to be worth around US$150 billion. With this sort of money up for grabs it’s no wonder every man and his dog wants a piece of the pie. Sadly, what the ageing population, desperate to hold on to their looks while simultaneously needing to age “gracefully'” forget, is that ageing is a biological process. Therefore, unless you look at anti-ageing and preventative treatments scientifically, you’re wasting your money!

Every time I see the latest miracle cure for ageing, whether it be an exotic fruit from deep in the amazon jungle; or a cream as generic as Sorbolene, but served up in some ridiculously gimmicky packaging (I recently saw a moisturizer packaged in a syringe that you take home and fake-inject, claiming it will work like a dermal filler!); I cringe and want to warn the world not to fall for such absurdity. It actually reminds me of those old-school travelling medicine shows where lotions and potions were peddled by poorly educated “doctors”. “Miracle elixirs” were promoted as the cure for any disease! including smoothing wrinkles! Yes, even back in the 19th century, when we weren’t even living long enough to age that significantly, we were lining up for the promise of youth. Here’s a tip for the people of the 1800 if your “doctor” arrives with a traveling freak-show, question his reputability!!

Thankfully, here in 2016 we know a little more. So here’s my tip for the people of today – choose science, not marketing! Today we know without a shadow of doubt what ages us in the first place, so this is not rocket-science, just standard science.

So what does age our skin and what should we do? Obviously the way in which we age is dictated by time itself and genetics. As a result, we are never going to be able to completely stop or reverse the effects of chronological ageing on our skin. There are, however, a few things we can do to ensure our skin looks amazing well into middle (and old) age.

Firstly, start by avoiding the 3 most damaging things to our skin:

  1. The sun – mitigating this couldn’t be easier, wear sunscreen every day! Done.
  2. Smoking – if number 1 is easy, then this is a no-brainer – don’t smoke! Der.
  3. Alcohol and Sugar – Ok, so even I’m guilty of indulging here from time to time, but the key is MODERATION (and lots of water in between drinks!).

Secondly, and importantly – stop wasting money on skincare that has a pretty bottle but no scientific merit. If, after the age of about 30, your skin care is not medical-grade and scientifically formulated to have an impact at a cellular level, you may as well be using the no-name moisturiser you find at Coles. We all need an at-home regime that includes crucial ingredients like Vitamin A and C, that also helps to accelerate the cell-cycle. The cell-cycle slows dramatically with age, so anything that speeds this up helps to keep the skin looking radiant! Your cosmetic physician should be able to assess your skin, determine what products are best for your individual needs and explain the science behind why these products will work. Don’t be afraid to ask!and if you’re not seeing results, tell them and ask why – because science doesn’t lie.