Seeing Skin in Stages

Suzie has been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald about treatment options at different times of our lives, read more about what expert advise she gives Journalist Nalita Ferraz….

The way to better skin at any age
Healthy skin is beautiful skin, so it’s vital to get expert advice and treatment to address conditions that affect all of us at different times of our lives.
Acne, pigmentation, wrinkles, laxity, volume loss.
These are skin conditions that affect all of us at different times of our lives.
But good skin care should start as early as our 20s to minimise the damage that really starts to hit in our 40s.
So what’s the right solution for your age?

20s
Breakouts can be a pain for young men and women even into our 20s.
That was certainly the case for Suzie Hoitink, who started her Clear Complexions clinics from a need to address her own acne and pigmentation problems.

For clients of this age Hoitink recommends the acne treatment Isolaz, and also uses peels, HydraFacials, and Omnilux Medical, an LED treatment that stimulates the skin’s own renewal process.

By our late 20s, women especially start to notice the first signs of ageing, and want to take a more proactive approach to skincare, says Hoitink, who now has six clinics across Sydney and Canberra offering 17 different types of treatments from peels to skin tightening and fractionated lasers.

“I wish I could get every client I’ve ever had in their 20s because if I’d seen them in their 20s our conversations in their 40s would be completely different to what they are,” she said.

30s
The most common skin issue for women in our 30s is pigmentation due to too much sun exposure, or hormonal pigmentation related to childbirth or prolonged use of the contraceptive pill.

“That can be very disfiguring and quite distressing, and it’s probably one of the hardest skin conditions to treat,” says Hoitink, adding she focuses on skin health rather than the cosmetic look.
By our mid-30s we start to see lines appearing around our eyes, so an annual Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment helps prevent “crepiness” under the eyes.
“We generally focus a lot on our frown lines and our crows’ feet but we neglect the very thin skin under our eyes and that skin is where you see the signs of ageing first.”
Botox is also a good tool to combat wrinkles at this age, and Vitamin A cream is a must.

40s
Aussies love the great outdoors, but years of sun exposure does untold damage to our skin.
In our 40s we start to experience laxity due to a loss of structural collagen and elastin.
To make matters worse, we have to contend with volume loss as well in our mid-to-late 40s.
At this point Hoitink and her team combine two treatments – the skin tightening Ultraforma 3 that stimulates the deep structural collagen and dermal fillers – to produce beautiful-looking skin.
For clients in their 40s, it’s less about repairing damage and more about focusing on the next 20 to 30 years of skincare.
“It’s very much about making sure our clients’ skin is on the right diet, so we look again at whether they’re using Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Alpha hydroxy acid, Beta hydroxy acid, and Vitamin C,” she says, adding she recommends only medical-grade skin care products.
“Then I look at what collagen and elastin and Hyaluronic acid depletion there is in the skin and how I can improve that in the short and in the long-term.
“I think healthy skin is beautiful skin,” she says, adding, “It can make you feel incredible, and incredibly confident as well.”