Aging skin

Skin ageing is influenced by several factors including genetics, environmental exposure (UV radiation and mechanical stress), hormonal changes and metabolic processes. All factors together act on the alterations of skin structure, function, and appearance.

Yet solar UV radiation unquestionably is the single major factor responsible for skin ageing.
This specific damage occurs by chronic (multiple) exposure of the skin to UV light. Clinically, the skin becomes coarse; epidermis thickens (hyperplasia) initially and then thins (atrophy), there is laxity, sallowness with wrinkles. 

The pores of the skin become larger, filled with horny material and have a tendency to develop cysts and comedones.  To date only one vehicle-controlled clinical study has been undertaken to evaluate the use of topical tretinoin for the treatment of chronologically aged skin.

In the battle against skin ageing, there are so-called 'miracle' ingredients - Retinoids that are the best solutions to fight undesirable skin changes.
The retinoid family comprises vitamin A and its natural derivatives. Vitamin A cannot be synthesised by the body; hence it needs to be supplied to the body. 

Natural and synthetic retinoids provide significant histological and clinical improvement. Amongst the retinoids, tretinoin is the most potent. 

Kligman and colleagues (1984) Retinoic Acide treated mouse (front) and an untreated mouse (back).

The efficacy of tretinoin in the treatment of photoaging was first demonstrated by Kligman and colleagues (1984). The authors observed that treatment of photoaged mouse skin with tretinoin for 10 weeks resulted in a significant repair zone of new collagen in the papillary dermis, which also correlated with wrinkle effacement.

Long-term studies on tretinoin on human skin were carried out as short-term studies showed that the skin condition continued to improve in appearance over time.

These studies demonstrated remarkable changes in aged skin after only 6 months of low strength tretinoin treatment. However,  just 4 to 6 week treatment with high strength tretinoin resulted in improvement in fine wrinkling, mottled hyperpigmentation, elasticity, hydration, angiogenesis, and new collagen deposition. 


Retinoids: Wonder Products

The retinoid family: tretinoin, retinol, retinaldehyde — a class of synthetic and naturally occurring Vitamin A compounds and derivatives. 


Tretinoin was originally developed as an acne treatment in the 1960s.


Retinoids produce significant changes in epidermal and dermal skin cells and tissues. Users not only see a real improvement in their acne, but also with fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and roughness.

Select the strength according to your individual needs. Acne usually requires at least Tretinoin 0.025%


Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)

As we age, the skin naturally tends to show more signs of photoaging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. One of the ways the skin can help keep itself renewed and healthy-looking is with antioxidants like Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid). Vitamin C helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, which results in more youthful-looking skin.


Vitamin C also keeps skin hydrated by enhancing moisture content. Adding Vitamin C serum to a daily moisturiser will help skin stay fresh-looking and moisturised.


Topically, L-Ascorbic Acid comes in concentrations of 10%, 15%, and 20%. Apply a few drops of the serum to the face, neck, and chest every morning before your moisturiser and sunscreen.

Select the strength according to your individual needs


Bi-Mineral Contour Complex™ 

ELASTIderm® products with patented Bi-Mineral Contour Complex™  (two minerals, zinc and copper peptides, with malonate) supports skin elasticity so it can bounce back from the signs of aging, resulting in firmer-looking, more resilient skin.

Ingredients are suspended with FlexFluid™ technology, creating a soft, elegant and lightweight product experience that increases signs of skin elasticity in just 24 hours.

Select the strength according to your individual needs


Sun Protection

Solar UV radiation unquestionably is the single major factor responsible for skin ageing.

This specific damage occurs by chronic (multiple) exposure of the skin to UV light. Clinically, the skin becomes coarse; epidermis thickens (hyperplasia) initially and then thins (atrophy), there is laxity, sallowness with wrinkles, and irregular hyperpigmentation. 

More profound changes occur in the dermis, where photodamage is characterised by degeneration of collagen and deposition of abnormal elastotic material, reflected by wrinkles, furrows, and yellow discolouration of the skin. 

The microcirculation is also affected by sun exposure. Blood vessels become dilated and twisted, causing broken capillaries, permanent redness, and rosacea.

Sun protection is the most important step to take in fighting skin aging, especially when using Retinoids