Premature ageing: lines & wrinkles

WHO ages prematurely?

A crease here, a wrinkle there, and gradually – a lifetime of laughing, frowning and kissing is written all over your face. If you look older than you feel and are considering anti-ageing treatments, we are here to help.

What is Premature Ageing?

Although every cell in your body is destined to die eventually, we can certainly slow down premature ageing and take charge of our skin. Premature ageing occurs when skin cells age faster than chronologically programmed due to sun exposure, pollution and harsh skincare.

What causes Premature Ageing?

There are two types of ageing; one we can control (yay!)  and the other we can’t.

Intrinsic ageing (internal)
Your DNA determines natural, intrinsic ageing, whether we like it or not. During your younger years, your skin is in a constant state of renewal. Breaking down and replacing worn-out collagen with skin-plumping new collagen protein continuously.

But from our mid-twenties, this cellular renewal slows down: the old collagen protein is broken down faster than the new collagen is produced, and signs of ageing appear on the face, such as lines, wrinkles and folds.

Extrinsic ageing (external)
The good news is that approximately only 20% of skin ageing is determined by DNA – so 80% is within your control! We just need to protect your precious collagen as much as possible from external factors.


Before slowing down premature ageing, we need to determine your triggers:

  • UV damage
  • Nutrient-deficient diet
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Pollution: indoor & outdoor
  • Harsh treatments/products: aggressive exfoliation, peels, retinol
  • Dehydrated skin: fine lines are more obvious on thirsty skin.

How corneotherapists treat premature ageing, lines & wrinkles?

At Tej & Co, our long-term approach addresses the root cause of premature ageing as well as the symptoms. Our treatments preserve and stimulate collagen without disrupting your skin barrier, and we look at your skin three-dimensionally to stop fine lines from turning into deep folds. For example, when you arrive, we will clock how you move your facial muscles – after all, your muscles hold up the face!

Bespoke Skincare

Unlike over-the-counter (OTC) skincare products, Dermaviduals doesn’t claim to magically reverse the ageing process, but it knows what the skin needs and won’t let it age prematurely! It is free from synthetic irritants such as perfume, dyes and harsh preservatives, which are detrimental to the skin barrier and accelerate ageing with continual low-level inflammation called ‘skinflammaging’. Instead, it feeds your skin cells all the precious nutrients needed for a glowing complexion.

Bespoke Facial

We specialise in non-invasive, collagen-stimulating treatments that slow down and even reverse the ageing process without damaging the barrier.

At Tej & Co, our bespoke facials combine proven technologies such as LED, microneedling, radio frequency,  electrical currents (sonophoresis and iontophoresis), laser rejuvenation and microcurrent to minimise the appearance of open pores, fine lines and pigmentation for smoother, brighter, younger-looking skin. (However, we don’t offer advanced treatments such as laser skin rejuvenation and microneedling without a prior assessment to ensure your skin is suitable with a strong, healthy skin barrier).


Let’s improve your skin health before taking the plunge with injections or surgery. A course of collagen-stimulating treatments can delay the need for surgery,  and once clients see the results, they often forget about more invasive options.

Although a course of treatments is recommended to prevent and reverse premature ageing, a one-off treatment can identify your triggers and give your skin a fabulous glow before your big event.

Sun damage has much to answer for – it’s the main cause of premature ageing and should be renamed ‘daylight’ damage. UV rays reduce collagen and elastin levels, causing skin to sag and wrinkle prematurely; dark spots on the face make the complexion look dull and muddy. Everyone looks better with a tan – so fake it!

If your skin looks red and irritable, we might ask if you are a sugar addict. How can something that tastes so sweet act so cruelly? Sugar sticks to your collagen fibres and makes them brittle instead of plump (a process called glycation). Imagine it like dried sugar around a jam jar. Instead, your body needs pro-inflammatory foods such as fruit and vegetables, omega-rich nuts, seeds, and fish to calm your gut and skin.

Stress is written all over the face: frown lines, dark circles from lack of sleep, and dullness. Your body produces the hormone cortisol in response to stress, which inflames the body, especially the skin. It also stimulates your oil glands – leading to a cruel double whammy of spots and wrinkles.

Ignore the marketing hype – collagen is a large molecule that can’t penetrate your skin barrier. Instead of chasing collagen with harsh retinol and acids, we recommend non-invasive treatments to stimulate your own natural collagen without damaging your skin barrier with our LED light therapy and Radio Frequency treatments.


Book a skin consultation at Tej & Co so we can decipher your triggers before devising your bespoke age-management plan. No one should age before their time.