Do you feel you have started looking older than your actual age? If yes, then did you know, our skin starts ageing in the 20s, and if you do not take proper care of your skin, it can speed up the skin’s ageing process? Yes! You heard that right. External factors such as stress, pollutants, and even weather change can adversely affect your skin, making it look dull and more aged than you actually are. What do you think your favourite celebrity does to stay youthful? Along with taking a proper diet, they make sure to take care of their skin.
So, what are you missing or to be exact which skincare mistakes are you making that are causing your skin to age faster?
Mistake No. 1: Not Wearing Sunscreen
We all know that going out in the sun means getting a tan, but what most of us don’t know is that UVA rays from the sun are also responsible for speeding up the ageing process. It can penetrate clouds and glass, and even reach the second layer of your skin, damaging the collagen fibers that are responsible for providing firmness and structure to your skin. So, even if you are sitting inside your house or office, UVA rays are reaching you and damaging your skin. This is why, you should not skip sunscreen and apply sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF. In case, you have sensitive skin and fear that using sunscreen will block your pores and cause breakouts, consider using AGE Sunscreen which is made of natural ingredients, so it is very gentle in the skin and suitable for all skin types. It is a zinc-based physical sunscreen that does not leave any white cast after application.
Mistake No. 2: Going to Bed Without Washing Your Face
After a long day of exposure to pollutants, UV rays, makeup, accumulated dirt, and other impurities, cleansing your face before bed can significantly impact your skin's health. When you skip this step, you allow these impurities to stay on your skin surface, which can clog pores and lead to inflammation. Over time, this can result in an uneven complexion, breakouts, and even fine lines. Additionally, leaving impurities on your skin overnight can disturb the skin's natural renewal process, causing it to lose its youthful glow. The buildup of pollutants and impurities can also weaken the skin's collagen and elastin, which are essential for maintaining firmness and elasticity in the skin, thus accelerating the ageing process.
Mistake No. 3: Not Moisturizing Your Skin
Moisturization is like a shield that protects your skin from environmental stressors and helps maintain its hydration levels. Neglecting to moisturize leaves your skin vulnerable to dryness, which can make fine lines and wrinkles more prominent. Dry skin is also more prone to irritation and inflammation, further contributing to the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers. As these support structures get weakened, your skin starts losing its firmness, resulting in sagging and dullness. Using a good moisturiser can help lock in hydration and creates a moisture barrier, giving your skin a plumper and more youthful appearance.
Mistake No. 4: Not Incorporating Serums in Your Night Skincare Regime
Nighttime is a crucial period for skin repair and rejuvenation, and using targeted serums can enhance this process. Serums are formulated with potent active ingredients like Retinol that can help reverse and repair the day's damage, while addressing specific concerns like fine lines, uneven tone, and loss of firmness. By neglecting to incorporate serums into your nighttime routine, you miss out on the chance to provide your skin with the extra nourishment it needs during the repair process.
Mistake No. 5: Not Scrubbing Your Face
Exfoliation can help to remove dead skin cells, promote the regeneration of healthy skin cells and give a smoother complexion. When you don’t exfoliate, dead skin cells accumulate on the surface, causing your skin to appear dull and lackluster. Moreover, the layer of dead skin cells can make fine lines and wrinkles look more prominent, making your skin look older than it actually is. Gently exfoliating can help reveal fresh, radiant skin while giving your skin a healthy natural glow
These are just a few. Dehydration, improper sleep cycle, poor diet choices, and even high-stress levels can contribute to speeding the ageing process. This means you need to take care of your body as well as your skin. You wouldn’t want to look older than your age now. Would you? So, if you have been lazing out in taking care of yourself and your skin, the right time to start is NOW.
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