Here’s some news young ladies. Just because you are in your 20’s does not mean your skin is safe from the ravages of time.While it may not be visible, by the time you hit your 25th year your skin’s natural aging process gets takes on little speed. The signs of decline start to show up there after. This is called microageing.

What happens in microageing?

Micro-aging is when you start to notice the first signs of ageing when the skin starts to thin, and gets drier. The collagen structure starts to weaken and there is water loss from the skin’s surface. You also start noticing our pores – that is they get enlarged. In fact, you find your skin acting up. It may even experience a see saw effect – getting dry on some days and getting oily on others. Skin also starts to lose its natural lustre.

Why does this happen?

Our mothers had it better. Their skin was definitely showed signs of aging much later than what we do today. That was because of the cleaner, less polluted and less stressed lifestyle they led. Our skin is exposed to more skin stressors than their generation. Whether it is pollution, smoke, alcohol, UV rays, the exposure is as bad as it can get. These impact the skin on two levels – first weakens the skin’s natural barrier, and second starts depleting the collagen structure.

How do you deal with micro-ageing?

Your main goal should be preserve and protect your skin. You have to ensure that your skin is never dehydrated. The natural building blocks which are supported by essential fatty acid are sustained with the right care.

  1. Keep your skin healthy by taking in fruits and vegetables along with foods that have essential fatty acids like ghee, nuts, fish, and healthy oils.
  2. Keep skin hydrated at all times. Drink enough water and use moisturizing products on your skin.
  3. Creamy cleansers should be your first step to keep the skin clean. It should be non-drying. A good cleanser will never leave your skin feeling taut after washing off.
  4. Avoid a toner, instead use a serum. Serums have higher concentration of skin saving actives. Use a vitamin C infused product to fight sun damage on the skin.
  5. Use a moisturizer without fail. If your skin is oily, then use a gel-based moisturizer to maintain the hydration barrier.
  6. Sunscreen is a must over your moisturizer. You can also use a sunscreen-based moisturizer.
  7. Use a gentle scrub once a week to remove the skin-dulling dead skin layer.
  8. You can also opt for a weekly hydrating mask to tone up the skin, and minimize enlarged pores.
  9. Night time moisturisation is a must too. At night your skin actually repairs itself, so help with that by using moisturizer with cell rejuvenators.

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