We’re all aware of ageing and the effects it can have on one’s body (read: droopy eyes, sagging skin and thinning hair). Although many would like to freeze time, the process of ageing cannot be stopped. So it may shock you to know that there’s another process damaging our skin which we’re doing nothing about even though its very preventable. It’s called photoaging and today, we’re telling you more about it and the necessary skin care tips to keep it at bay…
 

What is photoaging?

What is photoaging?

Photoaging occurs when your skin begins to age prematurely due to UV ray exposure. Simply put, constant exposure to the sun negatively impacts one’s skin and leaves it looking older than one’s real age. Derived from the Greek word for light i.e. ‘phos’, in literal terms it translates to ageing caused by light.

 

How does photoaging fare versus chronological ageing?

How does photoaging fare versus chronological ageing?

For centuries, people believed that only ageing could make skin look older than its actual age. That was proved wrong once the effects of photoaging were discovered. When UV radiation reaches far too deep into the dermis and epidermis of the skin, cells are destroyed. The remaining cells, whose structure has been impaired by the rays to the extent that they cannot be repaired by the body, show up as signs of photoaging. While chronological ageing takes place over the course of time with genetics in play, photoaging (which could begin as early as one’s teen years) can be prevented with the right skin care habits.

What are the signs of photoaging?

Most commonly, photoaging is seen in the form of fine wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, leathery rough skin, lost fullness in the lips, age spots on the face and easily bruised skin.

 

How can you prevent photoaging?

How can you prevent photoaging?

Fortunately, unlike chronological ageing, photoaging can be stopped in its tracks with the right skin care prevention habits. When exposed to the sun, cover up with sunglasses, scarves and hats to cut off as much UV radiation as possible.

When it comes to your skin, always step outside with SPF protection for which, you should pick the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Day Crème. The cream protects the skin with SPF 20 PA++ while moisturising it, making it a skin care essential this season. Over exposed parts of your body, slather the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening UV Lotion. While it’s precious Micro-crystals banish away dullness, its SPF 50 PA++ will shield your skin from UV exposure.

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