Joey Tribbiani once said: Why, god, why? We had a deal. Let the others grow old- not me! Inevitable but mostly unwelcomed, the saga of ageing in our lives! Every year, the wrinkle scare gets more real, and we run straight to the internet or our dermats to find the best way to curb it or at least delay it till we’re mentally prepared. While ageing is a natural process that we have to make our peace with eventually, what’s absolutely baffling is premature ageing that starts lurking around in our late 20s and early 30s. If you are worried too, here are some causes and solutions to help us understand and curb premature ageing.
01. What are the causes and characteristics of premature ageing?
Premature ageing is identified with the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation, loss of skin elasticity and vitality. As we age, the loss of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin causes the skin’s extracellular matrix (that acts as the skin’s glue) to weaken. And we are ageing faster than ever before owing to the excessive pollution, stress, unhealthy diets or contaminated foods and blue light from our screens.
02. Increased awareness in people about ageing
Until about ten years ago, people considered visiting their dermats or aestheticians for anti ageing procedures only when they hit their 40s or 50s. Now people in their late twenties and above actively seek anti-ageing treatments and solutions. This is mainly because of lifestyle changes and increased awareness and consciousness about facts such as collagen decrease from the age of 25.
03. Anti-ageing therapies
Anti-ageing therapies such as skin rejuvenation procedures, laser skin resurfacing, advanced exfoliation procedures and hyaluronic acid-based injectables like Profhilo are some skincare procedures that recharge lost connective elements and are a significant way to prevent ageing.
04. Anti-ageing products
Alongside anti-ageing therapies, it is essential to adopt a CTM routine and actively use sunscreen daily and reapply every 2-3 hours. It is also suggested to start using anti-ageing skincare such as Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum Brightening Vitamin C Serum that brightens, firms and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Enriched with ultra-stable Vitamin C technology, it fights oxidative stress and ageing before it starts.
Internally, it's essential to drink sufficient water and follow an antioxidant-rich diet to curb the signs of ageing further.