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A is for Ageing | Beauty Glossary ◊ A to Z | Beauty Gospel According to Tash

Updated: May 9

'I am of the nature to grow old. I cannot escape growing old.'

Thich Nhat Hanh

Yes, it sucks; we cannot escape getting old and, of course, ageing. In reality, we are all terrified of getting old, and those wrinkles, lines and sags are our mirrors and selfies' way of reminding us of this fact. So, this blog is going to talk about why our skin ages.

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It happens more or less as collagen and elastin, the two significant parts in our skin support structure, degenerate.

The major skin villains are UV light from the sun, sunbeds, and free radicals. Both cause the collagen fibres in our skin, which should be lying straight and orderly, to twist and mat so that your skin begins to sag, line and wrinkle. Sun exposure can be avoided where possible, as most of the harm is done before you are 18. So start protecting your children's skin early and educate them on the harmful effects of sun tanning, etc.

Then, from about the age of fifty, the number of elastin fibres declines significantly, accelerating the drooping, bagging, and sagging. Simultaneously, the skin becomes drier because oil production lessens, and so does the skin's ability to hold water. And of course, because ageing is so kind, the rate of cell renewal also reduces. Woo hoo, not.

So that is the fun of ageing: Your skin becomes more fragile and vulnerable to these skin bullies. But panic not! Not all damage to your skin is irreversible; you just need to give it some extra tender loving care. If you have any questions, please comment below or email me at

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Disclaimer: This blog is only intended for informational purposes. Any information associated with this blog should not be considered a substitute for prescriptions suggested by beauty, diet, and healthcare professionals. Readers are subject to use this information at your own risk. Tash Fromberg does not take any responsibility for any harm, side effects, illness, or health or skin care problems caused by the use of this content or anything related. Please always remember that products that work for me may not work for you. Always test them on a small area of skin before buying or using them if unsure.

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