Signs of ageing: What does this mean?

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I decided to write this post after becoming fed up with being told we need to fight the “signs of aging”. Skin is meant to age, just as the rest of our body does, but it seems this is not allowed.

The real trigger point was a Sunday Times Style magazine article (28th Nay 2017) called “Is your screen killing your skin?” by Claire Coleman. The first paragraph ended with “But if the prospect of a sleepless night isn’t enough to have you powering down, would the news that this type of light could also be prematurely ageing your skin have you reaching for the off button?”

My answer is “no”. I don’t use my phone because I think it makes me look younger. What does “prematurely ageing your skin” actually mean? Does it mean speeding up the onset of one or more of Oil of Olay’s seven “signs of ageing”? You can tell I think it’s just a marketing ploy.

According to Olay India’s YouTube channel (they dropped the “Oil of” ages ago”), the seven signs of aging (in 2010) were:

  • Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Patchy skin
  • Open pores
  • Dryness
  • Dullness
  • Dark sports

I remember when the adverts came out when I was a child and at the time I thought they were pushing it, especially by saying that lines and wrinkles are different things. They look the same on my face.

Interestingly, the Olay UK website now mentions a “7-in-1 formula” but the “seven signs” list that I couldn’t find there easily has perpetuated elsewhere.

My point is that I would rather you tell me what specific issue is supposedly caused by the blue light, pollution, sun etc. rather than vaguely saying that it ages my skin. I persevered with reading the article then got my answer – the blue light can cause uneven pigmentation which remains for longer than pigmentation caused by UVB rays (the light that gives you a tan). However, my interpretation of the article is that the uneven pigmentation is as a result of lifestyle that is, using screens that emit blue light.

It goes on to say that the free radicals in the blue light accelerate collagen breakdown leaving you with sagging skin and wrinkles and it can make the skin more prone to irritation. I agree that sagging skin and wrinkles are caused by the skin’s natural ageing process which can be accelerated by numerous factors. As for irritated skin, is that something I can look forward to simply as a result of getting older? I hope not. Besides, I think it is more to do with environmental and lifestyle factors because anyone at any age can have irritated skin.

Stepping away from the blue light, I agree that dullness is more likely to be seen on older people, from my personal experience.

Looking at the other so-called signs of ageing in the list; patchy skin, open pores, and dryness, I don’t think they have much to do with age. I have had dry skin for decades, some young people have open pores, and patchy skin is probably caused by one or more skin conditions and can affect you at any age.

Interestingly, I was listening to a podcast by Afroblush where a number of ladies were discussing that the “signs of aging” are different for black women, for example sagging, which I have seen on older family members. After the introduction, Jo Gay of Patent Purple Life starts by debunking the myth that “black don’t crack”.

You might be wondering why I have such strong feelings about a seemingly minor thing. I just don’t want to be treated like a fool by being persuaded to buy yet another cream to combat another alleged problem (ageing is not a problem). I also don’t want to be made to feel bad for getting older! Could we call the signs of ageing “signs of skin damage” or “the result of collagen breakdown” instead? Probably not. The truth is horrible when you say it out aloud and they are rubbish marketing taglines.

I use skincare  to look and feel the best I can do at my current age. I have never sought out a product in an attempt to look younger. Let’s just see what I look like in 20 years’ time. Perhaps I’ll have to (metaphorically) eat my words.

Beauty Blogger Box Swap with Sarah Fynn

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Sarah Fynn asked me if I wanted to do a blogger box swap. It seemed like fun so I said yes!

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Facebook February on

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I have declared that this February is “Facebook February”. I was late in setting up my Facebook page, “Tasha’s Face Beauty Blog“, not least because it was just awkward to set up and I couldn’t decide which category to put page in. My content is across several social media platforms but I haven’t been making full use of Facebook.

This month, I want to show Facebook some love. I don’t want to duplicate what I put on my blog or on other platforms. I want to do more. You can already see all of my blog and Instagram posts on it but I want to:

  • Do status updates
  • Share blog posts I’ve written for Brown Beauty Talk
  • Share any blog posts I write for other people
  • Do Facebook Live broadcasts, both planned and impromptu
  • Share posts by other people which I like and think you would like

How does that sound?

I will do a regular Facebook Live chat every Tuesday between 2030 and 2130 GMT except the 28th when I am hoping I’ll be at Keziah Connections so I can broadcast the event (WiFi permitting).

In the first Facebook Live chat on Tuesday 7th February, I’ll be discussing the new-look Glamour Magazine. It promises more beauty and fashion so let’s put that to the test! See you there!



Curly-girls and brown-skinned beauties: why it’s important to see us in magazines

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In this post I’ll be commenting on three magazine editions covering fashion and beauty. Some of the looks will be going into my neglected beauty scrapbook. I need a new one and these images would be perfect to start it off.

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Cosmo and the mixed-heritage curly girl

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Sasha Pereira

After I whittled down my magazines into what inspired me, I categorised the articles into themes. There was some overlap but at the time I felt the groupings made sense. Now, I have written this blog post beginning with the body of text, rather than the title which I have never done before. I just wasn’t sure how to introduce this collection of cuttings.

In the June 2016 edition of Cosmopolitan there was a full feature on hair, or more specifically, “hairitage”. To my delight it focused on mixed-heritage hair which for the most part was curly. I could identify with the piece and also find it useful for product recommendations that I could use on my hair.

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Diversity in Beauty and Fashion 2016

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Last year in December I went through a year’s worth of magazines that I had bought to catch up on my reading to recap on the trends and to seek inspiration.

One thing I noticed was that towards the end of 2015 and into 2016 there was a real effort to be more diverse in fashion and beauty. There were more darker-skinned beauties on the catwalks, in fashion and beauty features and in advertisements in most of the magazines. There were even diversity features in themselves.

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Power dressing for your face

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I wanted to feel like I could conquer the world. What’s my world-conquering colour? It’s red! There was a time when I would never wear red at all, whether it be clothing or makeup but once I discovered the power of red, I knew it was here to stay in my life.

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Melariche’s ‘Test It First’ Service

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No, thank you!

Melariche: Shop beauty curated for darker skin tones and curly hair”. Yes, that’s just the kind of shop I need.

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