Whoever said beauty was only skin-deep wasn’t kidding. In these times of high stress, your skin is the first area that takes a beating. Anti-aging is the latest buzzword in skincare with every company worth their name putting out a few dozen products that claim to keep you looking young and fresh, no matter what the date on your birth certificate is.
So before those late nights lead to puffy eyes and sagging skin, arm yourself with the right tools.
* Start early: Over-exposure to the sun causes dark spots and and darkens the skin.. causing irreparable damage to the top layer. These may not be noticeable in the 20s and 30s but show up later.
Always apply a sunscreen atleast half an hour before leaving the house. If out for a long period, re-apply every two hours or the cream will cease to be effective.
Dr Rohini Wadhwani of Skin Essentials recommends that you wash out the sunscreen as soon as you are indoors as the concentration of chemicals in the sunscreen itself may be toxic to the skin. If you have sensitive skin, cover up with a trendy hat and over-sized sunglasses.
* Hydrate: Dry skin stretches and causes fine lines to appear over the face and neck. As you age, the lines deepen and become permanent.
To avoid the common problems of crow’s feet around the eyes and smile lines around the mouth, moisturise your face twice a day, especially after a bath. Buying a moisturising cream with SPF means you won’t have to use more than one product. Look for ingredients like vitamin C, retinol, ceramide creams and beta hyrdoxy acid when selecting an anti-aging cream.
* Ignore the hype: Remember that most products are all about marketing. If you haven’t taken care of your skin from the very beginning, you can’t ask for a miracle. Consulting a skin expert to find a match for your skin type will help save a lot of money on experimenting.
Wadhwani insists on a consultation so that she can recommend a product that will fit the client’s budget while improving their skin. She also advises her patients to sample different testers before they settle on a single product. This would help eliminate allergic reactions.
* Night care: Celine Cortinchi, Jean Claude Biguine spa supervisor, recommends a Vitamin E serum as an anti-wrinkle solution.She says, “Applying it every night before going to bed helps renew the cells. You can apply a silicon night cream in addition to the serum.”