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December 16, 2015

14 Anti-Ageing Tips To Stop The Clock

Text by Wyanet Vaz

At what age should you start using anti-ageing products? What routines should you follow in your 20s, 30s, and 40s? What’s the right technique to apply a cream? Everything you should know about anti-ageing and more…

They say the most certain things in life are death and taxes. We’ve learnt the hard way that ageing trumps them both. But what you can do is match the ideal skincare products to your skin type, so that ageing turns out to be a graceful affair. But, the trick is to know the best way to use these products and when to start using them. We’ve got skin expert, Dr. Rashmi Shetty, aesthetic physician and advisor on the skin care brand Pond’s, to debunk myths, shell out secrets and give us all the dope on beating the ageing blues.

What is the right age to start using anti-ageing products?

Signs of ageing can vary depending on the skin type, genes and lifestyle. People with dry skin are more prone to wrinkles and should look at investing in anti-ageing creams in their mid 20s. For many, the collagen production can slow down in their early 30s, making the skin lose its elasticity, and so using products that can strengthen and nourish your skin from within, is a must.

What is the routine one should follow in their 20s?

You need to be extra conscious of using products with sufficient SPF (around 30 PA +++) to control developments of age spots. Moreover, don’t avoid the eye area and its tendency of developing fine lines. Use eye creams/serums that strengthen this area to prevents pre-mature ageing.

What about the 30s?

Cell turnover takes longer when you hit your 30s. This means it takes longer for new skin cells to reach the surface, and skin may appear duller and less radiant. A focus on your diet becomes as essential as doing a little more than the CTM routine. Exfoliating is a must as this can help boost the cellular turnover and lead to radiant skin. What most people tend to ignore is the neck and jawline area. It is extremely crucial to address these areas as they can easily give away your age!

And when it’s time to embrace the 40s…

40s, besides being premenopausal, can be fearful for most women. Sagging jawline, wrinkles and baggy under eye areas are some of the common ageing signs that dominate this age. Your jaw and neckline – the ‘Y’ facial zone tend to be the most vulnerable at giving away your age. Use a product that is specifically designed to target the Y contour and the under eye skin.

What are the ingredients you should look for in anti-ageing products?

Retinol is a great way to externally treat dullness, it is also a form of Vitamin A. Moreover, Glycerol can help restore natural radiance that your skin tends to lose as it ages. Most importantly, look for ingredients which contain Polymides that can boost collagen production and strengthen your skin from within.

What food can help slow down the process of ageing?

A protein rich diet which also includes grapefruit, papaya and carrots that are rich in Vitamin A. Turmeric is a popular healer which treats dry and damaged skin, it is also known for maintaining your skin’s elasticity. Those with a sweet tooth can also turn to dark chocolate which is an excellent source of antioxidants.

What are the habits you should skip for maintaining healthy skin?  

Make sleep your priority. Your skin repairs itself while you sleep, so if you don’t get enough of it, it will show, in the form of a pale, ashy skin tone and more pronounced wrinkles and under eye circles. Smoking is another habit you need to skip. It causes a decrease in the Vitamin C level in your body. This obviously reflects on your skin, especially the side of your eye making them more prone to wrinkles.

How do you tackle age spots?

Age spots have little to do with your actual age. Years of exposure to harmful UV rays makes your skin prone to developing these, which appear on your hands, neck, and face. Alternatively, prolonged exposure to UV rays can expedite the formation of age spots at an early age. Fortunately, age spots happen at a superficial level and they can be countered by using products containing a decent SPF and Retinol.

When and why do you need to use an eye cream?

The skin around the eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Slight sagging, dark circles, puffiness around eyes are all an indication to start the use of eye cream.

How can you prevent crow’s feet?

Wear SPF 30+ every single day. Regular use of a moisturiser and creams for the eye area is the best way to prevent crow’s feet. Keep yourself hydrated always.

What is the right technique to use while applying anti-ageing creams?

Always remember, before applying any product wash your face with lukewarm water. Post this, put a drop of eye cream on your ring finger, then stroke once under your eye, starting an inch from your hairline and moving toward your nose. Blend in using the same gentle, sweeping motions until the cream disappears completely. Apart from this, the lower part of your face should be your focus area too. Applying anti-ageing creams along the jawline and stroking upwards along your neck will stimulate that area, tightening the skin.

As far as anti-ageing goes, what can you do for your body?

Moisturise your entire body daily. At the very least you should be doing this daily, but twice a day is ideal. Moisturising right after you shower is ideal as products can penetrate more easily when the skin is wet. Right food and right exercise adds a lot of benefits too. Increase intake of fresh vegetables and fruits along with at least 30 minutes of brisk walk every day.

Does your sleeping position affect ageing?

The way you sleep may actually cause wrinkles. No matter how soft your pillow, it puts pressure on your face each night. However, this doesn’t imply that you don’t sleep! It is essential that you get seven to eight hours of sleep to ensure your body recuperates and your skin repairs itself.

How long does it take to see results after using anti-ageing creams?

Regular use of anti-ageing creams is a must. If you follow a strict regime of using them every day, the results are visible within six to eight months of using them. However, your skin type plays a major role in deciding how long the product will take to show results.

Hot on the shelves:

Try Pond’s New Age Miracle Firm & Lift range that works on sagging skin and targets the Y contour area. They provide powerful anti-ageing formulations that strengthen and tighten fibres leaving your skin supple and radiant.

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