Articles on anti aging cream

7 Effective Ways to Reduce Your Wrinkles

Dr. Harikiran Chekuri
As our skin ages, wrinkles seem to be unavoidable. Sometimes these fine lines appear pre-maturely, making you look more than you actually do. However, there are ways through which you may reduce your wrinkles effectively.Here are 7 very effective ways to reduce your wrinkles beyond visibilityAvoid direct sunshine – Sun is the greatest enemy of your skin. It has been proven that too much exposure to sun causes wrinkles. Continuous sunbath may also cause skin cancer. Whenever you step out in the sun, have optimum protection against sun. Put on sunscreen that suits your skin type, carry an umbrella or hat and don’t forget to put on a pair of shades; your sunglasses.Get Rid Of Addictions – Smoking, Drugs or any other negative addiction not only take their toll on your health but also makes you look aged. These addictions make your skin have wrinkles. So if you want to get rid of wrinkles, get rid of addictions too. Have Enough Sleep, preferably on your back – A good night’s sleep does lots of good to your health, including your skin. 8 hours of sleep can gift you soft and younger looking skin. However, do not sleep on your sides or on your belly. Ill-positioned sleep can cause sleep lines and furrowed brows which can turn into wrinkles.Don’t Squint- If you have weak eyesight, it’s better to go for glasses. Don’t squint your eyes. This will not only pressurize your sight but also develop crow’s feet at the sides of your eyes.Eat healthy – Have a platter full of healthy edibles containing fatty acids like omega 3. Add lots of fruits and vegetables along with fish and soy to your diet. Take a lot of fluids including water, fruit juices to keep your skin moisturized from within.Don’t Over-wash your face – It is good to remove makeup before you sleep at night, but you must also need to ensure that you do not wash off the natural moisture of your face. Excessive washing, scrubbing can steal the natural moisture of your face leaving it dry and wrinkled.Using chemical based products – Know your skin care regime from an expert and always revert from using chemical based creams and facial products. Using products without the solicitation of your skin expert can make your skin dry and rough and in due course cause wrinkles.To know more about skin care and skin treatment, ask an expert and abide by the expert suggestions to have soft, supple and youthful skin for long.

Anti Ageing Solutions

Dr. Sanjay Panicker, Homeopath
THE SECRET OF STAYING YOUNGSince times immemorial Man has been searching for the ultimate secret to remain young. The fact is that no one wants to grow old, although ageing is inevitable part of life. Can we stop or reverse Ageing?Sadly till date there is no remedy discovered to transform an old man to fine young chap or to reverse the process of ageing . However on the brighter side, Man has been successful in finding many  solutions to slow down the ageing process.  There are people we know who look much older and way beyond their age, as well as people who look much younger than their actual age. Film stars like Salman Khan(49years), Hema  Malini(66yrs),  Rekha(60 years), Sreedevi( 51 years), Anil kapoor(58years)  etc are all living examples of people who look much younger than their age. They have been able to slow down their ageing process and stay young. Even in their fifties and sixties they look so much younger. How the heck do they pull it off? What secret did they apply?  So what’s the secret to their great hair,pore-free complexion? Can anyone apply the same and remain young..! Can you suggest some tips to slow down the ageing process?  1. Quit smoking : Smoking damages the collagen and elastin found in the dermal layers, these are which provides  pliability and elasticity to skin tissue.This leads to an acceleration of sagging and wrinkling of the skin. Cigarette smoke also constricts the blood vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrients to skin cells, which slows cellular production and growth. The effects begin to appear quickly. A 2002 study found that smokers as young as 20 years old can display wrinkles under a microscope. 2. Eat Right : You are what you eat, the saying goes. Foods containing antioxidants have been shown to neutralize free radicals by stabilizing them.  We recommend eating a diet rich in antioxidants, such as all colorful vegetables and cold-water fish like trout and salmon, food rich in vitamins C and E and beta carotene. A well planned individualised diet from a nutritionist certainly corrects the toxic effect and aids in speedy recovery. 3. Optimum sun exposure: Too much UV radiation can accelerate the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging by destroying collagen and elastin. The sun's damaging effects on the skin is a specific form of external aging called photo aging. We recommend regularly using a sun block with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher when going out in the sun Additionally, covering skin with clothing offers substantial protection from UV rays.4. Exercise: Ageing results in a loss of muscle mass which cause sagging of the skin and hence wrinkles. As we lose muscle fibres beneath our facial skin, the tissue droops. Luckily, this not only be decreased, its effects can even be reversed through resistance weight training. Exercise can boost self-confidence, release pleasure-inducing chemicals in the brain and bestow a sense of well-being, all of which repairs your body. 4. Reduce stress: Chronic stress shortens the lifespan of cells in the body . Eventually, first cells, followed by tissue, then organs succumb to it. Reducing the stress in your life is an internal anti-aging technique.Practising  positive visualization, learning time management, spending time with friends and family improving communication can all lead to decreased stress. A good yoga trainer can train you for effective distressing and relaxation techniques.5. Sleep adequately: Sleeping minimum of 6 to 8 hours, is essential for recovery of daily wear and tear, it reduces the appearance of age, like wrinkles and the bags under the eyes.6. Homeopathy: Consuming less of chemical based medicines and using more of natural &herbal based medicines can help to reduce ageing. Many drugs are capable of triggering  the release of free radicals which cause ageing. In our in house studies it has been noticed that people using homeopathic medicines for their various illness, since childhood age at as lower rate. Specialised anti Ageing treatments and techniques at Amrita Homeopathy by integrating an individualised diet with homeopathy and yoga. We use the latest video microscopic hair and skin analysis for diagnosis and use techniques such as low level laser combs and spot puva A therapy where it is required for hair and skin problems.

Anti-Ageing Products: Keep Those Wrinkles at Bay!

Dr. Sasi Kiran Attili, Dermatologist
Prevention is better than cure! Therefore the best way to look after your skin is to prevent ageing. Nine ways to speed up your skin's cell function to reveal a youthful, glowing complexion.MoisturisersUse a moisturiser regularly, depending on your skin type. Moisturised skin is supple and is less prone to damage by chemicals in various cosmetics and products we come in contact with in everyday life. Moisturising can also even out your skin tones and smoothen out fine lines and wrinkles.SunscreensSunlight exposure is the single most important factor that makes our skin age. People who use sunbeds or sunbathe have much older looking skin compared to age-matched controls. Use a sunscreen with a SpF factor of at least 30. Using a sunscreen with <30 SpF is as good as using nothing. SpF or 'Sun protection Factor' is basically a measure of how much longer it takes for the skin to burn the skin when the sunscreen is applied, as opposed to when you do not have the sunscreen on.So basically if your skin normally starts burning after 10 minutes of exposure to mid-day sun, using a SpF 30 sunscreen should allow you to stay out in the sun for 30 x10 = 300 minutes. However, this is in test conditions when the sunscreen is applied on the skin at a volume of 2mg/ cm2. In practice, we use much less than this and thus the true SpF potential of the sunscreen is never achieved.Thus, it is recommended to always use a sunscreen of SpF> 30 and top it up every 2 hours, as sweating and rubbing against clothing removed the sunscreen from the skin. Even sunscreens that claim to work all day, do not do so.SoapWashing the skin is important to remove bad odours, makeup, sunscreens, dirt etc which might potentially clog the pores and make the skin look lustreless.Water alone is not sufficient to get rid of fat soluble and water insoluble grease and dirt accumulated on the skin. Removal of these requires substances called surfactants, contained in soaps and cleansers. If you have normal or oily skin it doesn't really matter which soap you use. However, people with dry/sensitive skin are better off using perfume-free, neutral pH soaps (called syndets), which do not irritate the skin. People with dry/sensitive skin in fact should try and wash their face/skin as infrequently as possible (not more than 1-2 times a day), and make sure they moisturise immediately.Cleansers, toners, scrubs and exfoliationMost people with normal skin do not need to use any cleansers, scrubs or exfoliators, particularly if you have a good personal hygiene and are not working in a dirty environment. Cleansers and exfoliators are completely over-rated and publicised by multi-national companies looking to make a quick buck from unsuspecting customers looking for skin products to make them look better. People with sensitive or dry skin should stay away from any such products. These products are only useful for people with oily/ acne-prone skin, where soaps alone are not enough to remove the oil/dirt/make-up from the skin. However, one needs to be careful not to overdo it as excessive cleansing can remove the protective oil layer on the skin and damage the skin further causing an irritant dermatitis or even a form of acne called perioral dermatitis. Which product one wants to use is a question of personal choice, depending on how harsh the product is on the skin. Commonly, cleansers contain 0.5-2% salicylic acid or 2-5% benzoyl peroxide, useful for exfoliating the dead skin cells and unclogging pores.Chemical peelsOnce again, this does not really apply to people with sensitive/dry skin who are advised to stay away from chemical peels. Chemical peels (like Glycolic acid, salicylic acid, Jessner peels, Trichloracetic acid, phenol etc.) can certainly help even out uneven skin tones and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, this mainly applies to medically-administered chemical peels (that produce a medium to deep peel). Most over-the-counter chemical peels contain chemicals in mild concentrations which only cause a superficial peel and thus, mainly serve as cleansers. If you wish to pursue chemical peels, it is best to see an experienced dermatologist in person.MicrodermabrasionThis is perhaps one of the most effective ways to rejuvenate your skin and remove the dead skin layer to make the skin look more plump and youthful. Microdermabrasion is a general term for the application of tiny rough grains to buff away the surface layer of skin, wherein the process painlessly abrades (like fine sandpaper) the surface of the skin. This has an effect of encouraging new skin cells to grow from underneath to replace the older cells on top.However, there is also some evidence to suggest that unlike salon microdermabrasion with creams etc, medical microdermabrasion which also uses a vacuum device (diamond microdermabrasion), helps in remodelling the collagen in your skin and helps is making some superficial acne scars, open pores and fine lines less obvious. Over a year, with periodic monthly microdermabrasion, one might find an improvement in texture and smoothness of the skin. However, once again people, with sensitive/dry skin need to be very cautious.Topical retinoidsTopical retinoids are chemicals derived from Vitamin A, scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and also used in the treatment of acne/comedones. Retinol and Retinaldehyde are the commonest topical retinoids contained in many over the counter anti-aging creams. Unfortunately, these are very mild retinoids and in the concentration used in cosmetic products, have no scientifically proven effect on ageing/wrinkles. Only medically prescribed retinoids like tretinoin, isotretinoin and adapalene, have any visible effect on the skin.Collagen, serums etcUnfortunately, these do not have any anti-aging effect apart from moisturising the skin and making the fine lines/wrinkles temporarily appear less visible (just like any other moisturising product would do).

Is Ice-Cream a Source of Dairy?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Ice-cream is one of the most favorite milk based dessert. For some it’s a reward for scoring well in exams, for some it is to celebrate a special moment and some eat it leisurely as a source of calcium. But can this dairy product contribute to your daily calcium requirements and maintain your bone strength? Let’s find out -Ice-cream is made by churning and chilling a mixture containing high-fat milk or cream, fructose or glucose-based sweeteners, usually in the form of corn syrup, and flavorings such as vanilla or chocolate. When the mixture freezes, it develops the rich, creamy consistency of ice-cream.The nutritional content of different type of ice-creams varies but in general it is an energy dense food. It mainly comprises of carbohydrates and fats. Half a cup of ice-cream contains 15-18 gms of carbohydrates and 7-10 gms of fat. Half a cup of vanilla ice-cream provides 137 calories, as compared to 1 glass of skimmed milk which has 93 calories majorly providing good quality protein.Ice-cream is a high-fat food, since it must contain greater than 10 percent milk fat to be designated ice-cream, with some products having as much as 16 percent. Milk fat is largely cholesterol, a saturated fat. When your blood cholesterol level is too high, it can build up as plaque, a fatty deposit in your arteries that interferes with blood flow and raises your risk of heart disease and stroke. Ice-cream is also high in sugar, which makes up the majority of its carbohydrate content. Consuming too much sugar may contribute to health problems such as weight gain, cavities and increased levels of blood triglycerides, another unhealthy type of fat.According to experts, foods made from milk which have little to no calcium, such as full cream milk cheese, butter, ice-cream are not considered part of the dairy group. These products contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat and if consumed on regular basis can increase risk of lifestyle diseases like heart disease, diabetes, weight gain etc. To lower your risk for high cholesterol and sugar-related problems, consume ice-cream in moderation or chose low fat substitutes. Some ice-cream substitutes like frozen desserts are marketed as a low fat low calorie product but these can be high in sugar containing as high as 40 gms of sugar. So, the rule of thumb is to eat your favorite scoop in moderation and pick healthy milk derivatives like low fat milk, low fat cottage cheese, curd and buttermilk to complete your daily calcium requirement.

Don't Scream for Ice Cream

Ms. Raminder Kaur Deshmukh, Dietitian/Nutritionist
HOW DOES THE ICE-CREAM AD MISLEAD YOU?We know that milk carries a lot of nutritional benefits. We always advise our children to have their daily glass of milk. Recently one leading manufacturer has started marketing it's ice-creams as milk (see photograph of the newspaper advert). Being a nutritionist, I could not digest the claim and did some research on my own. I found the following information about ice-creams and cow milk ( see images of comparison tables).Comparing the three main food groups( i.e. carbohydrates, proteins and fats), we can see that ice-cream comes nowhere near the goodness of milk. Also, ice-cream contains only Calcium whereas cow milk contains many more vitamins, minerals etc. and also healthy amounts of water.Carbs (in terms of sugar): ice cream contains 10.7 gm % as compared to unsugared cow milk at 4.4%. It also explains the difference in calorie content to a large extent (115 cal/100 ml in ice-cream and 67 cal/100 ml in cow milk). Definitely not a good news for weight watchers.Fat: ice-cream at 7.1 gm % ( 4.9% saturated fat) compares poorly with low fat milk at 4.1%. Bad news for all.Protein: Cow milk is definitely better as it contains 60% more protein than ice-cream (3.2 gm% vs 2 gm%).In addition, except Calcium ice-cream does not contain any other vitamin or mineral. Cow milk contains Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin B and C and small amounts of Iron.Thus it appears that the Ice-cream ad is a deliberate attempt to mislead gullible health conscious people. An occasional pleasurable dessert, yes, but replacement for your daily glass of milk?