Many of our patients ask, ‘What can I do to take care of myself? I feel great, but I don’t look my age. I look older.'
Stress, lack of time, lack of easy availability, lack of knowledge all play a role in our aging process. Mental ageing and physical appearance do need to go hand in hand for a synchrony of your personality.
There are a lot of misconceptions about taking care of the skin at a young age. Many think they don't need to address problems until they see them. This is the number one mistake. "It’s never too soon to start maintaining your skin. I believe that taking good care of the skin in the 20s ensures much younger-looking skin in the years ahead." So some of the anti aging treatments can be started as soon as in your 20s. But most people realize the need for it only in their 40s & 50s.
Is it too late? It is NEVER too late to start looking and feeling your best.
So what are the points that can be corrected in terms of your lifestyle, skin and hair routine?
Here are must-follow tips to make sure that you delay your aging process significantly.
1. Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise
This C/T/M skin regimen mantra can be miraculous for many. By following three simple steps, you can keep your skin glowing with natural beauty all day! It's important to use medical graded products than cosmetic products. The benefit of Medical grade products is product strength, research and clinical trials that it undergoes, ability to give targeted treatments and depending on skin type, the results are instant.
So it’s a good idea to consult your dermatologist even when choosing C/T/M, to keep your skin young, radiant and flawless.
2. Use Sunscreen
Did you know 80% of aging happens due to too much sun exposure! Make sure you apply sunscreen from head to toe every day, and use makeup that's infused with SPF for even more protection. Use sunscreen in abundance. Don’t be stingy. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapply every 2 hours. Avoid exposure to the sun during peak hours.
Apply sunscreen even if you’re in the shade or it’s cloudy day because if UVB and UVA rays can penetrate the skin, they can penetrate through clouds too!! The sunscreen will not only guard your skin but will also adjoin a bit of shine to your skin.
3. Drink plenty of water
If at all you feel thirsty, it means that you are already dehydrated! Skin is intricately tied to the overall health of your body. When your body is hydrated, you will look and feel better. Water gives you a radiant complexion and in addition, bloating and puffiness often disappears. Lack of water is number one cause of daytime fatigue and eventually aging. Water is the vital element for healthy skin as it protects your skin, making it fresher and younger.
4. Exfoliate at Least Once a Week
Shed that layer of dead cells by exfoliating and buffing the skin at least once a week. Exfoliation is a great way to rejuvenate and achieve bright, smooth & radiant skin. Make it a part of your homecare regimen. Exfoliating once a week is plenty. Any more than that can leave your skin dry and irritated.
5. Use Night cream and Eye Cream
Night creams with retinoids are found in some anti-aging moisturizers. These are a type of vitamin A that speeds up cell division and prevent skin collagen from breaking down. Talk to your dermatologist before trying these out. Use good eye-creams that can help prevent wrinkles around the eyes.
6. You may take antioxidant supplements
Antioxidants fight free radical damage, boost immunity, delay skin aging and protect against sun damage. It almost works as an internal sun screen for your body. It can prolong and even make some skin reversals of damage that will take years off without much cost & can give you that ever glowing skin you always crave for.
7. Get Your Beauty Sleep
There is nothing like a good night's rest to leave your skin looking great. Your body undergoes a healing process when it is asleep which in turn helps with collagen & elastin building.
8. Eat healthy
Here are some foods to include in your diet to get the vitamins that your skin needs to keep looking young
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Spinach, salmon, and walnuts.
- Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, bell peppers, chili peppers, broccoli, dark leafy greens.
- Vitamin E: Almonds, grape seed oil, squash.
- Zinc: Yogurt.
- Vitamin A: Sweet potatoes and yams
9. Detoxify your system
What's happening inside your body is always reflected outside. When your body isn't eliminating the toxins well, it is bound to show up on your skin. Detoxing rids the body of free radicals and heavy metals partially responsible for aging. Detoxing helps to increase nutrient absorption, including antioxidants and vitamins that help fight oxidative stress.
A healthcare professional can help you find a detox program that will be perfect for you and can help you.You can also take some burden off your system with the following tips:
- Flush toxins from your body by drinking lukewarm water with a squeeze of lemon.
- Eat more fruits and fresh vegetables, so that you can boost the amount of skin-saving nutrients you are getting.
- Keep salty snacks at bay as this causes water retention and swelling.
- Give your body and skin a break by cutting down on alcohol and sugar for at least 5 days.
- Quit Smoking. Period.
10. Anti-aging Treatments
Looking your best was never this easy. A little correction of the nose or lips, or lift of the brows or a slimmer face can make a huge difference to your appearance. More and more people are turning to cosmetic doctors for rejuvenation techniques to help their face reflect the way they feel inside.
By the skillful use of Botox and Dermal Fillers, all this is possible!
- Brow Lift
- Non Surgical Rhinoplasty / Nose Reshaping
- Cheekbone Creation
- Glamour Spot
- Lip Pout
- Facial Reshaping
- Chin Shaping
- Jaw Line Shaping, Feminisation or Masculinisation
- Control Excessive sweating
So, it is very important to understand the correlation between ageing and skin care through the years. What you did in your teens and 20's, will affect you in your 40's, 50's & 60's. The effect of your actions or inactions has a big impact on how you look eventually. Start right now and look young forever.