RIGHT TIME TO START USING ANTI AGING CREAMS
This discussion started between me and my friend when she saw me using my regular skin cream and suggested me to use some anti aging cream from now onwards which I always felt was not necessary unless and until we really see the aging signs in our skin. As I regularly follow a good skin care regime, I never thought of using anti aging creams.
She runs a parlor and usually customers ask for her advice to keep their skin young and beautiful. She shared some valuable things with me about skin aging and its prevention which I would like to share with you galsâ€¦â€¦
But before this I was not a believer of anti aging creams as skin aging is a natural process and with age our skin tends to loose its elasticity, wrinkles will appear and it is not advisable to go against natural processes. So here are some facts which she shared with meâ€¦. Hope they will be useful for you .
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Skin aging begins long before we see it physically in the form of dryness, dark spots, wrinkles, dullness etc.
Sun rays and Pollution are the worst enemies of the skin. They cause major damage to our skin. Pollutants in air and water block our pores making skin look duller.
Excessive drinking and smoking are equally harmful to our skin making it look pale and lifeless and the effect is not only limited to our skin but we can see that in our eyes (fluffiness, redness, soreness etc) and also on our health.
Almost 90% of the skin aging signs are contributed by sun. Its harmful rays have no mercy for our delicate skin. And almost 1/4th of this damage has already occurred when we are in our late teens.(Its very surprising). And almost 50% of the damage done by the time we reach 40â€™s. (Did some googling for these figures . These figures are related to American research, just imagine then what will be the figures for India where we are exposed more than double the sun rays to which Americans get exposed to. Very horrible.
So now I agree that 20s is the best time to start giving extra care to your skin and also to start using anti aging creams. Also make sure to incorporate a toner which contains Vitamin C in your daily skin care as Vit C is known for its skin renewable properties. Always use SPF 15 or above on your face to prevent it from visible damage of sun.
Moisturization is the key to beautiful and glowing skin. Invest in a good moisturizer if possible with SPF 30 and above, specially for summers or else we are very well aware of sunscreens and sunblocks. Also get a good pair of sunglasses to protect your delicate eyes. (I am using Polaroid sunglasses which have antiglare in them as well as UV protection. It costed me 4000Rs/- , even you get good glasses in Lee Cooper also.). Understand your skin type and choose your products.
If you are staying in a polluted city and spend most of your time in AC like me then you need to take extra care because:
a) Humidity is very low in Air Conditioned environments and they sap moisture from your body resulting in dryness and fine lines on the skin. Moisturize your skin at regular intervals to overcome this.
b) Pollution damages our skin as mentioned before, also resulting in various allergies for sensitive skin.
Above all exercising and proper nutritious diet will solve half of your problems. We all prefer natural products for our skin, be it a cream or a mask and most of these natural cosmetics are derived from the food stuff which we consume daily. Regular exercising eliminate toxins from your body . Itâ€™s the best anti aging solution and ofcourse it is not for saleâ€¦everyone can afford it right?
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As you move towards your 30â€™s try to expand your skin care regime by involving face masks and peels which helps tighten the skin, under eye gels, and regular facials.
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Please donâ€™t forget your beauty sleepâ€¦..when you sleep soundly your body releases growth harmone and melatonin which has incredibly positive effects on your body and immune system. When you sleep all your body cells repair and recover.
I think its very wise to adopt prevention at early ages rather than trying to reverse the effects of aging in the later stages. Yes, all these preventions will not stop skin aging but will surely delay it far more than you can imagine.
What are your thoughts on this?
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