How many of you remember actress Ira Dubey in the Olay ad? The 20 something actress talked about her carefree attitude to skincare till she had it professionally evaluated, only to discover she had age spots, fines lines, the works. Oh horror! Still, the dizzying range of anti-aging skincare products with their long lists of ingredients can be off putting. Nykaa to the rescue! We’ll show you where to start and how to find the right anti-aging skin strategy for girls in their 20s and 30s.
Here are some of the best anti-ageing skin care tips nobody told you before:
Prevention is the first step
This doesn’t mean you should rush off to your dermatologist and ask for Botox and Fillers to smooth out barely-there lines! Instead start by taking care of your skin, with a sensible skin care routine, sun protection, a healthy diet and not smoking. Don’t ever leave home without sun protection. In fact apply it indoors and outdoors even on cloudy days. Take your pick from Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+, Sebamed Multiprotect Sunsreen SPF 50+ or Kaya Sweat Proof Sunscreen SPF 30+ depending on your skin type. It won’t hurt to take a daily skin loving multivitamin too like Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails 3000 mcg of Biotin.
Most anti-aging creams are targeted at the above 40 set, so do you really need a tightening potion when you’re still young? Skin expert Dr. Dhimant Goleria says, “Women enter a ‘pre-age’ phase in their late 20s to mid-30s when barely noticeable fine lines around the mouth and sun spots first start showing up.” His advice: “It’s sensible for women in their mid-20s to start using appropriate skin care to ward off skin aging.”
Start small and build from there
This doesn’t mean you should rush out and stockpile every anti-aging potion you can lay your hands on. Start by integrating one new product instead of an army of heavy hitters. Adding one formula that sun protects, hydrates and evens out your skin tone is more than enough. Try Olay White Radiance Intensive Brightening Serum an intensive treatment with a high concentration of whitening active and vitamin beads that tackles surface and hidden spots and skin darkening. Another good option is Olay Total Effects 7 In One Anti-Ageing Skin Cream Day / Normal that fights the first signs of skin aging; dark spots, loss of elasticity, lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and open pores. Apply this twice a day after your toner and before your moisturizer or foundation.
Retinol: To use or not to use?
Sure it’s the proven gold standard in anti-aging skin care because of its proven benefits in treating blemishes, uneven tone and regenerating collagen. So isn’t a retinoid cream the one you should pick right away? No! It isn’t the case of one size fits all. While retinols can increases cell cycle turnover, decreases pore size and reduce sun damage, it may not be the best option for you. Retinoids can cause flare-ups on acne prone skin while dry skins can get even drier. Instead look for products with tiny concentrations of retinol, and a mix of alpha hydroxy acid and antioxidants such as Kaya Brightening Night Cream and Lakme Youth Infinity Skin Sculpting Day Creme SPF 15 ++
Revise your morning skin care routine
Start your day with an antioxidant-rich potion that contains peptides and plant stem cells because of their preventive qualities. Since air pollution and the sun’s rays are the source of free radicals that damage living cells causing aging, its sensible to use an antioxidant-rich formula before stepping out for the day, says Dr. Goleria. You could use Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Skin Cream that contains herbal extracts of Aloe Vera, Winter Cherry and India Kino tree extracts that moisturize, nourish and protect against pollution. Or try Fabindia Vitamin E Cream De-Pigmentation that is blended with Vitamins A, C and E to provide deep hydration and optimal skin protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Skin smart tip: Use a moisturizing sunscreen
We can’t stress enough how important sunscreen is. Instead of slathering on multiple layers of formula on your face, get skin smart by buying a moisturizing sunscreen formula; it keeps skin soft and supple and protects against sun induced photo aging. Remember not to fall into the trap of lavishing all your attention only on your face. “Get into the good habit of applying sunscreen on your neck, décolletage, arms, hands and feet as well. In fact, all visible skin should be sun protected,” says Dr. Goleria. Your neck and hands are where sun damage start showing up. Use Age Lock SPF 40 Multi-Vitamin, a double action sunscreen that is also infused with multi vitamins that protect skin from harmful rays and pollution to give you a healthy glow. Another good option is Nivea Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 50. It not only protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays but also helps maintain essential hydration and nourishment.
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