Anti Aging Tips for your Skin

You can’t reverse time, but you can reverse the damage it does to your skin, at least to an extent. Anti-aging tips or reversing your beauty clock is nothing more than taking care of your body and mind, here and now.

Anti Ageing

First things first, make a routine. Yes, after a sleep, work, exercising and eating routine, you also need a beauty routine to look younger! But why a routine? Simply put, we have lived with the sun and its natural clock for centuries. So to return to the natural rate and state of aging, we must set a routine! Embracing the sun, however, does not mean we stop using sun screen (your skin’s best friend). The sun may be where it was, the UV reaching earth have certainly become overenthusiastic. So anti-aging tip number two, halve your skin exposure.

Among so of the hundreds of anti-aging tips and routines trolling the internet, here’s the most logical one: cleanse, use a dermatologist-recommended anti-aging serum, moisturize, use sunscreen with minimum SPF 30 and lastly, sleep well.

But skin care to beat aging isn’t as easy as using some creams. You’ve got to put your money where your mouth is, literally. So beware of that fast food, it also increases the pace at which you age.

  • Take a vitamin D supplement (1,000 IUs per day).
  • Eat plenty of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from olive oil, ground flaxseed, and fish/fish-oil supplements.
  • Drink water — in all its forms — all day long. Count green tea and coffee in your daily total, but go easy on the alcohol.
  • Cut back and remove if possible, processed foods and sugars.

Acne Scars – Treatment Remedies

Acne scars are most a product of inflamed lesions. When pores have excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria, they swell and break the follicle wall. If the rupture occurs near the skin’s surface, the lesion heals quickly, but if it causes a deep break in the follicle wall, the infected material spills out and destroys healthy skin tissue.

The skin forms new collagen fibers, but this “repair job” is never as flawless as before the injury. Thus, acne scars.

Though harmless, medical science has devoted a lot of time and resources in dealing with acne scars. Here are some common ways of removing them:

  • Soft tissue fillers: Fat is be injected under the skin and into scars to fill out or stretch the skin, making the scars less noticeable. This treatment is temporary so you need to repeat the injections periodically.
  • Chemical peels: High-potency acid is applied to your skin to remove the top layer and minimize deep scars.
  • Dermabrasion: Reserved for more severe scarring, it involves removing the top layer of skin with a rapidly rotating wire brush. Surface scars may be completely removed, but may cause pigmentation changes in people with darker skin.
  • Skin surgery: A minor procedure cuts out individual acne scars. Stitches or a skin graft repairs the hole left at the scar site.

However, scarring can also be avoided.

  • Pass up the temptation to pick or squeeze acne. This forces the debris deeper into the skin, spreading infection to other tissue and worsening inflammation.
  • Don’t pick at scabs, since it is the skin’s natural bandage. Picking a scab off before it is ready prolongs the healing process and increases chances of scarring.

Acne Treatment

Though mostly associated with teenagers and young adults, thanks to flooding of hormones, anyone can be afflicted with an outbreak of acne at any time and age; even infants and older adults.

Acne breaks out when over manufacturing of sebum and excessive dead cells trying to work their way up the skin are trapped by substances on the skin, like make-up. Once sebum and dead skin cells are trapped, bacteria multiplies and inflammation occurs, resulting in acne.

If your acne is aggressive it is best to visit a dermatologist, if not, then a zit or two can be taken care of with simple hygiene, too. Simplest things first, wash your face regularly to keep pores from blocking.

But one might need help from modern science too. Enter acne treatments. They work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, reducing the inflammation or doing all four.

At night, apply benzoyl peroxide, a peeling agent, as it increases skin turnover, clears pores and reduces bacterial count. It also acts directly as an antimicrobial. Other OTC salts that help, include sulfur, resorcinol, salicylic acid or sulfur.

You can turn to cosmetic procedures, like chemical peels and microdermabrasion, which are traditionally used to lessen the appearance of fine lines, sun damage and minor facial scars.

Or, opt for Laser- and light-based therapies. These reach the deeper layers of skin without harming the skin’s surface. Laser treatment damages the oil (sebaceous) glands, causing them to produce less oil, while light therapy targets the bacteria that cause acne inflammation.

Skin Care Tips for Summers

Sun shrivels grapes to resins, much like it reduces the plump upper layer skin cells to shrivelled wrinkly ones. Add to this dark spots and acne and you have the skin of an average 30-something woman. Given that sun is its brightest in tropics, higher altitudes and summer, skin woes rise to epic proportions, especially since such conditions are either found in holiday spots or prime holiday time — summers. And flaunting skin is an absolute must, too! Sounds contradictory? It is. Hence living by these skin care tips for women should keep skin safe.

A must in your travel vanity kit should a moisturizer, sunscreen lotion (minimum SPF 30), exfoliating skin scrubs and light makeup.

Hydrating your skin is crucial. Moiturise well with water-based lotions which have a minimum SPF level of 15; if you are holidaying by the beach, apply sweat-proof sunscreen lotion SPF of 30+.

To ensure your skin retains moisture and does not become raw in sun, don’t rub yourself dry after a bath; dab dry and immediately apply moisturizer. This will ensure your skin has enough existing moisture to absorb and lock in the moisture from the lotions you apply.

Another way to lock in the moisture and minimise sun damage is to drink lots of water; also consume lemonade or sugar-free fresh fruit juices. Eat fruits and green leafy salads; this is another way of not just hydrating your skin, but ensuring it also gets the nutrients required to keep it soft and young for years to come.

Other skin care essentials are umbrella, scarf and sunglasses. These protect your skin and eyes against elements of nature

Exfoliation is also important during summers as more dirt sticks to your face with sweat. These impurities need to be scrubbed off and exfoliation does just that.

Apply cold yogurt on the face to remove tanning and other impurities from clogging the pores. Add honey, oat meal (exfoliates), cucumber (for cooling) or lemon (bleaching) to the yogurt for better results. Use this skin care tip twice a week.

Most importantly, always remove make-up once home and never wear it to bed.

Skin Care for Dry Skin

Dry SkinDry skin can make you look haggard and older than your years. Many people try covering up their dry skin with expensive make-up but end up looking as bad as ‘joker’ in the famous movie ‘Batman”. Hence, it is absolutely essential to take care of your skin. Care for dry skin is actually quite easy once you understand the causes. Dry skin indicates low levels of sebum or skin oil.  This can be caused due to myriad factors like pollution, stress, chemicals, cosmetics and smoking. Antispasmodics, antihistamines and diuretics can also play a big role in stealing the moisture from your skin. Many disorders like seborrhea, dermatitis and psoriasis can also cause dry skin. Besides these factors, dry skin can also be caused by excessive heat or cold, poor blood circulation and lack of physical exercise. Smoking can also dry up your skin. Care for dry skin includes some basic regimes like cleaning up your face before going to bed and applying the right kind of moisturizer and toner. Appropriate physical exercise can enhance your blood circulation and make your skin glow. Staying away from the sun is also essential to prevent your skin from drying up.  Make sure that you apply a sun block before venturing out in the sun.

These are some of the ways which can help you to protect your skin. Remember, the condition of your skin is also indicative of your mental and physical health. So, eat healthy, exercise daily and be happy. This is the perfect skin care remedy for dry skin!

Wrinkle Treatment

The search for eternal youth and beauty is by no means a modern affliction. European women smeared lard on faces to preserve its elasticity, while Cleopatra bathed in blood to keep her skin youthfully glowing. But none of these is a desirable or even socially acceptable wrinkle treatment in our times. Today, we use ancient wisdom and combine it with modern science to create wrinkle treatments and products as diverse as our needs.

There are two ways of dealing with wrinkles: Medicine and surgery, and nutrition and exercise.

1) Medicine and surgery: The most common wrinkle product around these days is the anti-wrinkle cream. But how effective would these be is only determined by the active ingredient in the cream. Retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, kinetin, copper peptides and antioxidants are all present in commonly available, commercial anti-wrinkle creams. But maximum brands available in the market don’t offer them in quite the right concentration. So, when it comes to beauty being brand conscious is a good thing!

Medically, cream-based retinoids are the go-to wrinkle product for most dermatologists.

Wrinkles can also be removed surgically. But whether you need such a drastic measure to restore youth should be determined by your dermatologist/cosmetologist, who will also suggest an appropriate wrinkle treatment for you.

2)      Nutrition and exercise: Since water loss and loss of under-skin fat is one of the biggest reasons why wrinkles are formed, foods that help retain these are a God-sent and must be incorporated in your diet. The five simple foods which help keep skin healthy are – blueberries or foods which are high in anti-oxidants; Omega 3 fatty acids; tomatoes; sunflower seeds and fish oils. Most importantly, have at least 8 glasses of water every day!

Exercise wise, wag your tongue, blow an imaginary trumpet and improve the blood circulation of your face. Inhale, hold your breath, blow your cheeks and squeeze every muscle on your face. This “pose” is great for releasing tension that especially settles around the jaw, the eyes and the sinuses.

How wrinkles are formed

In some cultures, wrinkles are a sign of having aged and become wiser, but scientifically appearance of wrinkles is a sign that your skin cells are dying off faster than the rate at which your body can regenerate them.

To understand how wrinkles are formed, compare the epidermal layer with a mattress. When the mattress becomes old it loses its firmness and sinks and folds develop in the fabric. Similarly, when we become old or our skin is exposed to a harsh environment for extended period of time, it ages faster and starts showing folds or wrinkles. Simply put, when we are exposed to a lot of sun or pollution, the epidural loses water, making skin look dull. If the exposure is minimal, then the damage can be reversed. But if exposure is extended, then deep wrinkles form quite early.

So do wrinkles form just anywhere? Not really, they choose those areas of the face where muscles move the most, like corners of the mouth and sides of your eyes leading to development of crow’s feet, thanks to all the squinting in the sun.

But everything is not as simple as basic science. How, when and to what extent would wrinkles develop depends on a lot of factors, like genes, environment, timely help, nutrition, sudden and drastic weight loss, and smoking among others.

Therefore, the extent to which wrinkles would develop is different for each person and the treatment too must be unique.

Monsoon Skin Care Tips

Monsoon is a romantic time of the year and no reason why you should not be looking your radiant best. Here are some of the best Skin Care Tips for Monsoons:

Monsoon Skin Care Tips

  • Avoid Heavy Makeup as far as possible
  • Use water-proof makeup if you have to
  • Regular cleansing with a soap-free-cleanser
  • Follow-up Cleansing by toning using an alcohol-free-toner, since increased humidity might have opened up your skin pores
  • Exfoliate atleast twice a week using a face scrub
  • Many skin care experts recommend usage of a mild sunscreen even during the rainy season
  • And finally, as always – Eat healthy and drink lots of clean water.

How to Exfoliate Face Skin

Beauty experts recommend regular exfoliation to ensure a bright glowing skin. When we exfoliate our face or body, dead cells are scrubbed out from it and fresh new living skin is exposed. This also allows any moisturizer or other serums to penetrate our skin pores effectively and deliver the desired results.

exfoliateHow to exfoliate your face skin

  • Use a special scrub or else a wash cloth for exfoliation
  • Run the scrub/cloth in soft circular motions
  • Wash away with lukewarm afterwards (Note: never use HOT water)
  • Do this weekly
  • Experts recommend doing this in the morning, as skin would have repaired itself in the night

Exfoliate – What, How, Why

Our skin is constantly regenerating. This means that on a very regular basis new skin cells are being born and old ones are dying. exfoliateThe old cells are typically on the top and new fresh cells do not get a chance to show their sheen, unless the top layer of dead cells is removed or scrubbed away. This process of removal of old dead skin cells is called Exfoliation.

There are many ways to exfoliate the face or body. One can also make use of natural home-made pastes and scrubs for this.

It is critical to remember, that we should never exfoliate too harshly else our live skin-cells might get damaged. Also post-exfoliation it is highly recommended to use a sunscreen.