CONTRIBUTED BY Garima Seth

You must be wondering, is there a right time to start using anti-aging products. Experts tend to believe there isn’t, so read right on to see what it is you can do to stay irresistibly beautiful and youthful, sporting that radiant skin, bound to invite every woman’s envy.
We’ll keep it simple and say there’s a possible 3-step formula which, if followed zealously, can turn out to be your ally: Correction –Prevention– Protection

#1 Correction:
Dermatologists say that with a few good skincare habits, there’s little reason to invest in anti-aging creams or age reversal treatments which promise to speed cell turnover and build elasticity. However, if you are looking at ensuring you continue to age beautifully and gracefully, while reversing the effects of sun-damage, air-pollution, stress and unhealthy diets, we suggest you add a daytime antioxidant moisturizer or serum to your regimen.The best dark spot correctors, fixes for uneven skin tone and more.

a. Look for Vitamin C if you have acne/dark spots & uneven skin tone: It brightens, smoothens, firms and it gives uneven skin tone a serious boost.
b. Look for products which contain retinoid: It can reduce acne, shrink enlarged pores, even out skin tone, treat precancerous skin lesions and build collagen while speeding cell turnover.
c. Look for pore refining serums that are lightweight and oil-free: It clears out pore-clogging debris and oil. In 4 weeks, you’re looking at 40-50% smaller pores.
d. Look for products which contain Peptides: Peptides are a key ingredient to keep you looking young This type of serum deeply penetrates the surface of the skin to firm, reduce wrinkles and deliver a radiant glow.
Bottom line: Intrinsic aging is the natural aging process and there’s only so much you can do to, so don’t lose sleep over it!

#2 Prevention:
It is believed that Collagen production lessens about 1% every year after the age of about 21 years and that is technically the beginning of the “aging” process. However, there’s no set time that people begin to look older.
a. Your best bet is to adopt a preventive skincare regime, the first of which cannot be emphasized enough, ladies – sunscreen! If you’re in your 20s or 30s and live in a sunny area, but have neglected the use of sun protection, you’re likely to show signs of aging before someone of the same age who’s very attentive about being well protected against the harmful UV rays.
b. Include regular and faithful exfoliation into your routine, because it is simple – dead skin cells prevent the renewal of new and youthful cells.
c. Avoid smoking! Studies show that smoking clogs the body’s ability to make collagen and also leads to premature wrinkling. Combine a heavy cigarette habit with a lot of sun exposure and you are 10 times more likely to develop wrinkles than people your same age who don’t smoke and who adequately protect themselves from the sun.
Bottom line: Keeping skin wrinkle-free is most easily done when you start early.

#3 Protection:
There is no substitute for a well-thought-out and holistic skincare routine. Be regular. Be fastidious. Be almost fanatical about it. It is after all the most important part of your appearance.
a. Keep a hawk-eye out on your diet, because as sure as the sun rises from the east, your food habits directly impact your skin. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals with enough proteins, minerals and vitamins. Include large quantities of green vegetables and fruits, staying away from oily, deep fried snacks and short-eats.Eat a rich diet in antioxidants to prevent aging from the inside.
b. Do not neglect water intake, because that is essential to keeping skin hydrated and healthy. Water also ensures that harmful toxins leave your body as soon as possible. Intersperse your regime with frequent liquids and juices as well.
c. Be particular about your “beauty-sleep”. Catch those necessary and regular hours of sleep, giving your skin the chance to grow, rejuvenate and refresh itself.
d. Going to bed with your makeup on is a big no-no. Make sure you remove and wash off all traces of makeup leaving your skin breathing easy and comfortable for the long night hours when it is on the job or repairing itself.
Bottom line: The best antidote to aging is to make the process ofskin protection so ingrained, it becomes a part of your DNA.

Some bonus Vitamin knowledge is useful
Along with the loose formula we outlined above, we also lay before you an interesting proposition: start looking at anti-aging more in terms of ingredientsand not necessarily products. Yes, this requires a definite change of perspective because the ingredients are what impact your skin, while the cream/lotion/serum or product is only the medium – but ladies, we promise it is well worth it.Going by ingredients the three most potent and well-studied anti-aging ingredients are Vitamin A, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin C.
Vitamin A is more commonly found as retinol and retinoic acid and is shown to increase collagen production. It also tends to help with acne and pore visibility. Vitamin B3 is called niacinamide in skincare language and increases elasticity in the skin, simultaneously inhibiting melanin overproduction, which lightens sun/age spots and hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C is found mostly as ascorbic acid and increases collagen production, which lightens pigmentation. Now that you are armed with the basics, you can start looking for products that contain these ingredients.
Having said all that has been said about aging and anti-aging skincare products and regimes, the truth still remains that whether you are in your 20s or in your 50s, your lifestyle is more important than you think. Sleeping earlier, having sufficient rest, eating well, and not smoking are probably more important than lathering on anti-aging creams and products. Weave in a medium to active workout as part of your overall health-consciousness and ….breathe ladies! Smile more often. Be confident. Stay happy.Believe us, that is really the best and most unforgettable statement you can ever make.

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