While your favourite Instagram influencer gives unsolicited retinol advice for free, you might want to take an expert’s opinion. Anti-ageing has always been the hot controversial topic of the skincare industry and continues to become the rage amongst the younger end of the age spectrum by the day. Mr Karan Bhaskar is a skincare and makeup consultant at Clinique, India, and has answered some of our burning questions on anti-ageing.
According to Mr. Bhaskar, from the 30s to the 40s, the signs of aging skin begin to appear. Skin begins to lose elasticity and fullness, and thin lines are formed, causing dryness and thinning and problems with pigmentation. So, it’s a good idea to start a basic skincare routine in your teens and 20s.
He says, “One produces more collagen by 20s after which this balance changes and the amount of collagen you produce is less than the amount of collagen degradation. Anti-ageing skincare can also be kickstarted during the ages of 24 to 28. However, if you have passed that age limit, it’s still not too late to start taking care of your skin. Forming healthy skincare habits and routines helps you at all ages.”
“Before diving into any sort of skincare, you need to figure out your skin type first. Routines suitable for oily skin will not work effectively for dry skin. Teenage skin is extremely delicate and sensitive and requires similar care. Opt for gentle cleansers, creams, and formulas. It goes without saying, but sunscreen is non-negotiable. The collagen in teenage skin is flourishing and your skincare should work towards preserving that from an early stage. During the late teenage years, one can start mild age care with facial masks, serums, eye creams, and facial massage tools. Keep a note of using a wide-ranged sunscreen which is SPF 30 or higher. Try to put a minimal nighttime skincare routine (CTM) in place,” he answers.
As one progresses into their 20s, the collagen production decreases, and Mr Karan informs us that this is the time to essentially kickstart your anti-ageing skincare.
He explains, “While you are still supposed to use two fingers’ length of sunscreen all year round, you can add other anti-ageing formulas like retinol in your routine. Your dermatologist can prescribe the best suitable retinol type and formulation for your skin type that can help in effectively responding to reduced skin cell turnover. Keep your skin constantly moisturized, and add vitamins to your diet. You can add vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin C-rich foods for holistic anti-ageing care. You can also build a weekly or bi-weekly exfoliation routine based on your skin type. This helps in keeping your skin fresh and stimulated regularly.”
Mr. Bhaskar advises us that in our 30s, we have a coming-of-age ceremony in our mind as well as our skin.
“You will even see more pigmented excess thin lines, sunspots, and dark circles in your eyes”, he says. “Some people struggle with adult acne due to hormonal imbalance or stress. This is the time when you need to be extra gentle with your skin. Switch to antioxidant-rich and intensely hydrating lotions and serums. Find ingredients such as beans, coffee berries, and vitamin C. These ingredients serve to prevent sun damage and restore existing light damage. Hyaluronic acid can help to eliminate fine lines and is suitable for most skin types. For dry skin, use an oil-based moisturizer to hydrate the skin. Moisturizing is very important as the hands and neck initially show signs of aging. Continue UV protection with a wide range of UVA and UVB protective sunscreens daily and reapply every 2 hours,” he informs.
Is your skincare routine prepped according to an expert’s advice, or do you need to make some changes?
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