Just like you are getting older, so is your skin. You will notice many changes to your skin as you enter you are closer to 40 years and above. These include a reduction in skin oiliness if your skin type is oily. Other signs of ageing include sagging skin, fine lines, especially on the corner of your eyes (the crow’s feet area) wrinkles, and an increase in skin dryness.
However, it is never too late to incorporate the right skin care routine and other lifestyle habits to slow down these effects in case you have started experiencing them.
Here is a simple anti-ageing skin care routine that you can easily incorporate daily:
The thumb rule of any skin care routine is proper cleansing. However, since your skin has started ageing, you need to be mindful of using the right products. You may have to make certain changes to your choice of products keeping in mind that your skin needs extra nourishment and moisturizing.
Use a foaming face wash (avoid the one with built-in brushes as they can be too abrasive for daily use) with ingredients such as neem, peppermint, aloe vera, and essential oils such as jojoba oil & lemon oil. Products containing these ingredients cleanse gently as well as maintain the skin’s pH – the root cause of most skin disorders is an imbalanced skin pH.
Regular cleansing clears the skin of dirt, makeup, dead skin & other buildup due to pollution, dust etc.
With age, not only does your skin sag, but your pores tend to enlarge in certain parts of your face. A toner or face mist post cleansing will have a mild astringent effect which, over time, shrinks the size of your pores, thus reducing skin sagging. It also instantly re-hydrates the skin. Ageing skin tends to lose moisture very easily. It is important to ensure that your skin is hydrated at all times.
Choose a toner with ingredients known to tighten the skin pores, instantly hydrate & reduce oiliness. Some of these are cica, rose water, which hazel, aloe vera, cucumber, lemon, orange, and rice water.
This is a very important step for a weekly skin care routine as ageing skin tends to shed a lot of dead cells onto the skin’s surface. Use an exfoliator or face scrub once a week to remove impurities that have gone deeper into your skin. An effective exfoliator, such as the Barva Renew Bamboo Exfoliator, penetrates to the third layer of your skin and pulls out oil buildup, dead skin, grime & other impurities very gently.
It is also important to choose an exfoliator/face scrub that is not very abrasive. Ingredients such as walnut, if you rub too hard, are likely to cause more damage to your skin than good. The Barva Renew Bamboo Exfoliator is made with bamboo particles, a fine powder that cleanses effectively yet gently. It also contains cow ghee, jojoba oil & lemon oil, and these ingredients ensure minimum abrasion. Your skin will be left feeling cleansed, and at the same time, it will not feel dry.
Since the product penetrates so deep into your skin, exfoliation once a week is more than enough. It is very important for you to not go overboard with it.
Use a face moisturizer daily – post bath and before bedtime, even if your skin is oily or combination. Massage your skin in very gentle circular upward movements till the product is completely absorbed into your skin. Any residue left behind will only attract dirt and add to the buildup of impurities on your skin’s surface.
Choose a moisturizer with ingredients known for their anti-ageing properties, such as cow ghee, kokum butter, aloe vera, mango butter, and orange essential oil. Cow ghee has the ability to penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin. It is rich in essential fatty acids and it also creates a barrier on the skin surface to prevent moisture from escaping. Mango butter has anti-ageing properties and is non-comedogenic in nature, i.e. it doesn’t clog the pores of the skin. Orange essential oil supports collagen formation (a nutrient that gets depleted with age, due to which skin starts sagging) and detoxifies the skin.
Needless to say, use a face mask once a week. It will give your skin a much needed lift. You can either use a homemade face mask or buy a ready-made one.
For anti-ageing skin care, use a face mask that contains rich ingredients such as rose water, aloe vera, almond oil, bentonite clay (multani mitti), sandalwood, ubtan, honey, lemon, cocoa, cream of milk, besan etc.
A quick & easy home-made mask is a mixture of 1 tsp of besan, 1/2 tsp cream of milk, 1/2 tsp honey and a little rose water to form a smooth paste. Apply it evenly on your face & neck and wash it off after 20 minutes. Follow this once a week for skin-tightening & moisturizing.
Irrespective of the weather conditions – whether summer or winter, you must use an effective sunscreen even when indoors. Sun damage causes rapid ageing, and sun rays penetrate into our skin even when we are indoors.
Apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 and above on all exposed parts of your body. These include the face, neck, arms, hands and feet, even legs if you wear short clothing. After all, prevention is better than cure.
Most importantly, while choosing a sunscreen, avoid products with these ingredients: oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate and nanoparticles. These ingredients have been blamed for a variety of health concerns, which include hormonal disruption, reproductive disorders, organ system toxicity, endocrine disruption, contact allergies, etc.
Now that we have covered your skin care routine for anti-ageing skin care, let us discuss certain lifestyle factors that you must change too:
1) Drink plenty of water
You must consume at least 3 litres of water daily for your skin to remain well-hydrated and fresh. Adequate water will remove all the toxins from your body, which cause free-radical damage – the main cause of rapid ageing. You may use the loo more frequently, but adequate water consumption has various health benefits too apart from glowing skin.
2) Get enough sleep
7-8 hours of sleep is very important for a healthy body, sound mental health as well as good skin. Your body needs an adequate amount of REM sleep, as this ensures that all your vital organs are appropriately rested and rejuvenated.
To sink into deeper sleep more easily, it is recommended for you to disconnect or dissociate with your electronic devices 2 hours prior to bedtime. The light emitted from televisions, mobile phones, tablets, etc. hampers with the neurotransmitters in your brain that are responsible for sending signals to your body to wind down. Prolonged exposure to this light is also known to damage the eyesight as well as the skin around your eyes, which leads to dark circles, under-eye bags, and fine lines.
When you go to bed immediately after indulging in entertainment or social media, it also sends your mind into a frenzy of thoughts that keep you more alert and awake instead of inducing sleep. Instead, listen to soothing music or read a book to fall asleep, and your body will find it easier to sink into the REM state.
3) Reduce alcohol consumption
Alcohol dehydrates the body very heavily. This ultimately damages the skin. No matter how much water you drink after a drinking session, the body takes several hours to rehydrate and return to normal. The skin damage as a result of this can make you look older sooner.
4) Repetitive facial expressions
Whenever you make a facial expression, the underlying muscles of the skin get contracted. If you use the same expressions for several years, they result in permanent lines. Try and change any facial expressions that you have been using for several years. Also, focus the use of your daily anti-ageing moisturizer on your expression lines to reduce them over time.
5) Eat a healthy & balanced diet
Avoid sugars and fast carbohydrates as far as possible in your daily diet. Instead, eat a diet balanced with 2 servings of fruits, 1 serving of nuts & seeds, 2 servings of vegetables, grains & pulses, and plenty of water. Foods rich in essential vitamins, fatty acids, and minerals are known to boost overall body and skin health.
Last but not the least, remember that it is never too late to start. People who are already experiencing signs of ageing can incorporate all of the above-mentioned habits and skin care routine, and still benefit from them. Also, if your ageing skin is bothering you, you might also want to consider a dermatologist and opt for non- or less-invasive skin treatments such as dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, botox, dermal fillers, dermabraision, etc.
We hope you found this article useful. We would love to hear your views. Do write to us at [email protected] regarding your questions or beauty concerns. Last but not the least, stay safe & stay beautiful 🙂