Anti-ageing skin care starts in your 20’s. Accepting that ageing is an irreversible process can make you prematurely lose your glow. However, you can slow down skin-ageing with the right amount of care, discipline, and understanding of skin care principles. The appearance of sunspots, wrinkles and fine lines can occur while you are in your prime. Makeup can hide these initial damages perfectly. But if they do not get treated at the very onset, these fine lines may come back to haunt you shortly after.
The key to making the most of your skin care is to use your skin care products regularly without skipping a step and to have an organised skin care routine. Potent anti-ageing products are a blend of scientific and natural ingredients to make you look ageless and enchanting.
The first step to every skincare routine should always be cleansing. We recommend 2-step cleansing. The newest, most effective way of cleansing is double-cleansing, which prepares the canvas you need to absorb other products. You use cleansing milk or a cleansing oil first to remove the makeup, dust and grime, and then you use a foam-based face wash for a deeper cleanse. You break down and remove all impurities.
Our recommendations are the Lakme Cleansing Milk Deep Cleanser Gentle Care and the L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfect Anti-Aging & Whitening Facial Foam.
A serum is a concentrate that hydrates your depleted skin. It contains anti-ageing ingredients that restore skin health, quench thirsty skin, exfoliate dead skin, and improve skin cell regeneration. You apply it right after you wash your face. Then, use a mist or a toner and apply the serum while your skin is moist. An anti-ageing serum sinks into your skin stimulates collagen production and maintains your skin’s elasticity to prevent premature ageing. It also repairs uneven skin tone and gives your skin a plump, luminous look.
Look for retinol, vitamin C, hydrating natural oils, plant butter and other emollients to find the serum that works for your skin type. The one we love is Colorbar USA Timeless Lift Miracle Lifting Face Serum.
The first signs of ageing show up around your eyes. The skin under your eyes is extremely delicate. Eye cream is a must to prevent fine lines, discolouration or puffiness, which shows even during teenage years. An eye cream moisturises the areas under your eyes. Look for an eye cream that is rich in antioxidants to rejuvenate the skin underneath your eyes. The one we recommend is Himalaya Youth Eternity Under Eye Cream.
The one product that you can never miss out on to prevent ageing is sunscreen. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen two to three times a day. While you do need to apply sunscreen separately, having a day cream gives you extra protection. A day cream nourishes your skin and contains SPF. However, SPF is never too much. Create a base with a hydrating day cream and follow it up with an additional layer of sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30. Mineral sunscreens are ideal for mature skin. Our personal favourite is Olay Total Effects 7 in one Normal Day Creme.
Sleeping is the best gift that we can give to our skin. So first and foremost, ensure that you get 6 to 8 hours of sleep undisturbed. Then, apply a nourishing cream to repair your skin. A nighttime skin care ritual is sacred. You can never miss it. Remove your makeup, apply a serum, follow it with an essence or mist, and finally use the night cream. Products containing niacinamide, peptides, retinol, lactic acid, vitamin C, and natural ingredients increase skin cell turnover, promote collagen production, arrest wrinkles, maintain elasticity, and give you plump and hydrated skin. We love the lushness of L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Anti Wrinkle + Firmness Night Cream.
Face masks give you a quick facelift. We love the textures and ingredients that make these face packs alluring. Just reading the ingredient list transports you to a faraway land. Packs infused with fragrant and skin-friendly oils, butter, potent ingredients and unusual ingredients like sea mud, algae, flora, and fauna can do wonders to your skin. They remove impurities, detoxes your skin, takes care of breakouts and leaves your face with a bright, ageless glow. Our personal favourite is the ENN Berry Bang Anti-Ageing Face Mask.
Finally, anti-ageing skin care is effective only when you treat yourself with kindness and accept your body. This miraculous body, which reflects your journey, will undergo some wear and tear over the years. However, as long as we keep reinventing ourselves and stay curious, active and happy, this inevitable process will not make us feel aged.