5 Skincare Mantras to Slow Down the Ageing Clock

5 mantras to slow down the ageing clock

Ever wonder how some people appear to look far younger than they actually are? “It’s hereditary” is a common refrain, but for the rest of us who are genetically just “normal” there’s good news:you can actually control or reverse premature ageing and help your skin look great.

    Your skin ages too. But premature ageing can definitely be controlled and even reversed with healthy lifestyle choices. 

    Our beauty experts have distilled these 5 “mantras" for younger-looking skin:

    1. Reach for the sunscreen

    Oft-repeated here on Plum Blogs, but it’s worth every repetition. Use. Enough. SPF. Skin exposed to the sun for too long ages prematurely and is also prone to other imperfections like fine lines, pigmentation and the like. Get yourself at least SPF 20 before you step out.

    2. Moisturize. In all seasons.

    moisturize-no matter what season it is

    While we remember to moisturize in winter, it’s often overlooked in other seasons. For example, face washing is awesome for cleansing, but dries up skin. Spending times inside air-conditioned spaces dries up the skin. Long flights dry up the skin. Irrespective of the weather outside, if our skin loses moisture over a period of time, it starts ageing sooner than it’s supposed to. So, ensure you keep your skin moisturized with the right choice of moisturizer for your skin type.

    3. Avoid these deadly dehydrators

    Our lifestyle and makeup habits have a bigger role to play in skincare than most people are willing to admit. Avoid these deadly dehydration errors:

    • smoking
    • excessive caffeine intake (in tea or coffee)
    • excessive alcohol consumption
    • using soap to wash your face
    • consuming too many carbohydrates or too much sugar (sweets, chocolate, fried foods and other such food)
    • not removing makeup before going to sleep

    4. And get these good habits into your routine!

    While these may not replace specific products/routines you may require, these habits can help your skin look as old(young) as you are:

    • Drinking adequate water (at least 2 litres a day)
    • Eating more fresh fruits rather than processed food 
    • Getting adequate Vitamin D – either through sun exposure early in the morning, or through supplements (consult your doctor) 
    • Exercising: Findings from a few studies suggest that moderate exercise can improve circulation and boost the immune system. This, in turn, may give the skin a more youthful appearance.

    5. Picking the right makeup

    use mineral makeup as far as possible

    The kind of makeup you wear does have a BIG impact on your skin. Rough, pitted, uneven texture makes skin look older – this necessitates use of further makeup, which perpetuates the cycle. Here’s what we would recommend:

    • Go in for mineral makeup (make sure the claims are real) wherever you can. These do not clog pores, and your skin is less likely to react to the ingredients
    • For everyday makeup, keep it simple. Avoid layering on too many products 
    • Do not forget to use a primer (this could even be a good moisturizer) before applying your foundation. This makes sure your skin is cocooned safely before the makeup goes on it.
    • Never, ever go to sleep with your makeup on!

    You may already know this-laughter is great for helping your skin (and things in general). We want you to remember that. 

    "You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing." -George Bernard Shaw

    Isn't that nice wisdom? So take care of your skin (and laugh more)! See you!

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