Q.1 I am 39 years old and my skin has started looking as if I’m almost 50. Why do you think my skin is looking so wrinkled? What could be the reason for this premature ageing, I have just started using a Loreal serum and day cream.
Ans: The sun is the skin’s worst enemy causing irreversible damage to skin if proper skin care is neglected. Most premature lines and wrinkles on your face are caused by ultraviolet radiation. You will have to create time for yourself if you want to see any improvement. Give your skin cells a boost with anti-wrinkle skincare products and of course most importantly a few lifestyle changes. Your wrinkles will definitely not disappear but giving it a good care routine will perhaps stop further damage. Apart from the anti-ageing serum and cream, you are using during the day, it is mandatory you cleanse and tone your skin before sleeping and start massaging with an anti-wrinkle night cream for five to ten minutes every night to boost the production of collagen fibres. Regular intake of vitamin C helps to heal the skin and consciously drink ten glasses of water every day to hydrate, try a collagen supplement and of course no smoking at all. The sun is at its peak between 12 noon and 3pm so avoid being out in the sun at this time. Cover your face every day with a sunblock of SPF 30 which will protect your face from UVA and UVB radiation.
Q.2 I am a total chocolate addict and have never really had any skin related problems but now at 17 years, I feel some acne creeping onto my face. Do you think it is chocolate related?
Ans: It’s actually a myth that chocolates cause pimples and despite all the research there is no proof of chocolates causing acne. However, anything in excess is obviously not good, either for your skin or for your overall health. Excessive sugar especially refined sugar in chocolates or otherwise could be given some blame, but the more important part is that diet does play an important part for skin going bad. Dark chocolates are a great option for chocolate lovers as the sugar content is missing and they are made from the seed of the cacao tree which is rich in antioxidants.
Q.3 I have fairly good skin which gets oily sometimes. I do look after my skin with a regular skin care routine. Can you suggest a homemade pack that I can use on a regular basis?
Ans: Your skin could get oily due to climatic conditions as the weather does play a major role on our skin. Mix a teaspoon of powdered quaker oats with a teaspoon of pure honey and a little fresh orange juice. Mix these three ingredients from your kitchen. Apply on your face and neck in thick consistency and massage, then re-apply. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse with cold milk. Repeat this mask once a week. Apply moisturiser and see the glow on your skin.
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