Skin care for all ages

Some of the most common skin problems and the solutions for all ages

By Manisha Almadi Midha

Celebrity makeup artist Vipul Bhagat, and cosmetician and aromatherapist Dr Blossom Kochhar offer expert advice on skin care for ages.

The skin “is not fully developed in the early 20s and you are not sure of what products to use because you don’t know your skin well,” says Bhagat. “The most common problem with youngsters is the occurrence of pimples because their skin is oily. Youngsters spend most of their time in the sun and commute mostly by public transport. Sun causes discolouration of the skin and pollution makes the skin around the nose rough, causing blackheads and aggravating pimples.”

You must
Keep your skin clean. “Use a non-creamy cleanser or face wash (thrice a day). Your toner should be non-alcoholic and don’t use astringent. Use a light, gel based moisturiser,” says Kochhar. “Go for an oil free moisturiser—it could have vegetable oil or could be water based,” suggests Bhagat.

“Exfoliate with a scrub that has AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids). They will help get rid of the blackheads immediately. Nourish the skin with a night cream,” suggests Kochhar. “Use a light shampoo as it affects the skin too. Be aware of the products in the market,” adds Vipul. “The body allows all kinds of food intake at this age but stay away from the burgers and fries—all junk and oily food.”

Home remedy  
Kochhar suggests a pack for blackheads. “Mix papaya, a tsp of milk powder and a squeeze of lemon. Apply it on the face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rinse. Use the pack once a week.”

“Your skin has developed by now, you are well-versed with the products that suit you. You have to maintain your skin because it tends to get dry (especially around the eyes). The skin gets dehydrated because you don’t take care of it as you get busy with your work. A model or an actress shoots for 10 hours a day and keeps her makeup on. Late night partying and lack of sleep lead to dark circles as well,” says Bhagat.

You must
“Use a milky cleanser or face wash. Rose water works as a great toner to refresh the skin and opens out the pores. Use a moisturiser and sunscreen during the day and a night cream with Vitamin E. Exfoliate twice a week. You need to start taking care of your neck. Moisturise every day. Use a night gel (it will prevent puffiness) for dark under eye circles. Oxygenated eye products will lighten dark circles,” says Kochhar.

“You can also use eye drops,” suggests Bhagat. “Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep and drink 8 glasses of water daily, especially 2-3 in the morning fro detoxification.”

Home remedy
Kochhar’s recipe for an instant glow: “Soak apricot and milk powder overnight in hot water. Apply on the face, leave for 10-15 minutes and wash. For under eye circles, use warm tea bags or potato slices on the eyes. Keep for 15 minutes.” 

“As you reach your 40s you get wrinkles and blemishes and may suffer pigmentation. The skin loses its elasticity and becomes saggy—especially the thighs, arms and stomach,” says Bhagat.

You must
“Use a cleansing cream. Splash your face with cold water or rose water. Also the eyes become itchy and the eye sight gets weaker. Hence, don’t rub your eyes and use an eye makeup remover” says Kochhar.

Bhagat adds, “Use an anti-wrinkle cream and an under eye night cream.” In order to keep the body moisturised he says, “Massage with saffron and almond oil before a hot water bath. These oils keep the skin firm.”

You need to concentrate on your diet and exercise to help achieve great skin at this age. “Go easy on meat. Eat lots of fruits and green veggies. For protein eat sprouts, it strengthens your muscles and drink a glass of fresh carrot and lemon juice as they are rich in Vitamin A and C. Also 4-5 crushed yeast tablets or spinach in juice would be beneficial along with herbal tea,” says Bhagat.  “Cabbage, cauliflower and onions are rich in calcium and are the best source for a natural glow,” adds Kochhar.

“Go for regular morning walks. It improves the blood circulation and helps the skin glow,” says Bhagat. Adding to that Kocchar says, “yoga and facial exercises help exercise all the 43 muscles of the face.”

Home remedy
Kochhar suggests “Apply 1 tsp of warm honey all over your face and neck for 10-15 minutes and rinse for a natural glow. To restore skin’s elasticity, mix a tsp of almond oil and a drop of orange and jasmine oil. Leave on the body for 20 minutes and wipe. To get rid of the fine lines and wrinkles around eyes, mix bread crumbs in milk with a drop of almond oil. Soak cotton balls in the mixture and keep on the eyes for 10-15 minutes.”

“The lines become more pronounced in the 50s,” says Kochhar. “There’s nothing much you can do other than going in for facial treatments such as Botox like Hema Malini,” says Bhagat. “I have been seeing her for so long and she still looks the same. The body goes through hormonal changes and the skin doesn’t respond to cosmetic products.”

You must    
“Cleanse and nourish your skin daily. Do not use a toner. Aloe Vera oil is good for the skin,” says Kochhar. Bhagat suggests, “Have lots of liquids, sleep well and exercise. Go for a health check up every six months. Treat your body well and it will show. If putting on makeup makes you feel beautiful and gives you temporary relief, apply it for your kitty party. If showing your legs makes you feel sexy wear your tunic. Women in their seventies abroad don’t shy from dressing up because they are confident. Accept your age and age gracefully!”

Home remedy 
Kochhar suggests, “Mix 1tbsp almond oil, 1tsp of any essential oil like lavender and 1 drop of patchouli oil. Massage on the face and the neck in an upward and outward motion lightly. Tap the eyes gently. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Clean with a hot towel. Moisturise with a heavy cream.” 

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Picture credit: Bina Sveda

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