Dr Saumya Shetty Hegde suggests a few skin and hair care techniques that one should follow and avoid once you are in your 40s
While you were in your 20s you spend your time in experimenting products and the time you touch your 30s you get busy fixing your perfect beauty routine, but in your 40s you find that the routine, which you were following in your 30s may fail or even contribute damage as opposed to adding to your beauty.
For your skin
It is very important to keep your skin hydrated. As women get older, their skin starts losing moisture, which means products that cause dehydration must be dumped. Many women use different oil controlling soap bars or face washes, which initially might give results, but with prolonged use it causes dehydration. Instead, use creamy or moisturising face washes.
Once you enter the 40s, there are chances that you might experience a sudden onset of acne. Due to hormonal changes, which leads to excess sebum production, breakouts become a common sight. Many women end up using over-the-counter anti-acne products, which are not good for your skin. One should understand that the acne in your 40s is different from the one that you get in your 20s. And, hence, the treatment will also differ.
One should stay away from products that are harsh on your skin. Alcohol-based toner are a no-no. Also while blackheads and dead skin should be taken care off, daily scrubbing won’t help, instead use a gentle exfoliator twice a week.
Skincare shouldn’t just be about caring for your face, instead it should also be taking care of your body, too. Rather than taking a quick bath with lathering soaps, one should invest in an enriching body care routine, which should include bath along with body oils. This exfoliates your body’s skin, moisturises it and softens it.
The right order
Most important is to apply products in the right order. A lot of people just apply serums after moisturiser, or sunscreen before creams and serums. This is wrong, it might damage the skin. Always start the skincare routine with dermatologist recommended gels or serums, then apply moisturisers and then sunscreen/sunblock; make up should be applied on top of the sunblock.
40s also brings with it lot of oxidative damage from pollution and sun. And as a preventive measure, anti-oxidants should become a part of your skincare routine, as this will help prevents further damage. Along with anti-oxidants, one should also start using anti-ageing skincare products – with dermatologist’s recommendation, of course. You can also use cleansing milk or cleansing oils to wash and moisturise your skin and keep it healthy.
Hair is important too
Hair is considered the most integral aspect of forming the overall physical attractiveness of a woman. Healthy hair cultivates a confident persona, and, hence, recently there has been a rise in expenditure on hair care products, by both, men and women.
Both the genders have grown highly conscious about their hair styling, and prefer to indulge in fashion trends. And to give your hair a diva-like lustre and shine, you need not visit a hair salon; you can have similar results with home remedies as well. These home remedies can effectively treat different types of hair problems.
Brittle hair requires protein, which comes from consumption of eggs and poultry products. Volume can be infused in thin hair by eating of proteins, applying olive oil, which will soften and strengthen your tresses. Using avocado will moisturise the overall hair shaft, as it contains Vitamin E. Massaging hair scalp with castor oil is one of the best ways to add volume to hair naturally.
You can manage the frizz in your hair by taking certain measures. Use a mild shampoo followed by protein-based conditioner. Avoid washing your hair every day; twice or thrice a week will do. Refrain from using alcohol-based products as well, as they can dry your hair, pick up UV protection products instead. Suffer from split ends? Best solution is getting a routine hair trim. Massage your scalp with coconut oil. Papaya mask, which rich in proteins and maintains shine can be applied too. Another good product easily available at home is honey, best solution for restore moisture and managing dry hair.
Mayonnaise serves as a good conditioning source, all you have to do is apply half a cup of it, let it stay for 15 minutes, cover it with a shower cap and then wash it. If you are one of those who have oily scalp problem, wash your hair often or daily with a mild shampoo. Do not use anti-dandruff shampoos and try not to comb hair often as this will stimulate sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. Do not use conditioner, as oily hair doesn’t require a conditioner.
To get rid of dandruff, soak fenugreek seeds overnight, grind it into a fine paste, and apply the paste in the morning. Squeeze a tablespoon of lemon into the last rinse while washing. Curd massage and mixture of cider vinegar and water before washing will do the trick.
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