A to Z Guide to Mature Skincare # 3
In this final part of the A to Z guide of mature skincare, we take you through letters T to Z of skincare. Hope you find it informative and are able to integrate some, if not all of these in your regular skincare regimens.
Tanaka Massage- Can a facial massage help you arrest time and maintain your glow forever? Well Japanese definitely seem to believe so. Yukuko Tanaka, a sixty three year old Japanese make-up artist is the brain behind the eponymous Tanaka Face Contouring and Anti-Aging Massage which promises to prevent and reduce wrinkles, add radiance to your skin, remove puffiness and even sculpt the face. This outrageously popular massage has found many Asian celebrity endorser and we won’t argue with their claims given how gorgeous these women are. A must for women beyond 30, self facial massages like Tanaka improves blood circulation and relaxes and rejuvenates the skin to maintain its elasticity and accelerating its regenerative properties.
UV Rays- If you smirked at the mention of UV Rays in the list thinking that you got that covered with your sunscreen it’s time to re-think. There are multiple beauty treatments provided by salons which involve the use of UV rays. Gel manicures, tanning beds and alopecia (baldness/ hairfall) treatments all use the harmful UV rays for various purposes which accelerates skin damage and can even cause cancers. Since knowledge is power; it’s always a good idea to have a detailed discussion with your beautician on the ingredients and procedures involved in your beauty treatment and its likely effects on your skin before choosing to undergo the treatment.
Vitamins- Chapped lips; cracked heels; dull and tired skin, chipped nails, lifeless hair! If any of these sound familiar, you might be suffering from a vitamin deficiency. Post 30s, most women start suffering from one or the other vitamin deficiency as the body’s ability to supply nutrients from our food to vital organs deteriorate. Topical application and oral dosage of important vitamins such as A, B3, C and E could help supplement body’s deficiency for radiant, healthy skin and hair. However, it’s advisable to always consult a doctor prior to starting a vitamin course.
Water- The humble water plays a pivotal role in accelerating your quest for that perfect skin. A powerful de-toxifier, drinking optimum amounts of water help flush out toxins from the body bringing a healthy glow to your face. It keeps the skin moisturized and supple, filling out fine lines and wrinkles. Also since drinking water gives a feeling of fullness it could aid in bringing you closer to your weight loss goals. It also lubricates cartilage and joints for smooth body movement. But remember to not be blinded by the 8 glasses of water a day rule. Everybody has a different optimum water intake level. The easiest way to find out whether you have been drinking enough water is to check the colour of your urine. If it’s a light almost transparent yellow, then you are golden. If not, then darker the hue, more dehydrated you are.
Xanthophyll- A naturally occurring yellow pigment of the carotenoid group, Xanthophyll finds usage as a skin conditioner. It is also an antioxidant which protects the skin from free radical damage and finds extensive usage in mature skincare creams, sunblocks and de-pigmentation treatments.
Ylang Ylang- As we grow, the skin’s natural oil balance gets disturbed leading to excessively dry or oily skin. That’s why Ylang Ylang oil made it to this list and soon should make way into your beauty cabinet. This miraculous oil, derived from the native Ylang Ylang tree found in Asia works as natural balancer to correct the oil imbalances of the skin. Its soothing fragrance calms the body, reduces stress and act as an aphrodisiac. What’s more, it’s an effective remedy for preventing acne making it a highly recommended essential oil by the beauty experts.
Zinc- If we could appoint a wingman for the skin, we would unanimously pick Zinc. Everyday our skin is exposed to various damaging conditions- free radicals, environmental stress, bacterial infections, poor nutrition, stress and much more. All these factors leave the skin damaged and in need for some TLC. While our skin has natural regenerative and repair abilities, it requires Zinc to aid this process. Post 30, it is this ability of skin to repair and rejuvenate itself which slows down leading to first signs of skin change to appear. Including foods rich in Zinc such as green leafy vegetables, sea food, pumpkin seeds etc could help enhance the skin’s restoration abilities thereby delaying the skin change process. Zinc oxide also works as a potent sunblock and helps in faster healing of wounds and lightening scar marks. It also works as an astringent to tighten pores and remove excessive oil from the skin making this magical element a true all-rounder for the skin.