QUICK FACTS

Skin

  • Use an appropriate face wash meant for your skin type and wash twice a day.
  • Use cleansers at night to remove make up and dirt before using a face wash.
  • Use sunscreen everyday even if you are indoors – the sun’s UVA rays come through windows too and contribute to aging, pigmenting and tanning. Ideally, sunscreen should be applied every three hours.
  • Make up products like foundations, mineral powders and compacts do not have adequate sun protection.
  • Extrinsic factors produce Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), which are naughty oxygen molecules that damage the cells and make them age faster. Anti-oxidants neutralise these ROS
  • At night, use a moisturiser with an age-protecting agent.
  • For younger skin, look for ingredients with antioxidants like vitamins C, E or a whole range of botanicals like green tea, grapeseed or pomegranate extract, curcumin, etc. You might also like to look out for the following: Genistein, ECGC, Resveratrol, Idebenone and Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10.
  • For older skin, look for the following ingredients: peptides, vitamin A and derivatives like retinol and other retinoids, Alpha, beta and polyhydroxy acids.
  • Humans have about the same number of hair follicles as a chimpanzee has.
  • In a lifetime, an average man will shave 20,000 times.
  • Hair is made from the same substance as fingernails.
  • The first hair dryer was a vacuum cleaner that was used for drying hair.

HAIR

  • Use a volumizing shampoo. These shampoos tend to contain ingredients like protein that coat the hair, making the hair appear fuller.
  • Avoid any shampoo labeled “conditioning shampoo.” These contain heavy conditioners that can weigh down the hair and make it look limp.
  • Use a conditioner formulated for fine hair. These contain lighter formulas that will not weigh down hair.
  • Use conditioner primarily on the ends of your hair. Applying conditioner to your scalp and all of your hair tends to weigh down hair.
  • Avoid conditioners labeled ‘intensive conditioners.’ These are too heavy.
  • Try a new hairstyle. Some haircuts make hair look fuller. An experienced stylist can tell you what will work for you.
  • Wash oily hair more frequently.
  • Concentrate shampoo on the scalp.
  • Use conditioner after every shampoo.
  • Choose a shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for your hair type.
  • Protect hair when swimming.