- 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.
- 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.