Worried about wrinkles and fine lines? Don’t, because looking younger has never been easier. Well known cosmetologist DR JAMUNA PAI tells you how.

Good genes, a healthy lifestyle and skilful beauty enhancement can slow the clock of ageing but nobody can stop it ticking. Though we all believe in a holistic approach to beauty and ageing gracefully, society demands a youthful and physical beauty.

In an era where the need for physical beauty has overtaken most things, safe medical technology, nutritional supplements of plant origin or herbal in nature, tried and tested cosmo-ceuticals in the form of night creams and sunscreens, lasers certified for a particular skin type, skin tightening through heat and light, acne treatment and scar removal through safe peels, skin brightening for those who want it, minimally invasive procedures that are U.S.-FDA approved like Botox, dermal fillers and many others are a boon to mankind.

Why not go for it?

I firmly believe that, if the machines, treatments and medications have a safe and proven track record and one can afford it, then why not avail of the services of the best and most experienced in the line, as all these treatments require a great amount of expertise as well as experience.

Jaw contouring or making the jaw appear thinner to remove the face’s square look, controlling migraine attacks for nearly a year each time, taking control of excessive underarm sweating and of the hands and feet, freshening the face by reducing the few lines on it, increasing the length of the neck can all be achieved with Botox. And it takes an experienced doctor only five to 10 minutes.

Ageing means losing fat or volume from the face leading to sunken eyes, hollowing of the cheeks, bony hands, drooping mouth. These can be corrected with deep dermal fillers with only topical anaesthetics and the whole contouring of the cheeks, eyes, nose and chin can be achieved taking away all those years of stress and strain from your face. Even the lips can be ‘plumped’ to a youthful look. A receding hairline or even scanty hair becomes a problem with the ageing process. There is hair transplant, hair extensions, weaving and wig pieces that transforms you to a more youthful you.

In this era, looking decades younger than your chronological age has never been easier!

The natural way

Everyone wants to look young and feel good. There are plenty of products that will help you but there are better ways to stop the biological clock. With our body being regenerative, beauty and ageing is more about your inside than what you put on the outside; the power to reverse your age lies with you.

Start with giving your fridge a facelift. Skip processed foods, pasta, breads, pastry and baked goods. Include garlic and onions to help the liver eliminate toxins and carcinogens.

Barley’s high fibre content can help metabolise fats, cholesterol and carbohydrates. Beans and lentils help reduce cholesterol while piling on the antioxidants, folic acid and potassium.

Fruits like apples, strawberries, grapes and raspberries have anti-ageing properties. Both bell and chilli peppers contain antioxidants and have twice as much Vitamin C as citrus fruit. They work as great fat burners.

With the Omega-3 fats, you will never go wrong with a handful of nuts a day. Sprouts are great source of protein and Vitamin C. Watch your immune system get an instant boost.

The healthy bacteria in yogurt aids immune function and its calcium content helps burn fat.

Sugar causes inflammation that can result in stiff, inflexible, sagging skin. Substitute tea or coffee with a cup of green tea and drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day for good health and beautiful skin.

Commit to exercise. No one wants to hear this, but exercise is vital to prevent skin sagging. It wards off depression too. Make time for at least 10 minutes of exercise everyday. Alternate with aerobics and yoga for maximum results.

Create constantly. Keep your self busy and occupied with something constructive. A busy mind helps regenerate brain cells and stimulates and expands brain power.

Think positive. Keep negativity at bay… make the effort to think positive at all times

Your skin reflects your inner health. Keep it clean, take vitamins, and avoid going out in the sun as exposure to UV radiations changes the skin’s structure. Use a good sunscreen with the right SPF.

Stop smoking. It is not only bad for your health but it also makes the skin age faster.

Sleep well. Sleeping produces more HGH (human growth hormone) which is beneficial to your skin. Try sleeping on your back to avoid wrinkles.

The writer is a Mumbai-based leading Cosmetologist and Managing Director of the Blush chain of cosmetic clinics.