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Skin care for various ages

SKIN CARE is different for different age groups. Here is what everyone from the age of 12 and 50 could do:

Up to age 12:

If you have normal skin with no dry spots or blackheads, then there isn't any problem. But remember not to neglect the skin at any point of time. Always use a good soap or face wash. Wash your face twice — in the morning and the evening. Wash well to remove even the last trace of soap and splash with cold water. Apply light moisturising baby lotion to protect the skin and keep it soft.

Teenage years:

The skin is prone to hormonal changes during these years. It results in an outburst of acne. The skin is otherwise supple and firm. It is also inclined to be shiny with open pores and blackheads.

To fight against this excess, do the following:

Follow an appropriate cleaning routine to keep the pores free of clogged sebum. Wash your face twice a day in warm water using a non-alkaline soap or face wash.

If you use make-up, remove it with a liquid make-up remover at night and complete the procedure by using an astringent. Natural astringents, such as rosewater, cucumber juice or lemon juice mixed with water, will also do. For acne problem, apply an anti-pimple/acne cream or paste of sandalwood and leave it on during the night. Wash it away in the morning.

In the morning, after washing the face, freshen your skin with a skin tonic having a small content of spirit. Then apply a moisturising lotion specially formulated for oily skin or calamine lotion. For acne, wipe your face with an anti-acne lotion. Let this lotion dry naturally. If you do not want to use an acne lotion, use an astringent or rose water. Apply calamine lotion.

Skin care for various ages

Use face packs once a week. Beat one egg white and add a few drops of lemon. Apply it on the face. Keep it on for 15 minutes and wash.

Twice a week, treat your skin to a face scrub. Mix oats with milk, apply on the face and scrub in a circular motion. Concentrate on clogged pores and blackhead areas. Wash thoroughly with hot water.

From 20 to 35:

Oily skin is an ongoing problem; so, as long as it persists, frequent washing with soap and water can help. This is also the time when you may again get acne. So, follow the cleansing routine. Large pores are another problem you will experience during these years because oily skin and acne contribute to this condition.

To control open pores, use astringent or rose water daily. Another thing you can do is to mix tomato juice and honey and apply on the skin daily for 10 minutes and rinse.

This is the time when you spend your time outdoors, walking and swimming to keep fit. The amount of sun/UV radiation you expose yourself to should be kept in check. Use a good sunscreen with SPF of 15 and above. Follow the routine given below:

20s:

Select a skin-care routine according to your skin type. Cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day. Protect your skin from the sun and pollutants. Remember to remove all make-up before bedtime. Establish a healthy lifestyle of balanced diet at regular times. Take care to have eight hours of sleep.

Early 30s:

Have regular salon facials to cleanse and tone the skin. If you have dry skin, moisturise it daily. Pay special attention to the area around the eyes. Start using specialised products for cleansing and nourishing. These are child-bearing years and women are prone to Chloasma (hyper-pigmentation). If pigmentation worsens, seek the help of a dermatologist. Avoid the sun. If you go out, use a sunscreen.

35 to 50:

Your skin starts getting thinner and less elastic. It begins to show changes in pigment. You begin to have set grooves on the upper lip, around your eyes and forehead. The skin glands become sluggish.

Follow this routine:

Regular exfoliation with masks or scrubs helps to step-up cell renewal and removal of dead skin. Mix oats and milk and apply on the face and let it dry. Rub in a circular motion and wash. Apply this scrub once a week. Salon facials, with massage, toning and nourishing should be done once a month. Follow an intensive regime of moisturising the skin.

50s:

Wrinkles and creases show prominently during the 50s. The skin becomes extremely dry. Dark brown spots become common.

Do the following:

Once a week, apply a face pack. Take malai (milk cream), add a few drops of lavender oil. Apply on your face, keep it on for 20 minutes and wash with warm water. For exfoliation, use the oats and milk scrub once a week. A standard moisturiser is not enough.

Make a scrub of crushed almonds, add � spoon of a nourishing cream and massage well into your skin. Keep it on for 15 to 30 minutes and then wash. Separate the yolk from the white of an egg. Add a little olive oil to the yolk and beat. Spread the mixture evenly on your face and neck. Leave on for 25 minutes and wash with lukewarm water. Try almond oil with few drops of essential oil of patcholi and apply in the morning and at night, and then apply moisturiser. Pay more attention to the neck and use upward massage strokes. Continue daily care of the region around the eyes.

Remember your face is a mirror to your personality. Take care of it.

LILY MADHOK