BEAUTY: Slow down the ageing process

Age catches up with everyone, but it is nothing to be scared of if you develop the habit of practising age management techniques. Take good care of yourself if you want to age gracefully. Here are some tips on how to accomplish this every day.

START EARLY

Skin care ought to start as early as 25 years of age. The common skin myth around the world that “black don’t crack” only applies to dark-skinned people who live far from the equator, such as Afro-Americans.

For those of us in Kenya, the sun is especially damaging even when the weather is not sunny. Living in the tropics means that the sun’s rays get to us faster than they reach other places.

For this reason, sun protection should be your first line of defense. Wearing sunscreen and avoiding excessive exposure to the sun will pay dividends later in life.

Drinking plenty of water, eating foods rich in vitamin A, and getting enough sleep will keep you looking younger.

READ BETWEEN THE LINES

Be careful when selecting products. The term “anti-ageing” is misleading because it implies that the product or regimen will stop, cure or reverse the natural aging process.

Look for products with honest labeling and believable claims. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the US passed a law whereby manufacturers cannot claim that products “remove wrinkles”, or “restore a youthful complexion”.

This gives the impression that they are guaranteed to work. Instead, they are required to state that products simply “improve the appearance of fine lines”.

AGE MANAGEMENT TREATMENTS

Non-surgical facelifts play a role in helping to improve the skin’s appearance together with other measures.

According to Lucy Wahome, an aesthetician specialising in age management facials, these treatments boost the skin’s ability to remain resilient and firm by stimulating collagen production.

When the skin produces more collagen, it starts firming up. It is not possible to introduce collagen into the skin by using creams; it is only possible by electro-stimulation.

The only other option is to go under the knife, which is invasive and carries risks. The ideal time to start on the treatments is as soon as you notice fine lines developing and loose areas of skin forming.

Do not wait until it is too late to start the repairs. A consultation with Lucy will include advice on diet and exercise as well as the correct products to use to support the facial.