D ew O ver
These 10 simple skin-saving tips will
keep your face looking more
youthful, taut, and radiant.
by KELLY L PHILLIPS
othing can stop time,
but you don’t have
to resort to plastic
surgery to fend off its
effects. It turns out
that simple, daily, face-friendly habits
can have a big impact. But we’re not
talking about a major overhaul. Just
some basics—five ideas for day, five
for night. “Bottom line, make sure no
12-hour period passes without doing
something positive for your skin,” says
US-based dermatologist Jeffrey Dover.
Now get glowing.
O USE SUNSCREEN + ANTIOXIDANTS
Applying sunscreen is as essential
as brushing your teeth—summer or
winter, rain or shine, 365 days a year.
“If you’re stepping out of the door,
this is the absolute most important
thing you can do to keep from looking
older and to protect yourself against
skin cancer,” Dover says. However,
SPF alone isn’t enough. Recent studies
have shown that topical antioxidants,
the gold medallists of anti-agers,
enhance the efficacy of sunscreen.
There arc tons of antioxidants out
there (and new ones touted daily!),
including vitamins C and E, coffee
berry, green tea, and fruits such as
acai, blueberries, and pomegranate.
(And yes, you can eat your fill, too—
though applying them topically
offers the most immediate benefit
for skin.) Choose an antioxidant-
infused sunscreen for your skin. Also
remember to reapply if you are out in
the sun for a long period at a stretch.
Neutrogena Age Shield Sunblock
with Superior Anti-Aging Protection,
SPF 30, (with a blend of antioxidants),
Rs 450/118 ml; The Body Shop
Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer with
SPF 30, Rs 995/50 ml.
© WEAR SUNGLASSES
Less squinting equals fewer fine
lines and crow’s feet (and less risk of
cataracts, too). Choose a pair with
99% UVA and UVB protection, and
use them all year long. Remember
even on the cold days when you don’t
feel the heat, the sun is still there.
f t EXFOLIATE SELECTIVELY
Do it—but don’t overdo it. Exfoliation
sloughs away dead skin cells,
6 4 FEBRUARY 2011 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS
PHOTOGRAPH: ADRIANNA WILLIAMS/CORBIS; ADDITIONAL INPUTS: ANKITA A. TALWAR