What to expect in an anti-ageing cream?

Ageing is an inevitable and irreversible process. Prevention is the easiest and most cost-effective approach. Most of the patients come asking whether they should start the regime or wait for some time. I suggest the earlier you start, the better it is. While buying your anti ageing cream please look for the following components and i shall try to elucidate their benefits as well.


The market is flooded with so many serums and gels claiming to be pure Vitamin C. Why do we need topical and not oral alone?

Humans lack the enzyme required for synthesizing Vitamin C on its own and hence need to acquire from natural sources. 

Are there any types of Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is found as Ascorbic acid and D- ascorbic acid. The former is the active form which is useful as an antioxidant.

What is the role of Vitamin C?

when the skin is exposed to UV light leading to formation of reactive oxygen species(ROS) , Vitamin C scavenges the free radicals preventing cell injury. (The oxidized form left behind can be converted to Vit C by enzymes in presence of glutathione).

Isn’t a sunscreen alone effective in preventing U V Damage?

Sunscreens block only 55% of the free radicals but does not help in their neutralization. Hence a combination of topical Vitamin C along with sunscreen will provide more effective photo protection.

Does it help in preventing ageing also?

Apart from sun protection it also helps in collagen production hence helping with wrinkling and other signs of ageing.

Can it be used as a bleaching agent?

It does help in decrease of melanin (responsible for pigmentation) production and can be used in which is combination with other skin lightening agents.

Which is the best formulation of topical Vitamin C?

it is available as a variety of creams, serums and patches. The serum is the only colourless form of Vit C which gets oxidised to Dehydroascorbic acid giving it a yellow colour.
it is stable at pH of 3.5 and gets transported to the skin. It is bioavailable in the skin only upto 4 days and hence needs to be applied regularly. It is more stable if combined with Ferulic acid.the absorption increases after laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion.

What are the other benefits of Vitamin C?

it is of special use in people who smoke to reverse ageing and can be applied in stretch marks along with other treatments.

Are the serums containing Vitamin C and E better than single ones?

Vitamin c stabilises and regenerates vitamin E and has added benfit of moisturising properties. I would recommend the combination especially in a dry skin.
I would be writing about more of these commonly found products on the shelf in the coming days for enhance understanding of the realantiageing creams which are really effective.

Q- How to prevent split ends?

Split ends are caused due to disruption of the outer protective covering of the hair by daily wear and tear incurred as a result of faulty handling of the hair fibres. Tight hairstyling like braids , ponytails or buns, use of hairclips and other styling practices should be avoided. Avoid practices like blow drying , straightening or use of hot combs. Use a good conditioning agent over the hair body after every hair wash along with oiling (avoid oil application on the scalp though) once a week is ideal. Regular trimming of the hair ends should be done every two to three months.

Q-Can stress cause dandruff?

Stress can increase dandruff by increasing the oiliness of the scalp. The incidence of dandruff is hence much higher in urban than rural population.

Q-How to prevent Dandruff?

Dandruff is caused due to colonisation of the scalp by Malassezia furfur (normal resident of the scalp) which feeds on the natural oils (sebum) produced by the oil glands.
A)To prevent dandruff, avoid oiling the scalp as it is not caused due to dryness ( Perhaps this is the biggest myth associated with Dandruff).
B)Use a shampoo or scalp cleanser containing Ketoconazole/Zinc Pyrithione twice or thrice a week.
C)Apply shampoo on the scalp rather than hair and rinse thoroughly.

Q- Can Dandruff cause hair fall?

Dandruff cannot cause severe hairfall or thinning or baldness but can coexist due to other causes. Often the symptom is scalp itching due to inflammation.

Q-What to eat for healthy hair?

Hair is made up of protein which is the most essential backbone for any hair treatment. Egg, sprouts, pulses, protein bars or drinks are a must along with anti-oxidant rich foods like Dryfruits, pomegranate, citrus fruits .Egg white particularly is a good source of biotin. Low fat dairy products like milk, cheese and buttermilk are good sources of Vitamin B12 too. Iron rich foods like dates, beetroot, liver (chicken and lamb) should be take in more quantity. Omega three rich food sources like walnuts, flaxseeds and canola oil add to the strength of the hair. A right combination of these foods with regular meal times to enhance absorption of the nutrients is a must for healthy hair.

Q- Is it healthy to wash your hair everyday?

Keeping the scalp clean is a must for growth of healthy hair. It is generally recommended to atleast wash hair twice a week but if the scalp is too oily or exposed to increased levels of dust and pollution, a daily wash with mild shampoo is not harmful. Please choose a mild shampoo,( preferably sulphate and parabens free) along with a conditioning agent to prevent split ends and hair damage.

Q- How to grow hair faster?

Consume more proteins as compared to carbohydrates in your daily diet. Add beneficial fats like omega three along with Antioxidants to your diet. Use a sulphate and parabens free shampoo with good conditioner containing hydrolysed protein for your mane. Avoid chemical treatments and cosmetics containing harmful constituents like waxes. You can consult your dermatologist to recommend a good serum containing natural constituents like procapixyl and anagain which help in improving the hair growth with minimal side effects.

Q- Can psoriasis cause hair loss?

No, Psoriasis cannot cause hair loss except if the scalp is scratched rigorously. In that case as well, the hair regrows.

Q- How to prevent early greying or canitis?

Canitis can be hereditary or acquired in which Vitamin B12 deficiency is the commonest cause.Calcium pantothenate supplements are helpful in preventing the progression. Melitane is being used topically in the prevention of early greying as well.

Q- Can fungal infection cause hair loss?

Fungal infection can be a cause of hairloss in children but it is generally reversible except in severe cases like kerion. It is highly unusual to see fungal infection of the scalp in adults as increased sebaceous gland activity prevents the colonisation of fungus.

Q- Can shampoo be used daily?

Shampoos can be used daily as a clean scalp provides the right milieu for hair growth. But the daily shampoo has to be chosen carefully. It should be parades free and Preferably even free from Sulphates which can dry the hair body if used regularly.

Q- Can baldness be cured?

Baldness or androgenetic alopecia can be treated and controlled as I consider it to be more of a tendency than disease. It can be successfully tackled with long term measures.

Q- Is chemical peel painful?

Chemical peel is a painless and office procedure with most of them requiring no downtime.

Q- How to cure skin tags?

Skin tags are generally a result of genetic tendency or sometimes impaired glucose metabolism. A healthy diet with an active lifestyle especially weight loss in certain cases goes a long way to prevent further skin tags. But existing ones need to be removes using electrofulguration or Co2 laser.

Q- Are warts contagious?

Warts are caused by a virus known as human papilloma virus or HPV. It has a property of autoinoculuation , hence can spread to the parts easily.

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