Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Beauty Q: Lines on teenage skin

A 16-year-old girl has wrinkles; a 10-year-old boy has moles/pimples – what should they do?

I LOOK after my skin and use a moisturiser around my eyes before going to bed, but I still see fine lines.

My eyes tend to crease at the edges when I smile so I’m left with lines near my eyes. The lines look very deep, so when I smile, I look much older than 16. I know it’s not uncommon for teenagers to have eyebags, but surely not wrinkles?

I really don’t want to know what my eyes will look like when I’m much older. I don’t get sufficient sleep sometimes, so could this be the reason? Or is it sun damage? What’s causing this sudden increase in wrinkles? Will it go away if I take better care of it? Is something wrong with me as I’m just a teenager?Elaine

At your age, it’s highly likely that the fines lines are due to genetics or caused by some sort of medical condition (for example, an allergy triggering eczema), says Hubert W. Hoi, head of training at Caudalie.

Rubbing and tugging at the delicate skin under the eye due to allergies, crying, eye make-up removal, and insertion and removal of contact lenses can contribute to sagging of the skin in this area.

Generally, the skin around the eye is much thinner than the skin on the rest of the face. Due to the fewer number of oil glands around the eyes, this part of the face is more likely to show premature signs of ageing if it is neglected.

The skin around the eyes is under the strain of 22 muscles in perpetual motion and 10,000 blinks per day. Fine lines and deep wrinkles as well as traces of tiredness, may appear prematurely.

To ensure that the skin around the eye area stays smooth, drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun, wear sunglasses to avoid squinting, get sufficient sleep and use a good professionally recommended skincare product for the eye area.

Use lightweight eye creams with ingredients packed with antioxidants as these are designed to protect your skin against free radical damage which can damage cell membrane as well as normal cells by robbing them of oxygen. Pollution, UV light, smoking and daily stress can trigger the production of free radicals.

Try Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti wrinkle eye and lip cream. This double-action gel-cream reduces dark circles and smoothens the area around the eyes and lips. It has polyphenol and vitamin C antioxidant; the anti-wrinkle formula is enriched with Matrixyl 3000 and fern, horse chestnut, liquorice and witch hazel extracts.

The eye cream provides instant moisture as well as tightening and smoothing action.

Caudalie is giving Elaine a Polyphenol C15 Anti wrinkle eye and lip cream worth RM140.

My son is 10 years old and has fair skin. Both his cheeks developed light brown moles/freckles four years ago and the number of moles have increased over the years.

Recently, a pimple popped up on his left cheek and it’s still there after many weeks. I experienced pimples and blackheads throughout my teens and early adulthood. Understandably, I’m hoping to minimise the effects of similar skin problems in my son.

If possible, I’d like to start him on the right skincare regimen at his young age. I would appreciate your advice on the type of skincare product to use and the right regimen to counter these moles/freckles and pimples. I’m wary of purchasing over-the-counter products for him. Elizabeth

According to Denise Go, The BodyShop trainer, some moles are present at birth. However, freckles can develop after a person has been exposed to sunlight and people with fair skin are more likely than others to develop them. Most moles/freckles are genetic, they appear in early childhood and during the first 30 years of a person’s life.

Let’s talk about the importance of skin pH. Our pores are made up of a combination of oil and sweat glands to keep our skin healthy and elastic.

The “acid mantle” is the slightly acidic layer on the skin which acts as a protective layer for the body against invading bacteria. This defence layer develops at puberty when we start producing more hair on our body, and the sebaceous oil glands are activated at the same time. This changes the pH of our skin to somewhere between 4.5 and 6.2, which is the normal pH range for the skin.

Children are usually more susceptible to diseases, viruses and fungal infections, because their skin pH is closer to the neutral pH of 7.

By our late teens to early 20s, our acid mantle becomes better developed and provides good protection against potentially harmful, external environmental factors.

For a 10-year-old who’s entering the early stages of puberty, he should not be using anything other than a gentle soap or cleanser. Ordinary soap is highly alkaline and will not only dry out the skin, but harm the acid mantle that helps to protect the skin from infection. Go with products that use natural ingredients that are gentle on the skin. The main thing is to keep the skin clean.

Try The Bodyshop Aloe Gentle Facial Wash that’s a rich, yet mild soap-free cleansing foam. It gently rinses away impurities and daily grime; soothes and calms sensitive skin.

Freckles tend to appear on parts of the skin that are exposed to the sun. Therefore, ensure that he uses ample sun protection to prevent new freckles from appearing. The Bodyshop Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF15 is a gentle non-greasy moisture lotion that hydrates, soothes and protects skin with SPF15.

The BodyShop will be giving Elizabeth’s son an Aloe Gentle Facial Wash and Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF15 altogether worth RM122.

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