HEALTH CHECK
Time-defying tactics
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Friday, February 03, 2012

In a society fo-
cused on youth, ageing remains a fact of life. Thankfully, scientific advancements and product innovations make it easier than ever to diminish dreaded signs of ageing.

Thinning hair is considered to be one of the most worrisome signs of ageing, second only to wrinkles. In a study conducted by Nioxin, a hair care range designed for thinning hair, it was discovered that women are particularly apprehensive about seeing their locks lose density.

Doctors and scientists know that as a person ages, changes occur from the head down, and it is important to practise an anti-ageing regimen that targets every area of the body. Leading dermatologist Dr Valerie Callender shares her top tips for looking youthful.

·         Get thicker, fuller looking hair: Full, healthy hair is the ultimate sign of youth and 87 per cent of women aged 18-55 feel a strong enough connection to their hair to consider it a part of their personality. But as chance might have it, many people experience hair thinning. “Thinning hair can be a result of poor scalp health,” says Callender. “It’s important to clean and refresh the scalp.”

·         Keep skin glowing: Not surprisingly, wrinkles are a major concern among women. The beauty industry is saturated with anti-ageing creams, serums and lotions, but most consumers aren’t reaping the maximum product benefits. To do so, it’s essential to exfoliate daily. “Dead skin cells build up and form a barrier, making it difficult for products to penetrate the various layers of skin,” cautions Callender. “Once you’ve created a clean base, protect your freshly glowing skin from the sun’s rays and free radicals by applying a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen year round.”

·         Eat right: A healthy diet affects not only weight, but can help maintain healthy, lustrous hair and glowing skin as well. “The right diet nourishes the entire body from the scalp down,” says Callender. A diet rich in protein and iron is essential for a healthy scalp, and foods full of antioxidants promote glowing skin. For this purpose, enjoy salmon and beans for healthy, lustrous hair, and blackberries, strawberries and plums for radiant skin.

·         Maintain a white, healthy smile: Stained and discoloured teeth can make you appear older and unhealthier than you are. Be sure to get teeth cleanings with a dental professional at least twice a year and floss at least once a day. Whitening toothpastes with peroxide are great for removing stains, and at-home teeth whitening strips are easier and more convenient to use than ever before. A smile says a lot about a person, so be sure to keep it healthy and youthful.

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