Suncreen and retinoids hailed as best defences against ageing

Attractive woman with dark complexionSwearing by sunscreen and relying on retinoids have been hailed as two of the main weapons to help combat ageing by an influential Indian website. The Times of India has published an article which outlines simple steps which anyone worried about the ageing effects of the sun on their skin can take to prevent the tell-tale signs of the problem. Fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots can all be kept at bay by applying a sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going out of the house, the article suggests. And even when indoors, it says, ultra-violet rays can cause skin damage, by reflecting off shiny surfaces in the house.On the other hand, the article notes, retinoid, first used as an acne remedy cream in the 1970s, not only helps encourage skin cell regeneration, but also boosts the natural production of skin-protecting collagen, helps reduce the appearance of fine skin lines, and improves the skin's elasticity. On a day-to-day basis, it says, exfoliation helps keep skin pores clear, so preventing blackheads, and in turn, this helps encourage the rejuvenation process.