Mother Nature has made this vicious life cycle of birth and death. In between birth and death, there are multiple phases such as childhood, adolescence, youth, etc and as we cross each phase our priorities change, our thinking matures and we become better in understanding the purpose of life. Contrary to the development in thinking process, with time our physical strength starts degrading. The body loses its strength and skin ages. Today’s quest for the fountain of youth is inspiring scientists to conduct genetic studies but there is not much we can do to deter these developments from happening. The best we can do is deferring the physical degradation to live and enjoy life the way we want and till we can. In today’s post I will specifically talk about skin ageing. As I have said growing old is an inevitable phenomenon and so is wrinkling. We cannot stop our skin from getting wrinkled but by following these simple tips we can prevent the early signs of ageing and defer the phenomenon.
Ideally we should be taking care of our skin throughout the life cycle but after mid 20’s it becomes imperative to focus on skin needs. Fine lines are the first signs of ageing, and surface on neck and forehead. Open pores are not exactly a sign of ageing as they are quite prevalent on oily skin but on normal to dry skin as the skin ages pores becomes visible and this can be regarded as another sign. These tips will help in preventing fine lines and open pores, as well as reducing them.
1) Change your eating/drinking habits: Diet plays an essential role in maintaining youthful skin and deferring ageing. As people say “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” so we should pay a lot of attention to what we consumer. Healthy eating habits encompass less of junk food & deep fried food, and more of fruits & vegetables. Replacing regular tea with chamomile and green tea will further increase the intake of beneficial ingredients that help in improving the skin and keeping it healthy. You can read the full posts on beauty benefits of drinking green tea and chamomile tea.
2) Drink water: The average adult human body is 50-65% water, and to keep it fit we need to drink at least 14-15 glasses of water every day. Water helps in flushing out toxic substances, and keeps the body & skin hydrated. People who drink lots of water will always have natural glow on their skin. On another note, drinking water also aids in losing weight given we maintain a gap of at least half an hour in drinking and eating.
3) Moisturize: Just like the body, skin needs to be fed to maintain its agility. We should moisturize the skin, especially before going to bed. Invest in good quality moisturizer that suit the skin type and apply it regularly. From mid-20’s we can start including face serum in daily skin care regime. Face serums contain high concentration of active ingredients that are quite beneficial for skin. They repair the skin fast and keep it healthy.
4) Homemade packs and scrubs: I keep sharing homemade scrubs and face pack remedies time and again as I believe that what we can prepare at home has no comparison with ready-made products. Homemade remedies are free of chemicals, preservatives and make use of fresh ingredients. For fine lines and pores, face packs and scrubs made using curd and fuller’s earth (multani mitti) are beneficial. The lactic acid in curd dissolves the impurities present in the pores, and helps in curbing pore size and reducing fine lines. Fuller’s earth keeps a check on oil secretion and acts as an anti-ageing agent.
5) Workouts: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise” I am sure you must have heard of this idiom ‘n’ times before. In the hectic lifestyle sometimes priorities get a toll on good habits but that does not mean we should ignore our health. If not in the morning then at least in the evening we should take some time out for physical activity such as brisk walk, cardio or exercise. When the body sweats, pores become free of impurities, and that in turn helps in skin-breathing and new cell generation. Even a half-an-hour walk will do good than no physical activity at all.
6) Exfoliation: Exfoliation is the removal of dry or dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. It increases blood circulation, which in turn helps in the formation of new skin cells. It is one of the most important aspects of home skincare routine. To get good results, you regularly exfoliate your skin either using homemade or ready-made scrubs/exfoliators.
7) Avoid excess washing: No matter how oily the skin is we should never wash it more than twice a day. Excess washing dries out the skin and makes it look dull. In addition, it leads to excess production of oils that makes the skin greasy and pores appear highly engorged.
8) Apply sunscreen: Sunscreen is one skin care product that we should never skip. We should apply sunscreen at least half an hour before stepping out of the house; even if we have to stay indoors we should not skip sunscreen. Harmful UVA/UVB rays are omnipresent they see no boundaries, no clouds, no rainy season. According to a research conducted by dermatologists, they examined images of skin on the back of the subjects’ hands at the start of the study and again at the end, (which were four-and-a-half years later). They observed that people who had used sunscreen showed 24% less signs of skin aging than those who did not use. Thus, it is essential to apply a good layer of sunscreen to keep the aging signs at bay.
I hope you find these tips useful!
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