Aging is a natural process which all people face but what is important is to age gracefully. Aging cannot be prevented but can be slowed to some extent by maintaining a healthy regimen. Over a period of time, our skin, which is most exposed to the harsh environment, bears the brunt of damage resulting from internal stress, harsh rays of the sun, diseases, our lifestyle/habits, inherited genes etc. As we grow older our skin begins to reflect these damages in the form of premature wrinkles, sagging skin, the proverbial crow’s feet, laugh lines etc. on our face. But if we start taking care of our skin at an early stage we can go a long way in giving our skin the firmness and suppleness which it so deserves.
Actually, there are so many natural remedies for prevention of wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, dull skin etc. right in our own house– on our kitchen shelf. The great array of natural products which are found in the kitchen are not only easily available and reliable (as you have full knowledge about the composition of the product you are using) but are free from harmful chemicals and are also cheap. There is no heavy investment either! Let us see some natural remedies of aging which are not only safe but show immediate results on the skin.
Honey: Honey is an excellent moisturizer. Mix one or two teaspoons honey with rose water , leave it on your face, neck and those areas which are dry for 15-20 minutes and wash off with tepid water. Regularly done, this will provide firmness to your facial skin and keep away the wrinkles. This pack if applied regularly will cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin and keep it glowing and young.
Goji berries/wolf berries: Goji berries contain 8 essential amino acids(proteins). They are devoid of carbohydrates but contain polysaccharides. These berries have certain substances in them which prevent the loss of cells from our body. They help in the development of new cells and hence used against aging. This fruit has 21 trace minerals and 19 amino acids, Zn, selenium, phosphorous, Ca, germanium and also the very important Vitamin E. This fruit is also rich in Vitamin C and has carcinogenic properties. So we can see what a powerhouse it is. If taken regularly can help us to maintain our youthfulness.
Olive Oil: It is rich in Vitamin E which is very good for our skin. It is generally believed that dry skin hastens aging. Thus drying of the skin can be controlled by regular use of olive oil. This oil can be taken both internally as well as externally. Olive oil can be used as cooking oil which if used regularly helps control weight and cholesterol. This can be used as bath oil too which will rejuvenate our skin. It can be used as a moisturizer/cream. It replenishes natural oils in our skin. It can be used in beauty masks. We should take 1 tsp. orange juice, some rose water, 1 tsp. olive oil, drops of lemon juice; mix them in a batter of egg yolk. Apply this on your skin and stay so for 15-20 minutes and wash away with cold water. This treatment if done regularly will make the skin supple, smooth and firm thus ironing out the wrinkles.
Carrots : Carrots contain Vitamin A, anti oxidants , minerals etc. They are fibrous so help in general health. Since carrots have so many properties they are included in our diet to control diseases and also help against aging.
Limes : Limes contain Vitamin C which help in slowing down the aging process. It is a natural antibiotic. If consumed regularly, limes can rejuvenate our skin.
Potatoes : The lovable potato also comes to our rescue for erasing wrinkles. Cut two slices of potato and keep them on your eyes. Done regularly, the dark circles under the eyes can be lightened. Again, if we grind raw potato and mix it with apple sauce and apply the same regularly on our face for 15-20 minutes, we will see a noticeable change on our face in a few months time. This will lift our sagging skin and give it a youthful glow.
Tomatoes : Mix tomato puree, lentil flour, ½ tsp. of lemon juice, turmeric paste and apply on your face for 15-20 minutes regularly. This is an anti-aging remedy. Again, you can add tomatoes, lentils, lemons etc. in your daily diet to maintain a good health. The Lycopene in tomatoes also lightens and helps in erasing age spots, blemishes on our skin.
Papaya/banana : Mash papaya or banana and apply the mixture on your face. This is a wonderful facial for tightening the skin.
Thus we can see that if we maintain a healthy diet and a certain discipline in our life we can maintain our youthfulness, facial glow and be healthy with the help of natural products without fear of any side effects.
What are anti-oxidants and how do they help in anti ageing?
Anti oxidant is a molecule which prevents oxidation of other molecules. How do the anti oxidants really help? These anti oxidants stand like mountains in the path of free radicals. Now, what are free radicals? Free radicals are radicals that are charged and enter the body by pollution, smoking, eating certain foodstuffs and want an electron from our cells to stabilize themselves. These are oxygen free radicals and try to take an electron from the cells in our body. Now if this process continues, there will be oxidation damage to our body which can lead to a number of conditions like premature aging and a host of health concerns like cancer. This can be prevented by the presence of anti oxidants.
Anti oxidants are very important to keep not only our skin healthy but also for overall health. They are good anti aging properties. They keep diseases at bay. Therefore, we should always include foods rich in anti-oxidants like vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, meat etc. in our diet. One of the antioxidants is Vitamin C which is found in plenty in oranges, lemons, Indian gooseberries, fish, beef, cereals, green tea etc. Another anti oxidant is Vitamin A which again is of 3 types. They are Vit A1, Vit A2 and Vit A3. These are readily found in green tea, sweet potatoes, egg yolks, milk, carrot, mozzarella cheese etc. Another antioxidant enzyme is selenium which is found in rice and wheat. Lutein is another anti-oxidant which again is very good for the eyes and is found in carrots, spinach, kale etc.
There is a tendency to buy readily available anti oxidants and vitamin supplements from the market. But it is always better to consume natural vegetables and fruits which are rich in these as our body absorbs these natural ingredients more easily. So from this we can conclude that to look evergreen we have to follow a very simple but disciplined life. Some of the tips for a happy skin are :
- Try to catch a minimum of 7 hrs. sleep every night.
- Drink 3-4 liters of water daily.
- Abstain from such vices like smoking, alcoholism, staying awake late into the night etc.
- Eat healthy. Include lots of green salads, vegetables, fruits, nuts, milk, egg, fish etc. in your daily diet.
- Exercise regularly. Walking, jogging, swimming etc. help in blood circulation and hence rejuvenate our skin making us look young and agile.
- Avoid spicy, oily food as much as possible.
- Last but not the least please protect your skin from the harsh rays of the sun by using sun glasses, sun tan cream, umbrellas because exposure to sun can cause a lot of damage to your skin depleting the skin of its natural oils and moisture leading to dryness and premature ageing.
So you see it is not really tough to have a great looking skin!