As we start to grow in years, not only do we get mature mentally, our body starts to experience a lot of changes alongside. At one point, our body is no longer able to do the daily activities that we could do so easily probably even 10 years back. This point in one’s life is called retirement. Retirement, and even before that aging physically makes you less competent and helps you look the part too. Aging comes with necessary evils such as wrinkles and hair-fall (more prevalent in men) which hampers our appearance.
How does aging affect our personal appearance?
As we grow older, so does our skin (as illustrated in the adjoining picture). The skin gets less elastic, thinner and more susceptible to drying and damage. The wear and tear of everyday life accumulate over decades leading your skin to look worn out, develop wrinkles and fine lines, become devoid of the youthful glow you boasted off in your early 30s or late 20s. Unhealthy habits, such as engaging in over consumption of fast food, alcohol, smoking, not paying much heed to maintain a proper routine, using excess makeup assists aging in dampening your personal glow and hastens the overall process.
Mechanism of skin aging
The most evident signs of aging are wrinkles, fine lines, and other skin-related issues. Skin aging starts in our 20s, but its adverse effects are only noticeable later on in life. Collagen and Elastin are the main proteins that constitute the skin cells. As we age, the composition of both these proteins decreases leading the skin cell to lose its elasticity, become weaker and prone to damage. This makes our skin looks thinner, drier and develop wrinkles, fine lines etc
3 effective home remedies for wrinkles and skin aging
- Olive oil: Olive oil is well known among the anti-aging home remedies. It tightens the skin, by providing nourishment to the cells increases the production of the 2 core proteins – Collagen and Elastin. What does it contain that help with such nourishment? Olive oil is rich in vitamins, minerals, and natural fatty acids. It also contains vitamins A and E, and all the nutrients and minerals are very easily absorbed by the skin via its pores. It has antioxidant and hydrating properties which help the skin look young and rejuvenated for a long period of time. Pour 4-5 drops of olive oil into a spoon, heat it and then massage on neck and face before going to bed. Wash off, first thing in the morning. Make sure to clean it in the morning, as the residual oil can actually clog up the cores and cause further skin problems such as acne.
- Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera (popularly known as Ghritkumari in South India), is well renowned throughout the globe for its skin rejuvenating and anti aging It helps with the issues of acne, which olive oil doesn’t. It removes excess oil, thus prevent acne breakouts and occurring of zits and pimples. The main ingredient of Aloe Vera, Malic Acid is a naturally occurring organic acid that can help you in ways you could not even imagine. Malic acid is also found in the popular antiseptic lotion, Boroline. The moisture regulating property of malic acid also prevents the skin from drying up and thus prevents the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. The other 2 important ingredients of Aloe Vera are zinc and mucopolysaccharides. Zinc helps reduce the pore sizes on your skin whereas the long chain sugar molecule or polysaccharide boost formation of the core skin protein – collagen. How do you apply Aloe Vera to reap its benefits? Extract the gel from a leaf and apply it to your face for 20 minutes by massaging it with your fingers in a circular motion.
- Egg whites: Your doctor or dietician must have recommended at least one egg per day. It shows how egg comes packed with all the proteins and nutrients that you might forget to include in your diet on a daily basis. Besides the internal benefits, eggs also help to bring forth the inner glow of your skin fighting off wrinkles and causes of aging.
You can see how the issues you have to deal with when growing old have its solutions in your own household. So why go for artificial medication and hassle? Following these natural ways will be much more effective in the long run.