Growing age is a nightmare for everyone, especially women. Wrinkles are the most unpleasant and unwelcome signs of ageing. As we age the skin starts losing the collagen and elastin present in the connective tissue of the skin. Collagen a protein that strengthens the cells is important in maintaining youthful skin. When the collagen under the skin starts breaking down and deteriorates, the skin loses its suppleness, elasticity and smoothness. This leads to delicate creases, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. As you grow older the production and strength of collagen diminishes. This is hastened due to many external factors.
to sunlight, deficiency of vitamin C and E, smoking, pollutants, lack
of proper nutrition and genetic factors are the main causes of ageing
skin, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin.
Women are always looking
for chasing away the unwanted wrinkles. Here are a few simple ways to
slow down ageing and reduce wrinkles:
• Coconut oil is extremely good
for chasing away the wrinkles and keeping skin young and healthy. Break
open a capsule of vitamin E into the coconut oil and massage gently
every night. You will be happy to see the results within a fortnight.
Castor oil is one of the best ways to reduce wrinkles. Add a teaspoon
of lemon juice and break open a capsule of vitamin E in castor oil and
massage the mixture to the affected areas. Castor oil also works wonders
under the eyes.
• Nourishing cream made with avocado (one
tablespoon), fresh cream (a few spoons), flaxseeds (two tablespoons) and
honey (one teaspoon) is a sure way to get a smooth, healthy and
wrinkle-free skin. Those having wrinkles will also benefit as it will
help in reducing the wrinkles. Avocados, rich in nutrients such as
vitamins and healthy omega3 fats, will strengthen the skin and reduce
the wrinkles. It will also keep the skin moist and supple. Flaxseeds
will also supply omega-3 fatty acids necessary for preventing wrinkles.
• Use almond oil under the eyes to reduce fine lines around the eyes.
• Egg white applied under the eyes tightens the skin and help reduce wrinkles under the eyes.
• Mash green grapes and apply on the areas with wrinkles. Leave it for 15-20 minutes before washing with water.
gooseberry (amla) juice mixed with a teaspoon of honey can do wonders
for your skin. The fruit is a great source of vitamin C necessary for
strengthening the skin. Honey keeps the skin moist and supple. Apply the
mixture on the skin and wash off after 10-15 minutes. Use regularly for
a smooth, supple and younger skin.
Eat plenty of fresh fruits and
vegetables. They are rich in nutrients and antioxidants which the body
needs for a young and healthy skin. Red and orange coloured fruits and
vegetables are excellent for keeping the skin healthy.
• A diet rich
in antioxidants is very essential for a healthy, smooth and wrinkle-free
skin. They fight the free radicals responsible for damaging the skin.
Go for foods rich in vitamin C and vitamin E rich foods. Vitamin C
besides fighting the damaging free radicals helps in production of
collagen necessary for a wrinkle-free skin.
• Foods loaded with
healthy fats – omega-3 and omega-6 – can be great for the skin. Nuts,
flaxseeds, sunflower oil, sesame oil are good for keeping the skin
• Top foods that will protect the skin and speed up skin
cell repair so that you have a healthy free skin avocados, tomatoes,
citrus fruits, walnuts, eggs, fish, beans and pomegranate.
sun-protection – avoid exposure to the sun. The ultra-violet rays of the
sun can play havoc on your skin and cause premature ageing of the skin.
They damage the skin cells, speed up collagen breakdown and
deterioration. For a smooth, wear sunscreen whenever you go out during
the day time.
• Wear sun glasses to protect the delicate areas around the eyes from the sun.
Exfoliate regularly - take special care of your skin, especially around
the mouth and eyes as they are more prone to wrinkles. Exfoliate the
skin regularly twice a week. Look for the natural ways nature for
exfoliating. Mashed strawberries are great for this.
well – keep your skin well moisturised if you want to reduce the
wrinkles. This will also prevent more wrinkles. Moisturising protects
the skin from getting more wrinkles by keeping the skin moist and
• Stay hydrated - a well hydrated skin is very important for
reducing and preventing further formation of wrinkles. Drink plenty of
water, at least eight-10 glasses every day. This will keep the skin
smooth and well-hydrated. A dry skin is more vulnerable to wrinkles.
Quit smoking - smoking causes premature ageing of the skin. It speeds
up the breakdown of collagen and elastin, hastening the formation of
wrinkles, especially around the mouth.