Beauty creams may help to a certain extent. But, one cannot avoid ageing. Can one delay the onset of wrinkles? Now, you can. With the right kind of food, you can fight the early signs of ageing.
By Monali Bordoloi
Smitha Joseph, a resident of Chennai, once had flawless skin. However, once she started working, her skin began to suffer as her work required her to go out often. Long periods of exposure to the sun began to take a toll on her skin, which began to sag and show signs of ageing. Her friends suggested expensive creams to tackle the problem. To her dismay, these creams did not work much for Smitha.
Like Smitha, many working women have early signs of ageing due to hectic work life. Wrinkles and crow’s feet start coming when women are still in their 30’s. Dr Neha Sanwalka Rungta, Director, Nutricanvas, Mumbai says that the secret to anti-ageing could hide well in your fridge.
Dr Neha says, “Ageing process is inevitable. However, to delay the visible signs of ageing like dry, sagging skin and dull hair, you should prepare for it better. The best way to do it is with a right balance of diet and lifestyle changes. Apart from other factors like genetics and environment, ageing process also depends on what you eat. Choose your food carefully if you want to delay those smile lines or wrinkles.”
Just like food, healthy and active lifestyle, daily exercise routine, regular sleep timing, exposure to the sun also determine your ageing process.
As you age, your skin gets dry and thin. It becomes less elastic and looks sagged. Sun damage can also bring early signs of ageing. If you are exposed to the harsh rays of the sun, it can deplete the collagen level in the skin. With less collagen, the skin appears drooping and wrinkles start appearing. Apart from these, other factors like smoking, diet, weight, dehydration, stress level, sleep timing and pollution too contribute to the appearance of wrinkles on the face.
Wrinkles are mostly visible on the face, it appears along the smile line and in the forehead and on the side of the eyes.
According to Dr Neha, “To fight the ageing process, apart from other nutrients, your diet must include foods rich in antioxidant, vitamin A, C, E and Omega-3 fatty acids. Most fruits have nutrients which are essential for your overall health. Eat your fruits raw and whole. It fights free radical and delays the ageing process. It helps in shedding weight too. These foods will keep your skin supple and fight the ageing signs.”
Here are some of the food you must choose if you want to delay the ageing process:
1. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A and E. The red pigment of the tomatoes, known as the lycopene can reduce cell damage caused by the sun. It prevents the occurrence of wrinkles. It is used for skin brightening too.
2. Green leafy vegetables: Include green leafy vegetables in your meals at least 3 times in a week. Greens fight free radicals and oxidation and delay the ageing process.
3. Lemon: Squeeze juice of one lemon in water and have it first thing in the morning. It will help your skin to stay young. A rich source of vitamin C, lemon builds immunity. It is great for skin lightening and detoxification.
4. Green tea: Drink two-three cups of green tea in between meals. It is an ideal antioxidant which can slow down the ageing process by increasing cell turnover. It has anti-inflammatory properties which help fight diseases.
5. Nuts: Nuts are very good for skin health. Almonds and walnuts are great sources of Omega-3. Nuts are a healthy choice for snacks too. The best way to have almonds is to soak them in water for some time. Nuts are a good source of Vitamin E which keep us agile and can neutralise the free radicals in the body to keep it fit. A fit body leads to better skin health.
6. Fish: Oily fishes are one of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids which help in keeping the skin hydrated. The Omega-3 present in fishes like Sardines, Salmon and Mackerel strengthen the skin-cell membranes which in turn keeps the skin moisturised. Regular consumption of fish is said to reduce chronic skin inflammations like eczema and psoriasis.
7. Honey: Considered as a superfood, honey can fight the ageing signs in your skin. It’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are good for keeping the skin blemish free and young. Use honey as a salad dressing or have it in your juices.
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