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A mother's life is not easy. It is hectic and tiring. And when you don't take care of your skin, with age, wrinkles start to form early. Here, are some simple home remedies to reduce those wrinkles
When we are young, our skin is tight and less vulnerable to significant damage due to the sun or pollution. However, with time, the rate of skin cell breakdown becomes much higher than that of re-growth. The production of collagen, too, slows down. Collagen is the major component of connective tissues that make up several body parts, including tendons, ligaments, muscles and, of course, skin.
Hence, with cells breaking down and collagen production slowing down, the skin gradually becomes dull, saggy and wrinkled. Add to this, the busy lifestyle of a mother, who is juggling home, kids and work and finds no time for self-care - it takes a toll on her skin.
So, in pursuit of looking good, people seek youthful skin even past their youth. They try all means to get back the lost glow of their skin and to drive away the most prominent signs of aging - wrinkles. The fact that this concern has globally taken a front seat is evident in the market trends. As it points to an exponential growth in the anti-aging product segment.
Products available in the market make tall claims of turning back the clock and making you youthful instantly. However, the truth behind these is a couple of steroids and harmful chemicals that work powerfully to tighten the skin for the time being, while damaging it further in the long run.
"I made the mistake of trusting branded cosmetic products to help with my wrinkles that started to show up on my face. Before they became worse, I wanted to get rid of them at any cost. The expensive products did the trick and made my wrinkles fade away, but I also felt the 'healthiness' of my skin fade away with it. Then a friend of mine who has healthy, glowing skin told me how she started taking care of her skin by incorporating some home remedies into her routine. I started to do the same and it worked wonders." - Sudha Menon, Mother of two-year-old Shreya.
So, let's face it - there is no denying that aging is something that no one can stop. However, you can surely control how you age and at what pace. While chemicals offer temporary solutions, internal skin health is an important factor in determining your look. Here is how you can reverse skin aging the natural way.
While we have been looking for the right formula everywhere, the answer has always right in front of us - with mother nature. Using natural ingredients in their raw form is a great way to restore your skin's youthfulness. It can not only effectively repair the skin, but also do so safely and for a long time to come.
Here are a few easy fixes, which will work as effective anti-aging treatment solutions.
1. Egg whites: The whites of eggs are a good shot of protein, vitamin B, and E, which are essential to repair and replenish your tired skin. They also help reduce the skin's exposure to pollutants by tightening up the pores.
Whip up some eggs in a bowl and apply the paste on your face directly. Massage it with clean fingers and leave it on for 15 minutes for optimum effect. When the skin feels tight, wash it off completely with warm water. You will notice the restored glow instantly.
2. Olive oil: Take a few drops of this vitamin E-rich oil and massage it on your face with clean hands before going to sleep. Clean the excess oil (if any) from your face with a towel and go to bed. It will work overnight to plump up your skin and fill the fine lines naturally. For best results make this a part of your daily nighttime beauty routine.
3. Lemon juice: Vitamin C is a critical ingredient to make your skin healthy. Lemons contain high levels of this vital vitamin. It contains antioxidants, which protect the skin cells from damage.
Squeeze a few drops of lemon and add a few drops of water to it and mix. Apply the mixture directly to the skin. Its bleaching properties will lighten up the skin and improve the quality of skin. However, since Vitamin C makes your skin sensitive to burns, minimize your sun exposure after applying it.
4. Carrots: What makes carrots orange in color can also give your skin a golden glow. It is beta carotene! This important element converts itself into vitamin A inside the body. This, in turn, promotes collagen production, which translates into smooth, supple and wrinkle-free skin. Eat or apply topically, as it is sure to give amazing results.
For topical application on the face, boil a few carrots and blend them to make a paste. Add a few drops of honey to it and apply it to your face liberally. Wait for 30 minutes before rinsing it off and experience the glow!
5. Aloe vera: The moisturizing properties of aloe vera are great to smoothen the irregularities on the skin. Malic acid present in aloe vera improves skin elasticity.
Cut a few leaves from the aloe vera plant and wash them. Scoop out the gel with a clean spoon and apply it directly to your skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes or for as long as it takes to dry. To boost moisture and nutrient content, you could also add a few drops of vitamin E oil. Once dry, wash your face and reveal refreshed skin.
Given that these natural ingredients can restore the glow on your face, you can try and take some time out every weekend to treat your skin to these all-natural home remedies. However, apart from this, you can slow down skin aging by avoiding the early onset of wrinkles. This can be done by making little healthy changes to your lifestyle. By doing so, you can take control of your skin's overall health quotient and appearance. Here are a few ways to do so:
The UV rays of the sun can penetrate your skin and are responsible for a major percentage of skin damage. In fact, studies state that sun exposure is responsible for 80-90% of skin aging signs.
The most obvious and immediate effects are splotchy pigmentation, but in the long run, sun damage makes way for deep wrinkles. If you cannot avoid it altogether, try coming indoors before 10 am and stay out of the sun till after 4 pm. Minimize your exposure to UV rays, by applying sunscreen on your skin and using an umbrella or scarf.
If you smoke regularly, quit it. Smoking releases an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin - both of which are very important components of the skin. Avoiding this harmful habit can save your skin from thinning out and forming wrinkles.
There is a reason why good sleep has been related to beauty since time immemorial. It is during sleep that the body heals itself and the cells rebuild. This translates into firmer and more elastic skin.
When you don't get adequate sleep, you can instantly see how it affects your skin and overall look. Imagine the amount of damage that your skin will have to endure if you habitually get insufficient sleep? Also, the quality of sleep matters as compared to the length of sleep. So, ensure you have an uninterrupted and good siesta when you are at it.
Enough has been said about the benefits of fruits and vegetables. And we are all aware of it. Even when it comes to skin, fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals. This goes a long way in combating wrinkles. The ones that can be eaten raw, go ahead and eat them that way, as the nutrient content is highest in their natural form. Make it a habit to take 3 to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Also, limit your choices to the seasonal and regional varieties of fruits and vegetables, as they are fresher and more nutritious than the hybrid, imported, or exotic ones.
So, a couple of lifestyle changes along with some home remedies can help boost your skin's overall health quotient. Yes, there will be times when you might be tempted to take the shortcut and embrace the anti-aging fads popular in the market. At times like these, remind yourself that healthy lifestyle changes paired with weekly natural treatments, will not only give you gorgeous skin but also boost your health in general. In a few weeks, your skin will naturally start showing hints of better health and with sustained practice, it will delay and fight off wrinkles!