Newspapers, magazines, billboards, internet. They are everywhere. Ads of models with a radiant skin and heavenly beautiful features grab the covetous eyeballs of every ageing woman out there! They tell you how dismal your life will be if you don’t have an attractive looking skin. Thanks to the media, now not looking younger than your age is a pressing issue for women in today’s youth-obsessed world.
The anti-ageing industry is booming more and more with thousands of women being desirous of a smooth and lively skin. But true beauty lies beneath the skin. While this phrase talks about focusing on a person’s emotional and spiritual qualities, it also indirectly states that a naturally glowing skin is always internally healthy.
A supple skin and a clear complexion are signs of a healthy skin. You don’t have to slather yourself with big-ticket moisturizers, sun blocks, wrinkle creams and cell regeneration creams (that claim to penetrate into the skin) as they work only on a superficial level and can’t guarantee a healthier you!
Women are smarter nowadays and tend to opt for natural and herbal options that offer sustainable benefits over painful surgeries, injections or Botox therapies which sometimes have detrimental side-effects. Who wants to visit the doctor if you can create a difference in your appearance right at home?
Have a look at 5 simple ways that can preserve your skin’s youthfulness and beauty for a long time.
1. You Are What You Eat
High quality food and junk food cause ageing. Yes, we live in a fast paced world where our entire life depends solely on fast food and we barely get the time to eat something healthy. But such harmful food is like a slow poison which only kills you slowly. To maintain your skin’s glow, you have to consume large amounts of organic food which is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, as these are the main vitamins that maintain your skin’s elasticity and protect it against ageing. Fruits like avocado, oranges, strawberries and grapefruits are rich in Vitamin C. Make a fruit salad and relish it with some extra virgin olive oil, which contains strong anti-oxidants that protect your skin from pollutants.
Drink at least two liters of water daily to keep your skin hydrated and so that your body receives sufficient water for skin cell formation. Also take in veggies like carrots, cucumber, radish, fennel that have high-water content. Drinking plenty of water makes you look and feel healthy by removing impurities from the body.
2. Give yourself a break
No matter how busy you are, you must always find some time for your own self. Don’t be too preoccupied with work; instead, do things that you love. Whether it is dancing, reading books, painting, pottery, horse riding, swimming, tree climbing or simply sitting idle with your feet on the comfy sofa and watching your favorite sitcom, do whatever relaxes your mind. Doing so will help you to lower the level of stress you face on a daily basis.
3. Follow an exercise regime
Working out thrice a week helps you lose weight, tone up muscles, makes you healthier, strengthens your immunity system and also makes your body get rid of toxins through sweating. You don’t even have to hit the gym and can opt for fun ways of exercising like swimming, dancing, cycling, hill climbing or jogging. If you don’t have an open ground, you can go for aerobics. Working out on a regular basis also fillips your self-confidence and increases your concentration power. So get off the couch and work out for a healthier skin and to live younger!
4. Start practising meditation
Emotional and mental stress release hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which are the fastest accelerators of ageing. Apart from skin damage, many other diseases are related to negative thoughts and stress. A simple 10-20 minute meditation session is an effective stress buster that rejuvenates your mind as well as your soul.
Every day, after returning back from work, sit alone for 10-20 minutes and take deep breaths. Imagine yourself sitting alone in a resplendent island. Keep your mind blank and do not let any thoughts come in! This simple technique will also help you to have a more positive attitude and a positive attitude can sometimes even cure the most incurable ailments in life.
5. Get adequate sleep
You must sleep at least 7-8 hours a day. While we are sleeping, our cells are renewed and the body maintains the level of water required for keeping the skin moisturized. Staying up all night or not getting a sufficient amount of sleep will lead to the formation of dark circles and fine lines on your face. Whereas, a refreshing 7 hour sleep will regulate your body’s metabolism and make you look fresh and lively!
You don’t have to splurge on cosmetic products or skin treatments to look young. You also don’t have to wear gaudy makeup to hide signs of ageing. All you have to do is adopt a healthier lifestyle and the results will be evident on your face.