Developing wrinkles is a part of ageing that many people dread. But wrinkles aren’t only a result of the ageing process. They can also occur when the skin is dry and lacks adequate hydration or has been exposed to too much sun.
Try these seven ways to avoid the causes of wrinkles and reduce the appearance of them:
1. Protect skin from sun exposure
The sun’s UV rays play a major role in the premature ageing of the skin. Exposure to the sun creates free radicals, resulting in thinning of the epidermis and damage to collagen fibres in the dermis. This means skin is prone to appearing loose, saggy, and wrinkled. It’s essential to reduce exposure to the sun, particularly during the times of day when UV rays are strongest, and to wear adequate sun protection.
2. Eat skin-nourishing foods
What we put into our bodies can be more significant to skin health than what we apply to our skin. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid for helping the skin retain plumpness and avoid the formation of wrinkles. Antioxidants help combat damage to skin cells that free radicals from pollutants and sun exposure cause. Ayurveda suggests eating these foods to nourish skin:
- Leafy greens
3. Rehydrate with water and spices
Drinking plenty of water is vital for all adequate cellular function, including skin cells. You can also improve skin health by steeping water with spices for your skin type. Steep the spices in hot water and then consume at room temperature.
- Kapha: fresh ginger root and basil leaves
- Pitta: Indian sarsaparilla powder and liquorice powder
- Vata: whole cumin seeds and whole coriander seeds
4. Reduce stress
According to Ayurveda, mental, emotional, and physical stress all disrupt the skin’s natural balance which can result in wrinkles. Avoid stressors wherever possible and practise meditation to soothe stress levels.
Skin that looks moist appears smoother and less lined. Regular moisturisation by applying the Rasadana Hydrating Mask can also help the skin absorb more moisture and reduce its vulnerability to the formation of new wrinkles. Targeted products like Jiva Eye Concentrate+ can restore elasticity and strength to at-risk areas, like the delicate eye area.
6. Avoid chemicals
Harsh chemicals are often present in personal care products and can be skin irritants. This makes skin more susceptible to sun damage, dryness, and therefore, wrinkles. Using naturally moisturising products like Indiraa Age Recharge Serum and Moisturiser means you aren’t putting your skin at risk while boosting hydration and cellular function at the same time.
7. Sleep well
Enough rest helps your body produce Human Growth Hormone (HGH) which helps with skin elasticity and fullness. It can also be beneficial to sleep on your back, to avoid sleep lines forming on your face.