For several years now, I have been noticing the signs of ageing and tried several ways to prevent it. Initially, I wasn’t successful, but I have found out certain ways that can retain the youthfulness of the skin and treat the signs of ageing. Signs of Ageing are usually noticed when 1 percent of collagen starts losing every year. On reaching the age of 20, the signs of ageing gradually appears but become noticeable only after 30.

To understand ageing, we need to first understand the factors that cause ageing. Following which would be remedies for Ageing.

CAUSES OF AGEING:

The causes of ageing can be broadly classified into two distinct categories- Internal and External Causes:

INTERNAL CAUSES:

Internal causes that result to skin ageing are-

  • Improper Blood Supply - Blood circulation is one of the most important factors that affects the skin. A poor blood supply makes the skin look dull and damaged. As blood carries the nutrients and the oxygen to the skin, an improper blood supply limits the nutrients and oxygen. Consequently, the cell functions are damaged causing skin damage.
  • Genetics - Genes play an imperative role for every individual. Genes play an active part in skin ageing. Genes determine the skin types and based on different skin types ageing affects it.

Genetics cause Skin Ageing

 

EXTERNAL CAUSES:

The external causes do not just negatively affect the skin of a person but affect the person’s overall health in general.

  • Prolonged exposure to sun rays - Being too frequently exposed to sun rays leads to uneven skin pigmentation, tanning and skin burn. The UV rays of the sun adversely affect the skin.

  • Pollution - The damages that are caused by the sun are multiplied when a person works or stays in a place that has a high pollution rate. Pollution darkens the skin and makes the skin look dull.

Pollution and skin problems

  • Smoking Habits - This is a very harmful habit that not just affects the lungs but also increases the free radicals in the skin by exposing it to nicotine and harmful chemicals that the cigarette contains. Along with it, it multiplies the oxidation stress and thereby assists the effects of pollution on skin.

  • Lack of proper Diet - Unhealthy food habits and lack of water intake increases the oxidation stress and free radicals of the skin. It is advisable to have an antioxidant diet once in any course of the day to keep the skin away from damage.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF AGEING?

There are several signs of ageing in various parts of the body. The most common signs that appear from the very basic stage are discussed below:

  • Wrinkle: Wrinkled Skin is the primary sign of ageing and comes into sight as a result when the mass of the body is at loss.  The other causes include fleeting or drawn out contact with water, improper sleeping positions and facial expressions that can cause a crease or fold on the skin. Before the skin gets all wrinkled, certain Fine Lines near eyes and lips appear.

  • Pigmentation: Melanin is the pigment that determines the skin colour. When the cells are damaged or affected negatively, the melanin production is reduced and the skin goes down the original colour causing Skin pigmentation.

  • Acne Skin: Acne, which is medically called acne vulgaris, is the result of skin damage that occurs genetically. The prime characteristics of acne are excessive pimples, black and white heads, greasy skin and scarring. The hair follicles are usually bunged up with dead skin cells or oil from the skin.

Acne Skin

 

  • Open Pores: When the oil glands enlarge there is an increase in the oil secretion on the skin. This increases along with age and needs proper treatment.

  • Dry Skin: When there is improper circulation of blood and the skin loosens, the skin becomes itchy, scaly and cracked. Also, there are times when people grow Dark Circles as a product of the cracked skin.

All these factors affect your skin as they had affected mine. It takes a great deal to combat the signs of ageing. I started practicing the following steps when I felt that these signs are increasing at an alarming rate.

HOW DID I FIGHT AGEING?

Steps I took to Fight Ageing:

I had to change a lot of daily habits and had to adopt certain habits. The processes are although simple but weren't easy at the very first go.

  • Food habits: I loved junk food, every kind of it. However, as I realized they are having a toll on my skin, I started avoiding them. Instead of junk food, I grew the habit of eating salads, fruit juices and other healthy food that maintains a proper body balance. I also started drinking a lot more fluid than I used to previously.

  • Water intake: Water is the best medicine for any ailment. Drink a lot of water, about 7-8 glasses a day. This cleanses our system and acts as skin purification. It is a natural detox for skin.


Detox water

  • Self-ban on smoking and alcohol:  Whenever I used to attend parties or social gathering I preferred having soft drinks over any hard drinks. Now, I prefer fresh Lemonade or Juice or Sparkling Water. I have even turned myself into a non-smoker. It is hard but it is the best thing you can do to yourself. And I have done it.

  • Sunscreen Lotions: Previously, I was too lazy to apply sunscreen while I went out. But as soon as I found that the skin tone and the pigmentation of my skin are severely affected, I have made it a point not to leave my house without applying sunscreen.

A good sunblock

 

  • Anti Ageing Cream: When I discovered that years of improper care of my health have resulted in prominent lines of ageing, I started applying the anti ageing cream once every day to reduce the fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Kumkumadi Face Serum: Before I hit bed every night, I used to wash my face with Honey Face Wash as it cleanses and moistures the skin. After that, I used to put the Kumkumadi serum and massage for 5-10 minutes and left it overnight. The next morning, I used to wash my face with water. This retains the moisture of the skin and fixes the dead cells overnight.

I prevented my signs of ageing by following these steps in a few weeks. Although I didn’t initially think anything would change, but now I can prominently see miraculous results. My skin looks younger and has gained back its original glow. My suggestion to everyone who is looking to fight signs of ageing is to try the above mentioned pointers. I have greatly been benefited by them and am sure you would too!!

Stay Healthy, Stay Blessed!!