A woman looks most beautiful when she is in her twenties. And what happens once she crosses the teenage bar? It is the oft-heard tale of lack-lustre skin that gradually sheds its smoothness and elasticity. One slowly gets familiar with the diction of the dermatologist who attributes your woes to collagen breakdown, pigmentation and enlargement of pores. But what gives nightmares to you are the wrinkles and fine lines that slowly make their appearance. If you are fair-complexioned, you will be in for more surprises. You will find that your lighter skin tone is in fact the culprit that aids early ageing, while your friend blessed with a dark complexion enjoys the advantage of taking the longer route to ageing by virtue of the presence of excess amount of melanin (natural pigment) in darker skin tone.
Skin has three main layers. Epidermis, the outer layer that contains skin cells, pigments and proteins, protects you from the environment. The second layer dermis, which contains hair follicles, blood vessels and nerves, provides nutrition to epidermis. The inner most layer is the subcutaneous layer with a layer of fat which helps in providing insulation to the body, sweat glands and connective tissues. It also contains collagen fiber which lends support to the skin and elastin fiber which provides strength and flexibility.
While one understands that ageing is inevitable, the good news is that one can definitely take preventive steps like regular care and nurturing with natural home remedies to slow down the pace of ageing.
Vitamin C, which augments the production of collagen, is the key ingredient for sunscreen. It protects the skin from harmful sunrays and free radicals and helps in reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. Inclusion of vitamin C in your diet will slow the rate of ageing.
Avocado fruit contains antioxidants which reduce free radicals and hence acts as an excellent anti-ageing product. Mash the avocado fruit and make it into a paste or cut it into thin slices and apply on your face. The rejuvenated skin will put that smile back on your face.
Extract milk from raw or whole coconut. Apply the coconut milk on your face; give a gentle massage before washing it with water. Done on a regular basis, this simple massage will give a glowing and radiant look to your skin.
Egg white is the best natural remedy for anti-ageing. Apply the mask of egg white on your skin. It restores elasticity, prevents wrinkles and gives a youthful tone to your skin.
Natural oils like almond oil, sesame oil, rose hip seed oil and carrot seed oil act as anti-ageing agents by lending moisture to the skin and shielding it from wrinkles, fine lines and pores.
Make thin slices of raw potato and rub them on your skin, especially in the region where there are marks or dark patches. It reduces hyper pigmentation and is a very good remedy for tan.
Lemon, rich in vitamin C, does wonders to your skin by reducing age spots, freckles, tan and lightens your skin on elbows and knees. Lemon juice can be directly applied to the skin or mixed with milk. Leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it off.
It helps in the treatment of fine lines, especially around the eye region. However, only pure honey will show best results.
Precaution: Apply the ingredients on a small portion of your skin first to check for any allergic reaction.