Wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process, however they are exaggerated when the skin is dry, lacking in adequate hydration, or if it has been exposed to too much sun.
There are a few things we can do try and reduce the appearance of wrinkles:
1. Protect your 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 which result in the thinning of the epidermis and damage to collagen fibres in the dermis. This means the 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 that helps 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:
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 or yoga to soothe stress levels.
Well-moisturised skin appears smoother and less lined, and the use of a good hydration mask can help the skin to absorb more moisture and reduce its vulnerability to forming new wrinkles.
6. Avoid chemicals
Harsh chemicals are often present in skin care products, and can irritate the skin, making it more susceptible to sun damage, dryness… and therefore, wrinkles. Using natural products to boost hydration and cellular function is recommended.
7. Sleep well
Enough rest helps your body produce human growth hormone, 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.
Please contact 0433 090 696 if you would like to book an Ayurvedic Facial Ritual to help you keep your skin looking and feeling youthful.