Ageing is a natural process that begins at birth and there is nothing anyone can do to slow or stop it. However, as the desire to look younger has spread throughout the modern population, more and more options and chances to look and act younger have emerged. “Changes in the skin, particularly on the face, show up as indicators of ageing around the third decade onwards,” says Dr Pramod Kumar, Consultant Dermatologist at KMC Hospital in Mangalore. Wrinkles and creases are noticeable changes.”
Dr. Kumar provides several strategies for delaying the appearance of wrinkles, tanning, spots, and other indications of ageing.
Protection From The Sun
Sunlight can cause collagen and elastin in the skin to break down; these fibres keep the skin elastic and firm. Damage to this tissue causes sagging, laxity, and the formation of wrinkles and creases. “Regular use of a good suited sunscreen with SPF of 20 and higher aids in postponing this process of ageing,” adds Dr. Kumar. Remember that sunscreen should be worn even on cloudy days because UV rays pass through clouds as well. Also, remember that 30-40 minutes of sun exposure on your skin is recommended to avoid Vitamin D deficiency.”
Skin that is well-hydrated is healthy skin. Moisturizing the skin from within and without has been shown to reduce wrinkles, particularly on the face and limb extremities. Dr. Kumar advises, “Drink plenty of water according to your body’s needs and the climate and geographical area.” A good amount is about two litres per day on average. Staying appropriately hydrated is a good habit that keeps the rest of the physiology and metabolism in good shape and reflects beautifully on the skin. The use of a suitable moisturiser to the skin aids in the preservation of the skin’s water content.”In addition, contact your dermatologist for a recommendation on a suitable face wash; avoid using abrasive cleansers and scrubs that can harm your skin. Dermatologists recommend using retinol-based lotions and creams on a regular basis because they help keep collagen fibres operating properly.
‘You are what you eat,’ say health coaches, nutritionists, and doctors all the time. Yes, your skin does betray your nutritional intake in a variety of ways, including symptoms of ageing. “Eat a fair amount of veggies, fruit, and nuts in your regular meals,” Dr. Kumar says. Stick to what’s in season in your market and region. Vegetables are high in fresh vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your skin. Cooking removes the goodness in vegetables, so eat them raw in salads, and fresh fruit is preferable to juice or extract. Do not overeat something because of its nutritional facts; instead, eat in moderation and mix and match well.
• Reduce your intake of sweets, refined wheat, and dairy products.
• Exercise and stay active; a healthy mind and body will keep your skin looking young and healthy. • Quit smoking and limit your alcohol use; smoking has been shown to harm the skin’s elastin and collagen fibres.
• Stress accelerates the ageing process; create a stress-relieving routine for yourself, and keep in mind that frowning, displaying anger, or impatience increases wrinkles and fine lines on your face.
• Finally, see your dermatologist before indications of ageing develop; postponing their appearance is preferable to addressing them later.