Stroll through the cosmetics aisle of any departmental store, and you will realise that we easily spend a small fortune on creams and lotions that claim to reduce our wrinkles and sagging. Rather than spending so much, you should look around your own house. We often tend to ignore the gift of nature and do not take advantage of what’s available. At home, you will definitely find ingredients that you need to prepare a face mask, scrub or skin cream for ageing-related issues.
You don’t have to go under the knife to look good and graceful. From drinking at least 3-4 litres of water every day to keeping your skin clean, we often hear various kinds of advice. And these simple, cost-effective remedies have proven to be helpful to people around the globe. “Delaying ageing isn’t a difficult task; one just needs to follow a few steps daily,” says Dr. Seema Saadikha, an expert in anti-ageing treatments and founder of Aura Anti-ageing.
What is anti ageing?
In simple terms, it is a way to delay or slow the ageing process. You cannot completely stop ageing because it is a natural process that the body undergoes, but you can adopt a lifestyle that will slow it down. The rate of ageing is affected by habits like eating, exercising, your attitude towards life, the amount of stress you take, and the hormonal levels in your body.
When does ageing start?
If proper care is not taken, the ageing process can start right from the early twenties. In fact, a large population of young girls today are facing ageing issues, informs Dr. Seema.
Signs of ageing:
Menopause, changes in sleeping patterns, pre-menstrual syndrome-related issues, low energy levels, a decline in vision, hearing issues, the appearance of brown spots on the skin, hair loss, unnatural changes in hair colour, decrease in libido, changes in the menstrual cycle, abdominal obesity, and difficulty in losing weight are signs that a person is ageing.
Reason for early ageing:
There are various reasons for the early onset of ageing. However, some of the more common causes are:
- Excessive exposure to sunlight
- Tobacco smoking
- Excessive consumption of simple sugars
- Over-intake of insulin
- Bad glucose metabolism
- Excessive production of cortisol (a steroid hormone)
- Exposure to toxins
- Immune dysfunction
- Nutrition and vitamin deficiencies
Ways to delay ageing:
To keep yourself healthy and delay ageing, you have to follow a very simple routine. Include iron-rich foods in your diet. Women are prone to iron deficiency (anemia), and hence should include foods such as lean red meat and leafy vegetables in their meal. Dr. Seema recommends eating fruits, nuts, and dairy products, as they are packed with antioxidants – an ingredient that is not found in the cosmetic products that are available in the market.
Eat breakfast every day. A high-protein breakfast stabilises blood sugar and will satisfy your appetite for longer. Apart from breakfast, it is important to have balanced meals at regular intervals to maintain the body’s energy supply and prevent dips in blood sugar throughout the day. At the same time, you must say no to over-eating. Large and heavy meals overload our energy production systems. Over-eating leads to inflammation and fat storage, which overtaxes the entire body.
If you are addicted to tea and coffee, you should try to curb your intake. Excess caffeine consumption leads to insomnia. Limit your intake to two caffeine-based drinks every day, and make sure you drink them before dinner time. Avoid sleeping pills; they are not a long-term solution for insomnia. Try to reduce the intake of alcohol and drugs. Cigarette smoking leads to faster ageing. Our body produces energy by combining glucose with oxygen. However, the carbon monoxide present in cigarettes decreases the amount of oxygen available in the body.
Avocados are a must-have. The healthy fats in this fruit keep wrinkles at bay while maintaining the level of healthy cholesterol. They are loaded with fiber and are rich in nutrients. Avocados also help to deal with health issues, such as weight management, cardiovascular diseases, and osteoarthritis. They also help to reduce bleeding related to vitamin K deficiency, the risk of cancer, and problems related to liver damage. Avocados also protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. All of these issues that the avocado helps to deal with are related to ageing, which makes it a magic fruit.
“I would also suggest consuming a variety of phytonutrient-rich foods, as they help to delay ageing. Eat lots of yellow, red and orange fruits and vegetables. Include more green leafy vegetables, garlic, onions, chives, and leeks in your meals. Opt for herbal tea or green tea rather than regular tea. This kind of diet is very beneficial,” says Dr, Seema.
Eight hours of sleep every night is mandatory, if you wish to look youthful. Relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga are known to be effective too. It is also important to maintain a balance between your work schedule and personal life. If you are showing symptoms of chronic pain or depression, address them immediately.
To ensure longevity and vitality, one must maintain a healthy weight and body composition. Best results are achieved through extended programs of moderate exercise; routines that last for at least 40 minutes, and are performed four or more times per week. This physical activity will regulate inflammation and help in energy production.
When it comes to giving beauty tips, Dr. Seema suggests the use of fresh aloe vera gel on the face. This gel is easily available in the market, and you can even grow this plant in your house. It can be used as a moisturiser to delay ageing, and it helps to treat acne and cuts too. Aloe vera is also an excellent tan remover.