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Skin Aging—Skincare Through Yoga, Food, Face Packs

Natural and homemade solutions are safe for personal healthcare. Chitrangada shares some tried and tested methods for common health issues.

To get that radiant skin, one needs to adopt regular skincare methods

To get that radiant skin, one needs to adopt regular skincare methods

Want to get compliments for your skin, even after 50 years of age?

‘Wow! You have crossed 50 years. But you still look 30.’

This is the compliment which can make a 50+ of age, overjoyed.

But getting this compliment is possible, only if the skin looks youthful and firm.

And this is possible to achieve, with a little care and disciplined lifestyle

During teenage and young age, the skin naturally looks beautiful.

But it can not stay like that forever. As we age, fine lines and wrinkles are bound to appear.

Aging is a natural process. We cannot stop it, but we can definitely delay it.

How to take care of the aging skin?

Everyone-- women in particular desire for a youthful, toned, bright, and healthy skin. And who wants sagging skin, fine lines or wrinkles on their faces, neck, chin, or any part of the body?

The markets are flooded with skin tightening creams, anti-aging creams, skin toning creams, which claim to help and correct the aging skin problems.

They are helpful to some extent, but temporarily. To maintain healthy and perfect skin one can conveniently adopt regular skincare regime by themselves.

With regular natural and herbal care, you would not even need to use these artificial products.

Radiant skin

Radiant skin

Anti aging and face lifting massage, Source: YouTube

What is the right age, when we should start taking care of our skin?

Right from the 20's, one should start taking special care of the skin. As we age, the skin slowly and gradually starts losing its moisture. The skin may start looking dry and dull. It looses it’s shine and elasticity.

Many factors are responsible for this. Some of them can be—

  • Direct Sun exposure,
  • unhealthy lifestyle,
  • poor food habits,
  • too much alcohol,
  • lack of nutrition,
  • stress and anxiety,
  • dehydration and other factors may speed up the process of aging.

These signs of aging can be delayed by adopting a healthy lifestyle, taking proper and nutritious food, enough sleep etc.

What is the proper diet for glowing skin?

A nutritious and balanced diet, enough sound sleep and relaxation are essential for maintaining youthful skin.

Smoking, too much fat in the daily diet, junk food should be avoided as far as possible.

Fruits and vegetables, rich in Vitamins A, B, and C should be included in the daily portions. For example Orange, Carrots, Spinach, Broccoli, and others.

Antioxidant rich food is best for your skin.

Water intake should be adequate for that soft, flawless skin.

Water keeps the skin hydrated. In the winter season, we need more hydration and therefore we should drink at least 12 glasses of water per day.

What is the best food for glowing and toned skin

What is the best food for glowing and toned skin

Smooth out facial wrinkles with massage, Source: YouTube

Facial Massage to prevent the wrinkles and sagging of the skin

Regular massage of the facial skin with Olive oil or any other suitable oil is important. Apply gentle upward strokes, starting from the neck, upwards towards the forehead, and temples.

The idea is to make the massage anti-gravity and anti-sagging. This helps to maintain facial contour as far as possible.

Massaging is also necessary for hands and legs with the same principle.

If you are using a cosmetic product or a moisturizer for massaging purposes, you must follow the guidelines provided on the pack.

Cleaning--Toning--Moisturising:

This is the standard rule to be followed, while using a skincare product.

  • Cleansing means loosening dirt and dust, and unclogging the skin pores by using warm water. After cleansing, cold water should be used to close and tighten the skin pores.
  • Toning removes excess cleanser which might be left on your skin. Toners also stimulate circulation.
  • Moisturising means protecting and rejuvenating the skin. They can be chosen according to the different types of skin--dry skin, oily skin or normal skin.
  • They are available in the form of gels, serums, lotions, creams or with SPF for sun protection.
Yoga for radiant facial skin

Yoga for radiant facial skin

Yoga poses for radiant and glowing skin

Like any other part of the body, the facial skin also needs exercises.

Yoga exercises such as:

  • Padmasana,

  • Matsyasana,

  • Siddhasana,

  • Simhasana

  • Veerasana

These yogasanas are beneficial to maintain radiant skin.

While facial massage with Olive oil helps to get rid of dry and dead skin through exfoliation, these yogic exercises are very effective in toning the skin naturally.

  • Another exercise to delay the wrinkles is to inflate your mouth with air, rotate the air within mouth from one side to another. Remember to keep your lips firmly closed. Slowly release after a minute. Repeat five to ten times a day.

Simhasana yoga pose for radiant face, Source: YouTube

Use natural products rather than chemicals for skin health

Use natural products rather than chemicals for skin health

9 Easy, Safe and Best Homemade Face Packs, Especially for Wrinkles.

Homemade skin care products are safe and effective. At least you know what you are applying to your precious skin.

  1. Milk, Curd, Fruits are used to make excellent facial masks.
  2. One of most effective facial mask is prepared with a mixture of honey, turmeric powder, few drops of lemon juice and raw milk.
  3. In Indian tradition, a combination of Sandalwood powder and turmeric powder paste is applied to the prospective bride and the bridegroom. This is done to provide the radiant glow to the skin.
  4. This face pack has immense skin benefits and is also considered auspicious.
  5. Due to the medicinal properties, the turmeric prevents skin infections, spots, blemishes, acne, and keeps the skin glowing and radiant.
  6. Drinking at least 10 to 12 glasses of water every day, Keeps the skin hydrated and glowing. And hydrated skin does not form wrinkles and it does not sag.
  7. Doing regular exercise, Yoga, morning, and evening walks are beneficial for glowing skin.
  8. Regular and gentle massage with olive oil or any other suitable oil.
  9. Eating healthy foods which includes fruits, nuts, green vegetables and avoiding unhealthy and junk food is necessary to prevent wrinkle formation and sagging of skin.
  10. Last but not the least, sound sleep is beneficial for skin health.

To Conclude:

Skin is an important part of our body. In fact, it covers and protects our entire body. It regulates temperature, protects, manages wastes from the skin, and also breathes.

Therefore, it is very important to take care of skin. Any negligence can result in skin related issues such as rashes, acne, eczema to name a few.

Not only for a youthful look, because the skin is the first thing which can tell your age, but also to avoid spots, blemishes, wrinkles, and sagging skin, we must take care of our skin as we cross twenty years of age.

Chitrangada Sharan


References and useful read about skincare-Dermatologist‘s Advice

1. https://www.webmd.com/beauty/cosmetic-product-ingredients#1

2. https://www.drbaileyskincare.com/info/dermatologists-advice/skin-care-tips/wrinkle-treatment

3. https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/skin-care-secrets/anti-aging/reduce-premature-aging-skin


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 07, 2018:

You are right Shaloo. A healthy, glowing skin doesn’t need any makeup and that can be achieved through Yoga and meditation.

Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. Have a good day!

Shaloo Walia from India on October 07, 2018:

Great tips! Yoga and meditation indeed work wonders for the skin. Its even better than any expensive facial.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 05, 2018:

Thank You Sp Greaney, for your kind visit and comments!

You are right, a combination of some of these suggestions, does help in maintaining the youthfulness of the skin.

Many thanks for your appreciation and support !

Sp Greaney from Ireland on May 04, 2018:

Great tips. I've never tried yoga or facial exercises. I think it all does help over time to keep your skin looking young and healthy.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 24, 2018:

Thanks Peggy, for reading and appreciating this article!

You are right, that proper nutritious food, sound sleep, along with plenty of water is important for healthy skin. After a certain age, it needs more care. Genetics of course has a role too.

Thanks for your insightful comments!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 23, 2018:

Excellent advice Chitrangada with regard to skin care and avoiding wrinkles. Genetics has something to do with it as well as avoiding excess sun exposure, drinking enough water and getting proper nutrition and enough sleep.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 01, 2018:

Thanks for reading and commenting on this article Thelma!

Glad you liked the information. I understand your concern about using turmeric in face mask. Only a small amount is used, and after washing the face, the yellow colour vanishes, and only the glow of skin stays. Turmeric is a regular item in Indian kitchens, for it’s anti inflammatory, anti allergic and other health benefits. But it’s always better to test, whether it suits you or not.

Appreciate your kind visit and support! Thank You!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on February 15, 2018:

Great tips. I have not tried turmeric in making my facial mask as I am scared that the yellow color will stay on my face. I might try this though. Thanks for sharing your wonderful beauty secrets.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 23, 2018:

Thank you MarleneB for reading and appreciating the article! I am glad you found it useful.

Yes, regular facial massage is very beneficial for the skin, whatever age we may be in.

Thanks for stopping by and good day to you.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on January 23, 2018:

These are all excellent tips. I recently started hearing about facial massage and now I think I will try it, too.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 19, 2017:

Once again thank you Dianna for your kind visit and comments!

You are doing the right thing by drinking enough water and the green vegetables. It’s important to keep us hydrated for that glowing skin.

Appreciate your positive feedback. Thanks.

Dianna Mendez on December 18, 2017:

I try to follow all the wonderful suggestions you have listed here, Chitrangada. My goal is drink 8 glasses of water each day in 2018 and eat more raw vegetables.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 06, 2017:

Thanks Ericdierker for that wonderful comment! It made me smile.

You are right, the diet is also very important.

Appreciate your feedback. Thank You!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 06, 2017:

Thank You Sarah Spradin, for reading and appreciating the article! Glad you liked it.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 05, 2017:

My boy and I run and hide when the "Tumeric Monster" comes out of the bathroom or kitchen. I have no idea what she does but she is an Asian queen. She does this stuff, and wow does she look 15 years younger than what she is.

But it all boils down to diet in the end - as my boy and I slip out for burgers '-)

Sarah Spradlin from Little Rock, Arkansas on December 05, 2017:

Great article. Thanks.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 04, 2017:

Thank you Tamara for appreciating the article! Glad you found it useful and informative.

Pomegranates are wonderful and they have many health benefits.

Always a pleasure to read your comments!

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on December 03, 2017:

Excellent, informative article, Chitrangada. And BTW, Pomegranates are my utmost favorite fruit of all time! I could eat them, happily, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 30, 2017:

Wow! Thank You so much MsDora.

It feels wonderful to be helpful to someone.

Wish you all the best!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 30, 2017:

Chitrangada, I just read this article again and want to thank you again for introducing some new information (at least to me) which is very helpful.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 30, 2017:

Thanks Devika for reading and commenting on this article!

I agree with you that the skin can be maintained with the right food, regular care and water.

I also don’t use makeup. If the skin is healthy, one doesn’t need it at all.

Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts with us.

Have a good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 30, 2017:

Thanks Manatita for coming back! A very good day to you!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 30, 2017:

I don't use make up and don't have direct sun on my face. The skin stays healthy with proper eating habits. I try to use cold or luke warm water when washing my face. You have shared an important part of our lives, the skin requires nourishing and you said it all here.

manatita44 from london on November 29, 2017:

Nice! So happy that you know this! You are blessed indeed!!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 29, 2017:

Thank You Manatita for your valuable feedback!

I am glad you liked the article. I completely agree with you that inner peace and calm reflects on the face and skin. And there is no replacement to that. That’s why Yogasana and meditation helps to have that radiant skin.

Spirituality makes us conscious about the Supreme and the Self and that gives a feeling of contentment. This feeling reflects on the enlightened face- So beautiful!

Thank You for stopping by!

manatita44 from london on November 29, 2017:

A very educational Hub done well. You cover the essentials and it includes so much in our philosophy! The diet, exercise, Hatha Yoga, fruits, berries and lemons ... todos. All marvellous for skin tone. Great pics!

Let me just say that we are all practice celebacy. I mention this, as the girls in our Centre have so much Light on their faces and their ages are so hard to tell. It all comes from the power of meditation, celebacy and quite a few of the things you mentioned. Great Hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 28, 2017:

Thank you Peg Cole for reading and appreciating the article!

I am glad you liked the suggestions. Yes turmeric is full of health benefits both internally and externally.

Have a wonderful day!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 28, 2017:

Truly important to know there are alternatives to the firming artificial cosmetics out there. The use of turmeric seems to be quite helpful inside the body. I had no idea it could be used as an external aid as well. Thanks for the great ideas.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 27, 2017:

Thank You Linda for your kind visit and comments! Glad you liked the article and it’s a reminder to me too. Lately I have neglected my health for no particular reason.

Yoga is definitely beneficial in all respects.

Thanks and good day to you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 27, 2017:

Thank You MsDora for appreciating the article! I am glad if this is helpful to you.

I know how women are concerned about their skin, including me. This article is a reminder to me too as I am not getting any younger.

Have a good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 27, 2017:

Thank you Mary for reading and commenting on this article.

Yes, yoga is beneficial for overall health and our skin too.

I understand your concern for applying turmeric. Turmeric is a regular in Indian kitchens, due to its anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and other properties, both for internal and external organs. Yes it leaves a yellow colour, but that is temporary. For face packs, a very small amount is used and after washing the face, the colour vanishes and only the glow remains.

But if it doesn’t suit your skin, there are many other ways for skincare.

Thank You again for your kind visit! Have a good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 27, 2017:

Thanks Tamara for appreciating the article.

You have suggested some more useful tips here about which I didn’t know. Thanks for your valuable suggestions. I would love to try them.

Thanks for the compliments too. Nothing great about me-It’s all because of my parents genes.

Have a wonderful day dear friend!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 27, 2017:

Thank you billybuc for reading and commenting!

Your energy levels at this age can give a complex to anyone twenty years younger to you. I appreciate your energy and enthusiasm for life and your work. It is that which counts. And if the skin doesn’t show the age, it’s an added pleasure.

Thank You so much for your feedback!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 27, 2017:

I use to do a few yoga exercises but haven't done them for a long time. Thanks for the reminder. I'd like to explore yoga in more detail.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 27, 2017:

Thanks for these suggestions, Chitrangada. My biggest concern is facial wrinkles. I appreciate the help you offer in this article.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on November 27, 2017:

Excellent ideas. I should start doing yoga, I didn't realize it could also help me tone the skin.

I'm a little concerned about using turmeric on my skin. Does it stain? I ask this because when I use it in cooking, my plates have a yellow tinge afterwards.

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on November 27, 2017:

An interesting article, Chitrangada! Another way to bring about a healthy glow to the skin is via Inversion. I’ve been using an antigravity table since I was 19 yrs of age. I use it because it’s so good for stretching. Also, an aerial Yoga Swing can be used to hang upside down, too, while spinning in full 360 degree circles. It is so much fun!

I drink Hot Chocolate, but add lots of extra hot water to it so as to get more water in my diet.

You have a cute and beautiful face, Chitrangada, and will be lovely even when you are 120 yrs of age.

xxxooo

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 27, 2017:

I have pretty good genes. Yes, the wrinkles are showing, but they are not deep and my skin isn't sagging. Not bad for 69.