Ageing is a privilege and unarguably an indispensable part of our life. No matter how much we run away from it, it tends to catch up, many a times much in time, and sometimes unannounced! But ageing before time is something we all dread, in terms of physical health as well as appearance. It has been rightly said: “Ageing is a fact of life, looking your age is not!” So how about learning how to age gradually and gracefully – both at the same time?

Discover The Real You

A healthy skin reflects our overall well-being. Unfortunately, in most cases, it is also something which bears the brunt of early ageing. As we age, our skin tends to lose its elasticity and begins to thin out. This often leads to signs such as skin wrinkles, sagging, fine lines, crow’s feet, dark spots, dry skin, etc. While some of these can be owed to the process of natural ageing, most of these would be attributed to an exposure to harmful environment, such as smoke, pollution and UV rays. Direct exposure to harmful sun rays during day time, without wearing a sunscreen could cause a great deal of damage to our skin, all within minutes. Besides, it is evident that our diet and lifestyle also play a great role in maintaining the health of our skin. Thus, indulging in junk food and a rather sedentary lifestyle with unhealthy sleep patterns are some factors that directly reflect on our skin. However, the real culprit behind the whole process of premature ageing is an excessive presence of what are known as free radicals.

When Free Radicals Interfere

Free radicals are small, reactive, skin-wrecking molecules which are responsible for destroying collagen, the building blocks of our skin. When their number in our body grows abundantly large, it causes a constant oxidation damage to our body. Since oxidation over a period of time leads to ageing, the free radicals are believed to be the real culprits behind ageing that makes its appearance way before its time.

The Support Of Antioxidants

Antioxidants, on the other hand, are extremely essential for the health of our skin, and the more we include them in our daily diet and lifestyle, the more it would reflect on our skin, for a long time to come.

Let’s have a look at some of the most effective antioxidants available in nature:

  • Vitamin E is one of the most potent sources of antioxidants. It consists of tocopherols as well as tocotrienols, and can be found in various food products, including seeds, vegetables and meat. Being a nutrient as well as an antioxidant, it deeply nourishes and rejuvenates our skin. This powerful fat-soluble vitamin has a tendency to get better absorbed by the skin, thereby effectively protecting the skin from harmful agents. Vitamin E works wonders as it provides some incredible anti-aging benefits to our skin.
  • Tyrosine is a amino acid complex which is significantly known for its skin conditioning properties. It helps moisturize the skin, reduces wrinkles and fine lines and prevents our skin from the harmful effect of UV rays. It also builds, repairs and strengthens the skin tissue by introducing it to a wide range of proteins and amino-acids.
  • Selenium is another vital nutrient which is loaded with some amazing preventive properties. This antioxidant storehouse is known to significantly slow down the process of ageing due to oxidation as it neutralizes the effect of free radicals and other non-friendly compounds. By working in collaboration with certain other vitamins such as C and E, it speeds up the skin-repair process, thus leaving behind a younger, brighter and healthier skin.

Aging Needs Effective Skin Care

We need to understand that although we can take measures to slow down the process of early aging, we cannot prevent it altogether. Therefore, while it is advisable to steer clear of anything that may speed up the ageing process and lead to premature signs of aging on our skin, it is also recommended to prevent as well as cure these by means that are natural, safe, affordable and effective. The best bet therefore is to invest in the goodness of antioxidants! This is because they work surprisingly well for all types of skin, display long terms effects, thus leaving behind a smooth, radiant and much younger looking skin.


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About the Author:

Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is a leading Ayurveda Professional in India. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga.

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