Aging is a very normal thing. It’s
biology. As you grow older, your cells deteriorate over time, leading to a
gradual reduction of physical and mental capacities of an individual.
Anti-aging is a buzzword that gets thrown
around a lot in relation to aging, but quite often it is mostly as a marketing
ploy to sell more drugs and cosmetics. And even though we don’t have the means
to literally turn back the clock on the human body (yet!), the desire to appear
and feel young is not an idea that you could just shun away.
As you grow older, the visible effects of
aging become clearer, and the dread of losing your youth might drive you towards
looking for means to prevent it from happening. It’s not a new concept either. Kings
and adventurers have sacrificed unnatural amounts of resources, whether wealth
or people, to find the hypothetical fountain of youth that is mentioned in many
mythologies all over the world.
The anti-aging movement still rages on in
the current day and age. The downside of such a movement is people caring too
much about their outward appearances, to the point where they damage their
bodies further with the use of harsh drugs and cosmetics, some going as far as
to undertake cosmetic surgeries to appear young which often times cause extreme
body and mental harm.
That said, the world is also evolving and
moving past appearances towards healthier lifestyles, with people wanting to
not only look young, but feel young as well and slow down the deterioration
process. In the long run, aging is something that is impossible to avoid. But,
as we start understanding the processes better, with good enough care, it can
certainly be slowed down. With all kinds of pharmaceutical and cosmetic
products gaining attention, we though it would be a great idea to share some
effective home remedies and tips for anti-aging.
Ø Get Sufficient Sleep
Sleep is by far one of the most important
physiological processes. It is the natural process that the body needs to
repair damaged cells, rejuvenate the organs, and keep all your bodily systems
in check. As people continue to push for hectic life schedules, sleep often
times becomes an afterthought and more and more sleep time is sacrificed in
favour of other activities. This is often detrimental to your body because it
doesn’t get the required sleep it needs to recover, leading to, not only poor
mental health, but also shows itself physically in the form of lethargy, body
pain, and more visibly in the form of skin defects, including early wrinkles
and dry skin.
Medically, it is advised than an average
adult should sleep for at least 7-8 hours a day to feel fully replenished. While
we’re talking about sleep, it is also good practise to avoid using electronics
right before you go to bed and also use the night-light filter on your phones
and computers, which reduces blue-light stimulation, thus allowing for less
Ø Stay Hydrated
Just as sleep is crucial for the body, so
is water. Water is literally what keeps us alive and is necessary in almost
every physiological process in the body. Dehydration or even the lack of
sufficient hydration can lead to irritation, unhealthy organ development,
including skin, and a lot of health issues that can easily be avoided. Drinking
adequate amount of water ensures that the body’s metabolism is unhindered,
preventing faster degradation of the cells. Not drinking enough water can lead
to dry skin, wrinkles, dry hair, and even hair loss.
Ø Healthy Diet And Lifestyle
Going on with the theme of things that are
absolutely essential for the body, maintaining a proper diet is something that
can help you in the long run. It’s not something we pay a lot of attention in
our day-to-day lives, but it is one of the perfect solutions to a healthy, long
life, and a rich and glowing skin.
A good balance or micro and macro
nutrients also doesn’t mean that you sacrifice on taste. With people moving
towards a more health-conscious lifestyle, there’s plenty of sources available
that can guide you towards food choices and recipes that are both easy to make
and extremely healthy. Even if you don’t want to go down the route of revamping
your entire diet, simple steps like cutting down on sugar and deep-fried foods,
which often results in skin problems like acne and blemishes, is a good start.
Adding more fruits and nuts to your diet helps give your body the necessary
dietary fibre and nutrients that you might miss from a starchy meal.
Getting in a weekly dose of workout also
helps develop a healthy body and mind, and reduces the overall wear and tear of
your cells. It is also important to make sure that you wash up well after a
workout. Regular washing can help maintain pore health, which in turn keeps the
skin and body healthy by flushing out toxins.
Ø Protect Yourself From The Sun
Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D
for your body. But excessive sunlight also damages skin cells, leading to sunburn
and a dried out, leathery skin, and in the worst cases, skin cancer. Now, you
can’t just decide to never go out in the sun. It is important to protect
yourself from direct sunlight as much as possible. The regular use of sunscreen
and protective clothing can help with that.
Ø Maintain A Proper Skin-Care Routine
Often times, we neglect to take good care
of our skin directly. It is quite often exposed to the elements and pollutants,
which wears and tears it down over the years, and without care, will just
deteriorate faster. Just remembering to wash your face every now and then,
using lotion, using facemask, and proper removal of makeup will make your skin
feel younger and fresher.
Ø Don’t Let The Advertisements Fool You
We mentioned how anti-aging is often used
as a marketing buzzword to sell products. Finding the right product that works
for you will require more than a mere advertisement for a brand-new cream that
offers miracle anti-aging properties. Many of these products also often don’t
have the necessary active ingredients that can effectively help you. Proper
research and medical advice could help you find exactly what you might need for
a good and healthy skin.
Chronic stress is known to accelerate the
aging process. It is important to de-stress sometimes to prevent it from
happening. Look for ways to balance work and life so as to reduce this stress
and anxiety. Natural remedies like aromatherapy and essential oils can help
with de-stressing without a huge up-front investment.