Ayurveda says wrinkle appears due to age, vata imbalance which causes dry skin and less moisture in skin. Balancing vata dosha with herbs, diet and lifestyles can slow down ageing of skin and prevent wrinkles on face and neck. Ayurvedic treatment for this is very effective.
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What Ayurveda says about wrinkles on Face, Neck and Skin ?
Wrinkling is a natural process of the skin as we age (old age is known as Jara in ayurveda) . Skin starts wrinkling because it loses the moisture and the elasticity that was helping it stay soft, firm and wrinkle free. Once you reach the age of 30 and above, you will start noticing definite changes in the way your skin feels and looks.
According to principles of ayurveda increased vata or imbalanced vata dosha leads to fast ageing, drying of skin and less moisture in skin. This leads to appearance of wrinkles on skin.
Let us Know about Normal Skin before analyzing the skin with wrinkles.
The skin is made up of 3 layers – the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue.
The epidermis is the outer layer .The cells of the epidermis, move from the bottom layer of the epidermis to the top layer. Epidermis acts as a protective layer to external environment. As the cells reach the top layer they flake off.
The second layer dermis, contains the connective tissues which are the structural elements of the skin. These tissues give skin the strength (collagen fibres), turgor , elasticity (elastin) etc. The cells of the epidermis receive their nutrients from the blood vessels in the dermis.
Below dermis is the subcutaneous tissue containing fat cells. These fat cells act as insulation to the body. The skin looks plumpy due to fat cells.
Due to innumerable causes changes occur in dermis and epidermis .This leads to formation of wrinkles.
Causes of Wrinkles
There are several factors that can affect health of your skin. The factors range from lack of skin care, climate, and exposure to sun rays, nutritional factor, hygiene, genetic factors, etc. Skin is delicate and highly exposed to any risks that we come across throughout the day. This is why we need to maintain and clean the skin regularly.
The epidermal cells become thinner as age advances .They also lose their stickiness. This change in epidermal cells allows the moisture to escape instead of retaining it back causing dryness of the skin. As we get old the epidermal cells start dividing slowly and the rate of repairing process also retards. Thus thinning of skin leads to wrinkles
Changes in dermis which leads to wrinkles:
- The collagen fiber production reduces.
- The elastin fibers wear out.
- The production of sebum from sebaceous glands decreases.
- there will be a decrease in number of sweat glands.
- The supply of nutrients also decreases.
Changes in subcutaneous tissues.
- The fat cells get smaller with age.
- All these changes in three layers of skin lead to wrinkles and sagging.
The factors that cause early aging and formation of wrinkles
Constant exposure to U-V radiations from sun cause premature aging of skin. Due to constant exposure to sun the epidermis becomes thin and many harm full lesions like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinomas occur. Sun light also damages collagen fibers of dermis causing early aging. Increased sun light causes dryness and imbalances vata.
The hormonal changes due to menopause or decreased estrogen production may lead to changes in skin. Few conditions like PCOS or PCOD can also cause hormonal imbalance which can lead to wrinkles.
Ayurvedic Treatment to Avoid Wrinkles.
Wrinkles will not occur early if you take enough care of your skin.
Massage Your Body with Herbal Oil
Skin care changes from season to season; however, most common factor in all types of climatic conditions is that the skin will lose moisture whether it is the summer or the winter. Therefore, if you want to maintain the texture and softness of your skin it is necessary to moisturize your skin from outside and the inside. For this follow these routines.
- Massage your body with kshirabala oil or pure sesame oil twice in a week.
- After bath apply oil based moisturiser cream or lotion regularly.
First step in skin care to avoid wrinkles is moisturizing and hydrating. Moisturizing and hydrating of the skin are the same thing. However, your choice of moisturizers should change according the to season. In winter you should use something thicker as a moisturizer this can be the cold cream. However, during summer, your skin is going to be sweaty, it can also get dirty faster, therefore use a moisturizer which is absorbed quickly by the skin and is thinner.
Consume Ayurvedic Healthy Vata Balancing Diet
Once your skin starts wrinkling you can be sure that your skin is losing out on its nutritional elements. You should know that there are certain lifestyle habits that too can affect the when and how your skin wrinkles. It is necessary to maintain a healthy balance of vitamin c, linoleic acid, fatty acids, etc.
For healthy skin it is necessary to follow a routine that will benefit not just your health, it will also benefit the skin. Eating well, fresh and fiber rich food can help you avoid wrinkles at the same time give you a healthy and long life. Provide your body with lots of fruits during summer; this will help skin hydration from the inside. Drinking ample water is not just good for your health; it is also good for your skin.
Practice Healthy Lifestyle
Wrinkling due to lifestyle habits includes exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet radiation. It can also be caused by other habits like smoking, alcohol abuse, etc. All these increase vata dosha.
If you want to avoid wrinkling of skin, these are some of lifestyle habits you need to change. Healthy skin requires a chance to survive rigors of daily life; therefore, you should make it easier for skin instead of making it harder. Following Ayurvedic Daily Routine or Dinacharya and Seasonal routine or “Rutucharya” helps to keep skin look young and wrinkle free. Regular exercise is also very important to keep skin healthy.
Avoid Harsh Sun Rays
Another skin care routine avoid wrinkles is using the sun block creams for protection against the UVA and the UVB rays that the sun light emits. Ultraviolet radiation can damage your skin considerably and give you wrinkles earlier than your skin actually get.
For this texts of ayurveda recommend to wear a cap or head gear to prevent sun rays falling on face. They also advice to carry an umbrella to protect oneself from harsh climate.
Watch your bath and body products
Be careful while making a choice of regular products like the bathing soaps and shampoos. These products should be chosen depending on quality, skin type, seasonal suitability and ingredients. As more and more studies are being made, it is being found out that instead of chemical products, natural products not just cleanse skin, these are also able to protect the Ph balance of skin.
For this ayurveda recommends a gentle scrub which is made using natural ingredients like fenugreek seeds (methi) flour, Bengal gram (moong dal) flour and Chickpea Flour (chana dal flour or besan). Click here for ayurvedic body scrub recipe.
Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Wrinkles
- Massage your body with ayurvedic oil like ksheerabala oil.
- Even massaging with warm sesame oil helps to prevent ageing of skin.
- Kumkumadi tailam (oil) made of saffron (Health Benefits of Saffron or Kesar or Crocus Sativus – An Ayurveda View) is the best ayurvedic treatment for wrinkles.
- Apply moisturizer regularly.
- Air conditioners and room heaters tend to dry the skin. Hence apply heavier moisturizer if you are working in these conditions.
- Do not stretch or pull the delicate skin under eye or facial skin.
- Do not go out in hot sun. Carry an umbrella, wear sun glasses and apply sun screen lotions before stepping out in hot sun.
- Avoid smoking.
- Consume chick peas and soya beans regularly.
- Drink milk.
- Practice YOGA and MEDITATION regularly.
- Apply egg yolk once in a week for 10 minutes.
- A mixture of honey, olive oil and cream give very good results.
- Apply nourishing mask once in a week.
- Massage whole body with warm pure coconut oil before going to bed
- You can also use a mixture of coconut oil and coconut milk as body and face pack to keep wrinkles at bay
Ayurvedic Anti Wrinkle Face Pack
Wrinkles appear due to ageing, dry skin and lack of moisture in skin. Massaging the body skin with milk help to reduce its dryness and increases the moistness. The unctuous and soothing properties of milk help to increase glow of skin and delays aging process.
According to ayurveda a mixture of turmeric (1/4 spoon), masoor dal flour (red lentil flour) (4 spoons) and sufficient quantity of milk and water (in equal quantities) to mix this into consistency of paste make an excellent face pack to reduce wrinkles. Regular application of this pack delays ageing process of skin. Turmeric increases skin glow and prevent formation of scars. Milk increases moisture level of skin and makes skin smooth and wrinkle free. Masoor dal flour provides nutrition required by the skin.
Drink milk regularly to keep the skin healthy from inside. Milk also strengthens bones and delays ageing process of body.
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