Don’t just Age gracefully — Age beautifully

Young Bites. Dated: 3/11/2019 8:41:35 AM

SHAHNAZ HUSAIN You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing," the famous quote by George Bernard Shaw is still relevant in modern context .We all want to look great as we age and seek solutions in jars and bottles, potions and lotions promising timeless youth and beauty. Age is no longer what it used to be . Getting older doesn’t mean decline or despair. It’s a reason for celebration! After all, with age comes experience, wisdom, peace and a certain level of respect and expertise. . There are plenty of ways we can age with grace, beauty and joy. We can experience more happiness, more success and get even better with age and experience . Aging is inescapable. Let’s face it, none of us love the idea of getting older and make up can't completely cover aging.So, why not age gracefully and beautifully and maybe get back that natural glow? So, what are the wisdom to aging beautifully and gracefully. If we acknowledge that beauty comes from health, we can motivate ourselves to be our healthiest. That starts with the basics. If you have been following a healthy diet and lifestyle, you will fi nd that it delays visible ageing signs on your skin. Good health and fitness have many benefits where the appearance is concerned. Actually, regular exercise helps to delay aging changes and has a benefi cial effect on both body and mind. It keeps the muscles and joints fl exible and prevents problems like osteoporosis. Walking is excellent, as it helps to exercise the entire body. The benefits of exercise are extensive. Among them are the feel-good hormones which are produced when we exercise: endorphins. These make us happier and improve our energy levels . Running, tennis, gym, football, badminton ,kho kho, belly dancing, it’s all good. So, consult your doctor about taking up some regular exercise. You are what you eat hits home when you pass 45. Along with exercise, adopt a healthy eating pattern, with an emphasis on fresh fruits, unrefi ned cereals, salads, sprouts, lightly cooked vegetables, yogurt and skimmed milk, clear soups, fresh fruit juices. The diet should be low in fats, sugar and starch, but high in vitamins and minerals. This kind of diet will raise your level of fi tness and also help your skin. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains is highly advisable . It is never too late to start a regular skin care routine, selecting products according to the skintype. The skin-care routine should include cleansing, toning, moisturizing and nourishing. With age, the activity of the oil glands decreases and the skin becomes drier. Therefore, daily moisturizing and nourishing help to keep the skin soft, supple and youthful. Certain areas show ageing signs easily. So, pay special attention to the neck and the area around the eyes, which show age most of all. Nowadays specialized products are available for the care of particular areas, like the eyes. Avoid massaging the skin around the eyes, as it can get easily pulled and stretched. The application of outer-eye creams helps to maintain the elasticity of the skin and prevent early wrinkles. The hands also begin to show neglect and ageing sooner than most other parts of the body. Take 2 tablespoons sunflower oil and 3 tablespoon coarse sugar. Mix together till it becomes a paste. Apply and rub into skin of hands. Rinse off after 15 minutes. Take weekly facials at a good beauty parlous. Professional massage, with cleansing, toning and mask, really help to rejuvenate the skin. The skin’s ability to retain moisture improves and so does the process of cell renewal. Recent scientific studies show that sun-exposure causes spectacular changes in the skin and is the single most important cause of skin ageing. The effect of the sun, or photo-ageing, is much more profound than the passage of time. Therefore, sun-protection with sun-block products is imperative. Many anti-ageing ingredients are also easily available at home: Green tea is a powerful antioxidant, which helps to delay visible ageing signs. Take half cup water and 2 teaspoons green tea. Bring the water to a boil. Put tea leaves in a ceramic bowl. Pour the hot water over it and keep for 2 minutes. Strain and cool the liquid. Apply on face with cotton wool to tone the skin. Leave on. Boil carrots, cabbage and turnip in water. Strain, cool and use the water to wash the face. Mash the vegetables into a pulp and use like a face mask. This helps to nourish the skin with Vitamin A and minerals. Fruits like banana, apple, papaya, water melon can be mixed together and applied as a face mask for all skin types. Papaya, rich in enzymes, cleanses the skin of dead cells and helps cell renewal. Banana tightens the skin. Apples and oranges are rich in vitamins and minerals. Water melon hydrates the skin. Apply and wash off after 30 minutes. For an anti-ageing face mask that also adds radiance, take half-teaspoon wheatgerm oil and 2 DROPS geranium oil. Add 2 teaspoons oatmeal, one teaspoon almond meal and orange juice. The pack is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E, with powerful anti-ageing benefi ts.


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