Eat right to keep premature wrinkles at bay

  • Anjali Mukherjee, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2014 20:40 IST

Wrinkles are usually formed when the skin loses its elasticity. And to some extent, it is also a result of aging. Wrinkles first appear around the eyes and lips as laugh lines.

As we age, our skin becomes dryer and thinner, leading to the formation of wrinkles. Nutritional blunders committed by us also cause deterioration of the skin identical to that caused by aging.

One such blunder is the inadequate intake of vitamin C that helps form the connective tissue, preventing it from drying. At least 500 mg of vitamin C should be consumed daily to benefit from its skin protecting properties.

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This amount is available in a regular vitamin C supplement. Natural sources of vitamin C include guava, orange, capsicum, cabbage and papaya.

Over-exposure to the sun is another factor that harms the skin, as the ultra-violet rays also cause damage. Normal day-to-day activities such as walking in the sun or driving can cause sun damage and dry up your skin.

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Smoking, too, makes the skin vulnerable to wrinkles. Smoking leads to constriction of the arteries, reducing the oxygen and nutrition delivery to the cells, which can cause them to dry up. Furthermore, every cigarette uses up at least 20 mg of vitamin C. A chain smoker is therefore deficient in the vitamin, which affects the connective tissue of the skin and makes it wrinkle and sag.

Some easy ways to ban premature wrinkles
Make sure that you drink a glass of vegetable juice comprising carrot, cucumber and beetroot or fruit juice that consists of orange and sweet lime every day. These juices will help provide your body with antioxidants like vitamin C and A that help prevent cellular damage to the cells.

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To keep your skin hydrated, you must drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. Practice skin-cleansing routine regularly. To clean large pores on your skin effectively, you could rub a mashed tomato over your face. It also gives a natural glow to your skin. Vitamin B, along with mineral zinc, helps in maintaining a healthy skin texture.

If you have dry skin, try eating a bowl of low-fat curd for breakfast along with six to eight almonds. Also, prepare a mixture of crushed grapes and honey. Make a paste and apply it to your face. Leave it for 20-30 minutes and rinse.

Grapes are a good source of alpha hydroxy acids and collagen that help prevent premature wrinkles. Avoid washing your face with soap. Use soap-free facewash instead. This prevents depletion of the natural oils in your skin. Exercise helps improve circulation. Better blood circulation means better bioavailability of nutrients and oxygen, and better skin glow.

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