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It’s a stretch

Most people fear old age for two reasons: declining health and the deterioration of facial features. Here are some handy facts to keep in mind while looking after your skin...

health and fitness Updated: Jul 03, 2010 19:11 IST
Shikha Sharma

Most people fear old age for two reasons: declining health and the deterioration of facial features. But good nutrition, scrupulous maintenance, good habits and a worry-free life can solve these problems to a certain extent. Here are some handy facts to keep in mind while looking after your skin:

Drink at least two bottles of water every day. And use moisturisers to hydrate the skin externally. After washing your face, pat it dry rather than rub a towel roughly over it. This helps the face retain moisture. Avoid actively dehydrating your skin. For example, avoid laxatives, diuretics, and excess coffee or tea (two cups a day is all right).

Eat antioxidant-rich foods such as fruits, fresh salads and green tea or herbal infusions. So eat two fruits daily, plus a bowl of fresh salad like cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli and bell peppers.

Research shows that the red lycopene found in tomatoes is beneficial for skin repair. Other red pigment vegetables and fruits have vitamins that aid in the repair of skin.

Consume zinc-rich foods like nuts and oilseeds. These also contain other important minerals like chromium, phosphorus and potassium.

Include green leafy vegetables, a rich source of chlorophyll, in your diet. Chlorophyll is supposed to cleanse and re-energise the whole body. Make an anti-ageing juice with cucumber, tomatoes, beetroot, aloe vera, mint, wheat grass, barley grass and lauki. For flavour, add an apple.

Ensure adequate consumption of oil and application of oil on the skin. This prevents wrinkling. Also include in your diet sources of omega 3, 6 and 9 acids like olives, nuts, oilseeds, avocados, flaxseeds and almonds.

Meditation, yoga and learning to manage anxiety and stress go a long way to help you look and feel young.