Glow Our skin loses its sheen due to many factors. Here are some things you can do to restore its lost glory.
The sheer radiance seen on a child’s face is a joy to behold. However, over time, this glow vanishes. How does this happen? There are multiple causes for this—pollution, UV radiation, diet, stress, ageing and wrong skincare. All of these take their toll on our skin, making it dull and lifeless.
Like all other organs in our body, our skin too undergoes wear and tear as we age. A poor diet and dehydration cause the skin to become dry and dull. UV rays darken and tan the skin, making it lifeless. Collagen decreases with age, leading to loosening of the skin and formation of wrinkles. Indiscriminate use of harsh creams and cleansers also adds to the damage. In addition, hormonal changes and the natural ageing process all affect the lustre. All of these together result in age spots, wrinkles, crow’s feet and a dull, listless skin.
Can this be prevented?
To a certain extent, yes. A balanced diet, adequate water intake, strict sun protection, judicious use of cosmetics and proper pampering of the skin can help prevent the damage to some extent. However, there is still a loss of glow to a variable extent.
Can we get this glow back and how?
The old adage “healthy mind begets a healthy body” is also apt for the skin, as the skin is a window to the state of our body. The glow is a combination of factors, both internal and external:
Stress: It affects our skin acutely—it robs the skin of its glow. It causes worry and frown lines, dark circles, age spots and pigmentation. Keeping one’s mind calm and tackling stress fruitfully go a long way in returning the glow. When we are calm, our face is relaxed and the worry lines ease out, giving the skin its radiance. Deep breathing [pranayama], yoga and meditation help to get the glow back. We have only to recollect the images of saints and yogis to understand the glow from a serene mind. Internal bliss is reflected as a warm radiant glow on the skin. A happy mind leads to happy skin, so we must smile more.
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