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Natural collagen: 7 Ayurvedic ingredients you can use to combat skin aging in 2022

The anti-aging and skin tightening industries are becoming increasingly popular with both men and women, with people opting for drastic measures to stay young and healthy, such as doing minimally invasive procedures and modern age corrective beauty therapies. While those treatments are effective, they do have side effects, so perhaps now is the time to consider a fresh start with natural ingredients and see how they can transform and rejuvenate your skin. 

The loss of collagen that occurs with aging causes fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Skin begins to sag as collagen is lost, causing the muscle tone to deteriorate. However, you can easily delay aging signs by ensuring your body has enough collagen. Collagen is the key protein responsible for your skin’s elasticity and smoothing wrinkles. With collagen supplements, your skin can produce more collagen fibrils and delay the aging process. Natural collagen can be enhanced in your body through Ayurveda. Herbs that are used in Ayurveda can enhance collagen levels, defer signs of aging, and minimize their appearance on the skin. The following are seven of these herbs and their benefits to enhance collagen.

1. Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum):
Herbs such as tulsi reduce the effects of aging on the skin. The herb is known as a powerful anti-wrinkle agent. Other benefits of Tulsi in reducing visible signs of aging are:
A. Prevents unevenness and roughness;
B. Hydrates and retains moisture;
C. Softens and smoothes skin.

2. Haldi (Curcuma longa):
Hailidi, considered a magic herb, not only benefits your complexion but your overall health as well. Other benefits of haldi are:
A. Relieves bruises and scars;
B. Stimulates the immune system;
C. Relieves chronic inflammation;
D. Improves the appearance of your skin;
E. Decreases inflammation;
F. Prevents photo-oxidation of the skin.

3. Amla (Phyllanthus emblica):
It is beneficial to consume vitamin C and antioxidant-rich herbs to relieve pain and firm your skin. Other benefits of using Amla are:
A. Enhances the appearance of skin;
B. Promote hair growth, provide strength, and improve texture.

4. Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia):
Guduchi, also known as giloy, is an ayurvedic plant that has inflammation-fighting benefits. This medicinal plant offers multiple physical benefits and improves mental clarity. Key benefits of this herb are:

A. Renewal and rejuvenation of skin tissue;
B. Boosts your immune system.

5. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera):
Ashwagandha helps keep your skin glowing when taken regularly. You will see your skin becoming naturally radiant and clear and smooth. Ashwagandha is beneficial not only for your skin but also for your hair and general health.
The following benefits are also provided:
A. Minimizes wrinkles;
B. Makes your skin firm.

6. Ginseng (Panax ginseng):
Ginseng is a fantastic herbal remedy for anti-aging. Herbs like this contain powerful phytochemicals that slow down the aging process and prevent aging signs. In addition, it is beneficial for:
A. Boosting your skin’s metabolism;
B. Preventing free radical damage caused by UV rays.

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7. Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola):
It contains antioxidants and flavonoids that make it an effective anti-aging agent. These benefits include:
A. Providing nourishment for the skin;
B. Increasing collagen synthesis to prevent premature aging;
C. It also enhances well-being and health.

With Inputs from: Dr Zeel Gandhi BAMS Ayurvedic doctor, Vedix

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