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Do Anti-Ageing Creams Really Work?




As we age, it is a common tendency to resort to anti-ageing and wrinkle-free creams. Poor lifestyle factors contribute to poor and sagging skin. In addition to this, constant exposure to the sun can further hamper the skin and causes wrinkles. Today, numerous anti-ageing creams are flooded in the market. These creams promise reduced wrinkles and claim to reverse damage caused by UV rays of the sun. But are these creams effective? Effectiveness of anti-ageing creams depends on their ingredients. This is because over the counter creams which are sold without prescription usually aren’t scientifically proven for their effectiveness.

Usually, anti-ageing creams are only moderately effective. Here are some ingredients which are commonly used in anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle creams:

  1. Retinol

A Vitamin A compound, retinol is a widely used antioxidant ingredient used in creams which are sold over the counter. Antioxidant property of retinol helps in fighting the damage caused by free radicals – which can contribute to break down of skin cells and cause wrinkles.

  1. Coenzyme Q10

This is an ingredient in anti-ageing and wrinkle-free creams helps in reducing wrinkles around the eyes and offers protection from sun damage.

  1. Hydroxy acids

Alpha, beta and poly hydroxyl acids are exfoliants which help in removing the upper layer of old and dead skin. Hydroxy acids also play the role of stimulating growth evenly pigmented and smooth new skin.

  1. Niacinamide

Niacinamide is an ingredient which helps in reducing loss of water from the skin and improves its elasticity.

  1. Peptides

Peptides is a product which helps in healing stretch marks, wounds and wrinkles.

  1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another important antioxidant which is found in wrinkle-free and anti-ageing creams. Vitamin C offers protection from damage caused by UV rays of the sun. However, wrinkle creams containing Vitamin C must be stores in a cool and dry place, away from air and direct sunlight.

  1. Grape seed extract

Extract of grape seed has properties which help in healing wounds. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

  1. Tea extracts

Compounds of green, black and oolong tea have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea extracts are quite commonly found in wrinkle creams.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, creams and lotions are cosmetic products which have no medical value.

Hence, before buying anti-ageing and wrinkle free creams, the following points must be considered:

  1. Creams which are less concentrated

Over-the-counter wrinkle-free and anti-ageing creams contain lesser concentrations of active ingredients. Their effectiveness is limited and short-lived.

  1. Frequency of use

Anti-ageing and wrinkle creams need to be used regularly, once or twice in a day for a few weeks until they actually begin to show results. Also, there are chances that your skin gets back to the same condition once you discontinue the creams.

  1. Ingredients

Creams which have all of the above ingredients might not necessarily be more effective than the ones which do not have all of the ingredients in them

  1. Cost

It is not necessary that the creams which are higher in cost will be more effective.

  1. Side effects

Side effects come handy with creams which anti-ageing and wrinkle-free creams. They can cause rashes, burning, redness and skin irritation. People who resort to anti-ageing and wrinkle free creams should ensure following the instructions given at the back of the products.

  1. You may respond to a cream differently

Every individual has a different skin type. Hence it the same anti-ageing and wrinkle-free cream might not have the same effect on you and someone else.

The right way to go wrinkle-free

There are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to getting rid of wrinkles. For starters, you need to make sure that you protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Exposure to sun’s UV rays can lead to faster ageing of the skin, uneven pigmentation and much more!

Also, you should focus on choosing products which have sun protection forumula (SPF) minimum 15. Make sure you use moisturisers regularly. They prevent skin cells from shriveled.

Smoking can narrow the blood vessels in the outer layer of the skin. It also damages collages and elastin, which ultimately causes sagging and wrinkles. Avoid smoking to have a wrinkle-free skin.



These Nutritious Breakfasts Can Give A Kick Start To Your Day: Do Try Them!

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Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day. It is the meal which kick-starts your metabolism and helps you burn calories throughout the day. Not only is it important for people who are trying to lose weight, it is simply important for a person to stay fit and healthy. Breakfast is the one meal which can give you the energy to do things and focus at your work and school. WebMD says that including breakfast in your diet can have positive effects on your memory and concentration.

Following are some breakfast options suggested by Delhi-based nutritionist Pooja Malhotra, which can give a boost your energy and also keep you warm during the chilly winter months.

Try these healthy breakfast options right now!


1. Stuffed rotis

Winter is the time when a variety of vegetables are in season. Stuffed rotis or paranthas made from methi (fenugreek), mooli (radish), gobi (cauliflower), matar (peas) or gajar (carrots) can all make for a delicious and wholesome winter breakfast. You can cook them with ghee (make sure you use it in the right quantity) and eat them with pickle and curd. Stuffed rotis are essentially the traditional Indian breakfast which people have been having for years. Prepare them as your grandmother used to prepare and enjoy them throughout winter.

2. Palak or beetroot roti with mint raita

Palak or spinach is a leafy geen veggie with more health benefits than you can count in your fingers. Similar is the case with beetroot, which is a root vegetable which is incredibly low in calories and is a great source of essential nutrients like fibre, folate and Vitamin C. Beetroot also contains nitrates and pigments which can help in controlling your blood pressure and may improve your overall athletic performance.

3. Egg parantha or scrambled eggs with chapati

Now that is a protein-rich breakfast which can help you keep full for longer. Prepare egg paranthas or eat scrambled eggs with roti for the perfect blend of protein, fat and carbs in your breakfast. Also, do not separate the yolk from egg white. A whole egg will provide you with all essential nutrients.

4. Bajra roti with beetroot raita/bajra khichdi

Bajra is a healthy grain which can be included a weight loss diet as well. You can either make a dough of bajra flour or prepare bajra khichdi as a healthy breakfast option. Bajra or millets has properties that can help in stabilising cholesterol levels in the body. Being rich in fibre, the grain is great for digestion and makes for a healthy breakfast option during winter.

(Pooja Malhotra is a nutritionist based in Delhi)

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5 Super Healthy And Warm Drinks To Keep You Hydrated During Winter

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Are the teas and coffees failing to keep you warm during the chilly winter? Then need not worry as we are right here with multiple options for warm and comforting drinks during winter. Warm drinking options are important to keep you hydrated during winter. Staying hydrated during summer seems to be way easier as cold and healthy drinks are aplenty. The easiest way to stay hydrated during summer is to simply gulp down a bottle of water. But in winter, the body is usually in need of something which keeps us warm and on-the-go. Keep reading if you want some alternative warm drinks instead of sipping on a third our fourth cup of coffee.

Drinks to keep you warm and hydrated during winter

Turmeric latte:


Well, this is nothing but our very own haldi doodh. It is the traditional drink which is taken when a person is suffering from cold or fever. It is a healing drink which can naturally detox your body and even strengthen your bones.

Ginger, honey, lemon tea:

Yes, this is another traditional drink which can be taken in warm form as well. You can create a tea concoction by adding ginger, honey and lemon to water and bring to a boil. It can make for a refreshing and warming drink during the chilly winter months.

Hot mulled cider:

All you need to do is add cardamom, peppercorns, star anise, ginger, lemon and cloves to apple cider vinegar. Add a tinge of all these ingredients in a cup of ACV and heat it in low flame. The drink is going to make for a flavourful companion to you and your favourite book by the fireplace.

Vegetable/chicken/bone broth or soup:

Soups or broths are filling and extremely warming during the cold winter months. You can either prepare steaming hot vegetable soup or broth or chicken soup or bone breath. Broths and soups are fluids which can help you hydrated during winter while also boosting your immunity and protecting your from catching a cold or infection. Just make sure that their preparation is light and healthy.

Vanilla-almond steamer:

Now this is a toasty treat you all have been craving! All you need is some warm milk, cinnamon, vanilla and some almonds. This velvety winter drink is going to be your all time favourite! What’s more is that you can prepare it beforehand and have it when you’re ready for a warm treat for yourself.

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Fasting can improve overall health, study suggests

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Fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation.

Fasting can lead to improved health and provide protection against ageing-associated diseases, a recent study suggests.

According to the research, fasting affects circadian clocks in the liver and skeletal muscle, causing them to rewire their metabolism, which can ultimately lead to improved health and protection against ageing-associated diseases. The study was published recently in Cell Reports.


The circadian clock operates within the body and its organs as intrinsic time-keeping machinery to preserve homeostasis in response to the changing environment. And, while food is known to influence clocks in peripheral tissues, it was unclear, until now, how the lack of food influences clock function and ultimately affects the body.

“We discovered fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation,” said lead author Paolo Sassone-Corsi.

“Skeletal muscle, for example, appears to be twice as responsive to fasting as the liver,” Paolo asserted.

According to the researchers, fasting is able to essentially reprogram a variety of cellular responses. Therefore, optimal fasting in a timed manner would be strategic to positively affect cellular functions and ultimately benefiting health and protecting against ageing-associated diseases.

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