Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: June 12, 2024

Contrary to most Western sciences, in Ayurveda, the process of ‘Jara’ or aging is viewed not as an ailment but as a natural phenomenon that occurs due to the continuation of life.
Now, when it comes to this state of balanced living, several factors affect our bodies, both internally and externally, which are responsible for the disharmonious impressions of old age. These, in turn, lead to the appearance of mature skin with  pronounced wrinkles, fine lines, age spots , and such which are identified as characteristics of ‘Akala Jara’ or ‘premature aging’. 


As time passes, our bodies experience changes that impact the efficiency of different systems. This can result in saggy skin, wrinkles, and dry patches. As we age, the reduction of elastin and collagen fibers in our skin causes wrinkles. The thinning of the subcutaneous layer, which provides structure, leads to sagging skin. Western medicine attributes this to a loss of collagen and elasticity in skin cells. Ayurveda suggests other factors that contribute to wrinkles and aging skin. Let’s explore these factors and learn how to maintain healthy, youthful skin.


Wrinkles and Sun Exposure

Sun exposure is one of the primary causes of skin damage and wrinkling. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and other skin irregularities. Protecting the skin from the sun’s harmful rays is crucial to prevent premature aging.

 Skincare Routine and Wrinkles

As you age, your skin becomes more dry, sensitive, and easily irritated. Maintaining a consistent skincare regimen can help preserve your skin’s healthy glow. Cleansing and moisturizing your face twice a day, wearing sunscreen daily, and adding a topical retinoid can be beneficial.

Facial Expressions and Wrinkles

Repetitive movements with muscle contraction can also cause facial wrinkling. Frowning and squinting can cause deep wrinkles to form, particularly on the forehead and around the eyes.  These normal facial expressions, like smiling or raising eyebrows, can lead to wrinkles such as crow’s feet and forehead lines. Being mindful of your facial expressions can help minimize the appearance of these wrinkles.

Smoking and Wrinkles

Smoking not only poses various health risks but also contributes to the development of wrinkles. Research has shown that smokers tend to have more wrinkles, especially fine lines around the mouth. Quitting smoking can help slow down the aging process and improve the overall health of your skin.


– Routines or ‘Acharas’

Imbalanced daily routines, like irregular sleep patterns and exercise, along with neglecting self-care, can contribute to wrinkles and lines. Establishing a consistent routine for waking up, sleeping, and eating helps maintain undisturbed circadian rhythms. The body thrives on routine! Sleeping in the same position each night can cause facial wrinkles or creases due to external pressure on the skin. Changing sleep positions or using silk pillowcases helps reduce pressure and prevents wrinkles. Incorporating Abhyanga into your daily routine can provide valuable benefits.

-‘Ahara’ And Exercise: 

Making informed choices about our diet is crucial to prevent premature aging. Poor dietary practices, like irregular meal timings and improper food combinations, can lead to indigestion and accelerate signs of aging. Ayurveda recommends a well-balanced diet with whole foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains, comprising at least half of our plate.

To encourage harmonious aging, a Sattvic diet consisting of light and healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and oil is recommended. While energy-giving Rajasic foods like meat, fish, milk, and cream should not be overindulged in. It is best to avoid Tamasic foods such as excessive sugars, processed and preserved food, and hard liquor.

In addition to nutrition, unhealthy habits like a sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise can worsen premature aging and damage to the skin. A diet high in fat and processed foods can impact skin texture and tone, leading to breakouts. Prioritizing a balanced diet and an active lifestyle is essential for maintaining healthy and youthful skin.

Understanding the causes of wrinkles and implementing preventive measures can help maintain healthy skin as we age. By protecting our skin from sun exposure, avoiding smoking, being mindful of facial expressions, repetitive movements, and sleep positions, and adopting a healthy lifestyle and skincare routine, we can promote youthful-looking skin for longer periods. Remember, taking care of your skin is an investment in your overall well-being.